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What about those Northwave Grizzly shoes?(7 posts)

What about those Northwave Grizzly shoes?mazobob
Nov 7, 2002 1:46 PM
I live in wisconsin and as you know winter can suck- In the mean time, before the roads are ice covered- Have any of you folks tried this shoe? Size up? wool socks? what is the coldest you've ridden with them. I like to get in 25 miles perday here inthe hills of south west WI. Your responses are appreciated.
re: What about those Northwave Grizzly shoes?JS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2002 2:21 PM
purchased a pair of these from nashbar or performance, can't remember which, in late january and used them on two february rides.

2/2: 57.84 miles, 30 degrees tarting, 45 degrees returning, on the road for 4 hours (single speed).

2/3: 29.72 miles, 40-45 degrees, on the road for 2 hours (gears).

my take was that, though they may be good for keeping the snow out of your socks, they are about equivalent to mtb shoes, wool socks, and neoprene booties as far as warmth. they were comfy, but not well-made enough to make me feel like i'd paid around $100 for a pair of shoes (they were on sale).

I took the cleats off and returned them. wasn't going to not ride $100 shoes that weren't warm like they were touted.

mb1 likes the lake winter mtb boots. they are getting my cash this year, if i can find them in my size (46). seems those advertising them online don't actually HAVE them in stock in my size, despite claims. ugh!

so far this year i've been ok with the wool/shoes/neoprene covers, but last night my toes became numb. looks like i'll be breaking out the chemical warmers here pretty soon.

though perhaps appropriate, 'tarting' should be 'starting' nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2002 2:23 PM
I have the Northwave arctic road shoes.look271
Nov 7, 2002 3:12 PM
They are similar, I suppose. I've been comfortable so far and have used them in temps down to the low 40's high 30's with only smartwool socks underneath. Don't order the next size up-they seem to have a larger toe-box for more layers and I think that if you went up a size they'd be too big. If you have goretex booties or would wear silk liners with them you'd still have enough room, IMO. Liners or booties I imagine would make them comfy in temps much lower than I've rode in.
I have the Northwave arctic road shoes.Ray Sachs
Nov 8, 2002 5:12 AM
I have the same Northwave winter road shoe - Identical to the Grizzly except for the sole. Fine into the 30s with just socks. Fine into the teens with neoprene socks and wind covers over the shoes.

Best winter cycling item I own.

Arctics and booties?AFred
Nov 8, 2002 8:35 AM
You guys must live down south. I'm just breakin' out the shoe covers in the 30s and 40s. I've ridden with coolmax socks and Arctics down into the low teens and been comfortable. If you're using winter boots and shoe covers, you guys must be wearing heated jerseys and balaclavas up top!
I wear wool in the summer too - gimme a break :) (nm)Ray Sachs
Nov 8, 2002 10:55 AM