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Which WINTER Road shoe do you use?(10 posts)

Which WINTER Road shoe do you use?mazobob
Nov 25, 2002 5:42 PM
Tell me about yours, my feet are cold
I actually manage with normal shoes and bootiesweiwentg
Nov 25, 2002 7:57 PM
I'm using the Performance neoprene booties. temps are currently down to the 30s. so far, my feet haven't frozen (hands are another story). last year, I managed shorter rides with temps in the 20s.
Northwave Huskyboneman
Nov 26, 2002 12:49 AM
For years I used booties. All types including neoprene and fleece lined. I must have 9 pairs lying around. This primarily due to having wide feet. Winter boots have been available going back to toe clip and straps days but they've always been too narrow.

I finally found and tried the Northwaves which fit. Hasn't gotten cold enough yet but I'm looking forward to longer rides when it gets down into the 30's and lower. I'll undoubtedly use them with neoprene booties at lower temperatures.

I've found after years of riding that the booties are great but that my feet were freezing due to the soles. Hopefully the Northwaves have some insulation barrier down there. I believe that the Carnacs do although I'm not sure about the Sidi's.
Shoes 1 size bigger, wool/polypro sox & neoprene booties. nmdzrider
Nov 26, 2002 5:08 AM
Just got a pair of Northwaves.djg
Nov 26, 2002 6:19 AM
I've been using the Evolution as my regular shoe so I bought the Husky for winter. Partly, I just didn't want to muck around with booties at both ends of the commute when I didn't have to.

It's really too early (or too warm) to know how they'll do in very cold weather. I've had them out in the 30s, where they are plenty comfotable and certainly warmer than the Evolutions. One thing to know about fit is that although they are roomy upfront, like the Evolutions, the higher boot and sort of built in bootie that they sport can give you a little less room over the instep (and I have high insteps).

Initial impression: not perfect, but it seems like a decent product at a reasonable price.
Nov 26, 2002 7:57 AM
I ride SPD pedals on my commuter and use Diadora Poblanos:

They're pricey but often at discount at Nashbar and others. Great sealing system with zipper, very cozy in winter.
I make the bike snobs sneershawniemc
Nov 26, 2002 9:32 AM
I just put normal platform pedals (no clips) on my CX bike and ride with my hiking boots! I'm not trying for speed in the winter and they're big enough to put two pairs of socks on. I very rarely have problems with cold toes, and it was 15 degrees this morning.
re: Which WINTER Road shoe do you use?aliensporebomb
Nov 26, 2002 12:41 PM
This is really silly but it works:

I was out on a ride with my wife and a friend and we
ducked into her workplace for some water.

I was using my Diadora Cosmo road shoes and they have a
duct that allows fresh air to go right to your feet.

This is great in summer, but in fall and winter you get
some cold feet if you follow me.

When I was in my wife's workplace I asked if they had any
plastic bags around. Sure enough, the front desk person

I took two, then cut them so they'd fit my feet yet not
have any excess plastic so they'd essentially be snug
inside the shoe with no excess showing around the ankle.

It worked like a charm and kept my feet warm on a 32
degree day - an old trick I remember many moms giving
kids wonder bread wrappers to put their feet in and
then into their winter boots on sledding days.

I probably wouldn't use it on super cold days but for
the thirties it worked fine.
poor man's rain cover too ...Geardaddy
Nov 26, 2002 3:35 PM
The ole plastic bread bag is not so silly. They're also very effective as a water tight rain cover for your feet. Put the plastic bread bag over your shoe and use a rubber band or strap around your ankles. The bag is also thin enough so that you can clip in to your clipless pedals through the bag! They're cheap, disposable, and quite effective for the daily commuter.
re: Which WINTER Road shoe do you use?PiedmontRider
Nov 27, 2002 5:07 AM
I use my mountain shoes (all my pedals are SPD's) and a pair of gore-tex water proof socks. They come up over the ankle and do a great job of keeping the cold and wet out of my shoes and let my feet stay warm and toasty!