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Best Winter Cycling Shoes??(8 posts)

Best Winter Cycling Shoes??hideano
Jan 13, 2003 8:44 AM
any opinoins/reviews

Should I get Gaerne Polar Road (2002 version) or Lake MXZ300

Are they truley waterproof and truly warm.

I am thinking of Gaerne Polar Road for use with road pedals.

I ride in cold (12° F w/ windchill), wind and rain/snow--want waterproof.

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re: Best Winter Cycling Shoes??eyebob
Jan 13, 2003 9:26 AM
I've not used either. YOu can't get toastie enough with layers on your feet in the shoe and a good neoprene H2O proof outer? Is this a case of shoe lust?

re: Best Winter Cycling Shoes??hideano
Jan 13, 2003 10:22 AM
my current shoes are a bit tight thus more layers will not help, no circulation.

I have been using neoprene booties with shoes and wool socks, they do not keep toes warm enough...will last 1hr and half. Not good enough when want to do a 100 mile road ride when wind chill is about 15° F and air temperature 25-30°.

don't want to use hot heater pads because they ($) add up over time and if i only ride for 3 hrs I have wasted their full potential of 7 hrs.
re: Best Winter Cycling Shoes??toomanybikes
Jan 13, 2003 11:04 AM
I ride in the winter in Canada. I use booties and Vittoria Nordkamps. I wear polypropyline socks that I bought at a cross country ski store ( never wool in winter). No Problems.

If it's REALLY cold I throw a hot shot in the top of my shoe, for the $1.29 CDN they cost me I'm happy, better than two or three hundred for a new pair of shoes.
polyprop socks arevelocity
Jan 13, 2003 2:21 PM
a really good suggestion. this may be the answer for my cold feet when the temp dips way below freezing. i'll check it out.
Check thispmf1
Jan 13, 2003 10:41 AM
Velonews recently compared some models and came out in favor of the Lake shoe with the Gaerne coming in second. I have a pair of Sidi Storms. They are OK, but not incredibly warm. They're better than regular cycling shoes, but I still think neoprene covers are the best approach. Check out the article ---->
Check thishideano
Jan 13, 2003 12:16 PM

have seen this, but I am looking at the 2002 model which is different from the revised 03 model.

I will be doing road riding rather than mtb/off road stuff.

I can get a great price on the '02 Polar Road version instead of paying $180 or 200 for the Lake or new revamped Gaerne Polar.
Check thispmf1
Jan 13, 2003 1:02 PM
mtb pedals work fine on road bikes -- especially if you're commuting and have to walk on a marble floor to get to your office.

Just out of curiosity, what is a "great price"? If you save $50 and they aren't very warm, then its not a very good deal.

I assume you've tried neoprene booties? This may sound wierd, but it really helps to warm your shoes up in the oven before riding in the cold. Put the warm shoes on and then put on the booties.