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What does anybody know about Windtex material???(8 posts)

What does anybody know about Windtex material???Swat Dawg
Feb 22, 2003 9:56 PM
For the past two days the weather has been absolutely piss nasty here in the NE, but I have gone out both days. Both days I have returned from my rides with toes that feel like solid bricks of ice floating in artic waters. The rain soaks right through the shoes to my feet despite wearing plastic bags and two socks inside my shoes. As a result, I have resolved to purchase a good pair of thermal, preferably waterproof shoe booties. Everywhere I turn there is this material called Windtex, and I'm curious as to how effective it is at keeping me dry and warm, and if not both at least warm. Is the material better than neoprene? And, Do ya know of some place where I can order it cheap? Thanks in advance

Swat Dawg '04
re: What does anybody know about Windtex material???rogue_CT1
Feb 22, 2003 10:20 PM
I have a Windtex jacket and it's great. Just as advertised. The thing keeps me warm down into the 20's then I need another layer. It is waterproof and blocks the wind too. It also does a good job of absorbing impact with the ground too. I've had to crashes in the last month and no road rash or bruises. The left arm is messed up but the jacket is still usable. Two thumbs up for Windtex!
re: What does anybody know about Windtex material???rogue_CT1
Feb 22, 2003 10:21 PM
I have a Windtex jacket and it's great. Just as advertised. The thing keeps me warm down into the 20's then I need another layer. It is waterproof and blocks the wind too. It also does a good job of absorbing impact with the ground. I've had two crashes in the last month and no road rash or bruises. The left arm is messed up but the jacket is still usable. Two thumbs up for Windtex!
The membrane is not waterproofboneman
Feb 23, 2003 2:32 AM
If you're concerned about wet feet, forget windtex. It's a membrane material which is windproof but it will absorb water. I have windtex booties and don't use them if I know it's going to be wet.

I have a number of windtex jackets, jersies and gillets. They do work well in the wet but that's more a function of blocking out the wind which is probably r_ct1's point.

If you want booties that are waterproof, look at some of the coated neoprene models from Carnac or Castelli, or some of the goretex models. Neoprene by itself absorbs water but by either adding a coating of material or water resistant treat, they can withstand the effects of water longer. I ride every day, year round in the UK, the conditions are wet and I have 3 different pairs of neoprene booties.
The membrane is not waterproofrogue_CT1
Feb 23, 2003 10:08 AM
I should specify, my only experience is with a windtex jacket, I've never used the booties. I have some kind of neoprene material for my booties. Works well but it is super thick and kind of cumbersome.
booties are toughQubeley
Feb 23, 2003 4:45 AM
I've rode through the winter and still haven't figure out how to keep my feet warm.
Windtex, Windstopper, neoprene, non of these are truly water proof. They are water repellent at best. Which means they might keep you feet dry for about an hour or so, then the water begins to penetrate into the booties. These booties are pretty good for dry weathers though.
I think the best choice to keep your feet warm during cold and wet day is those thick, ugly "husky" shoes like the one made by Northwave. It has a insulation layer and a water proof cover. I was just not ready to shell out the dough for a pair that I can only wear for one or two monthes. Maybe someone has them and can give some feedback.
I have the Husky'sboneman
Feb 23, 2003 12:35 PM
The road models work pretty well and are not thick at all, including the sole area. Again, they're probably not totally waterproof but I use them together with neoprene booties when it goes below 45F and wet as my feet do tend to get cold. They work well on long rides and I have yet to find my feet wet when wearing the Husky's. I find that I use them, not necessarily everyday, from about November-March in UK but that's as I ride during the week at night or very early in the morning when it's generally coldest.

They make some fairly good booties in Europe that are actually waterproof, some from Goretex and others from coated neoprene. Dry weather winter riding in Northern Europe is a fairly damp/wet experience. Cycling + just had a review of booties, some of which were waterproof.
Gortex SocksSadlebred
Feb 23, 2003 7:06 PM
I have a pair of Gortex Socks that I picked up at REI for about $50. I think they are "Rocky" brand. Sealskinz also sells a pair of waterproof socks. I can ride in the driving rain and not have wet feet when I get home. I've also walked through creeks on my mtb with them and still had dry feet even with soaking wet shoes. Best $50 for wet weather I've spent. Put a pair of neoprene booties over them and my shoes, and my feet are toasty down to about freezing.