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Anyone using Northwave Husky or similar winter shoe?(10 posts)

Anyone using Northwave Husky or similar winter shoe?teoteoteo
Jan 6, 2004 3:02 PM
Sadly I live in Austin and need really warm shoes for the few days that it gets cold here. My feet get horribly cold and it forces to stay indoors or at best ride MTB. Even worse is that I get super warm when I ride--even in cold that causes problems for other people I sweat. Below 40 seems to the point when I really notice.

Anyway, I can get Sidi's at the shop but don't anticipate needing them so much that I need Sidi durability/price. Has any tried the Northwave huskies.
Jan 6, 2004 3:18 PM
I've had the Husky for several years. Now, it doesn't get *that* cold here in Fresno, but probably comparable to Austin. The coldest I'll ever see is maybe 28 degrees, and even on days that begin that cold it will be 45-50 by noon.

The Husky is warm by itself, with wool socks, down to about 40 degrees. With over-booties, sub-freezing still was perfectly tolerable.

I think much of keeping your toes warm is keeping your legs warm, including the lower leg. The feet's blood supply, providing warmer blood, passes through the legs on the way. If you keep the pipes warmer, you get warmer output at the toes. So, in combination with booties, wear long wool socks and full layer or two of leg wamers/tights, and you'll be perfectly comfortable.

They are somewhat water resistant, but in a downpour or drafting others for long in rain, water will soak down from the ankles. It helps to Scotchguard the elastic ankle parts.

Got'em bothchar
Jan 6, 2004 8:53 PM
I ride not too far from Dog Sloan, maybe 508 miles from Fresno and i do have both Huskies and Sidi mtn and road shoes, my genius level is maybe #2 tops. It has been in the upper 20s F lately in the early AM when I start. I actually prefer the Sidi mtns for commuting and general rain weather, this may be due that the shoes are 8+ years old and the foot is accustomed to the (inter)face. Her ups and downs are now second nature to me now. And the booties help too.

40 degrees F and you are cold feet? Cold duck I can understand but feet and hands get cold so just get used to it.

Perhaps the reason your feet are cold is insufficient head gear.

Jus ribbin ya a little, but I have done the commute thang down to -25 F when cars won't start. A further question is are your feet just cold or are there other body parts cold? After riding is it at 1/2, 1, 2 3, 4, 5 hours they are cold?
Are your fingers cold? Whas'a matter wit you?
Its not cold enough here so if you are 42 cm, they can be yours (and yes, I will pay for the ad if sold)

Jan 7, 2004 6:33 AM
Okay, I'll answer the best I can. My feet are the only part of may body that doesn't stay warm. The problem is that they become so frigid they don't thaw out for quite bit after I ride. I've come back to find them pale and blue-ish and then had horrible issues with them swelling and in pain after I showered and blood started to return.

I do wear a nice beanie and the cold can be from the start--as I type it's a bit cold in my house and my feet are frigid. I figured the best thing for me to do is to get the warmest shoes I can.

Doug..thanks for the info and the soapbox I'll work on the lower pipe coverage to see if it helps.
Why not get booties?Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 7, 2004 6:49 AM
Save yourself a lot of money. I've found the cheap neoprene ones to be very effective. Road shoes, thin socks and booties gets me down to about 15F. Below that I stretch some old smartwool socks over my shoes to go along with the booties.

I've also used gore-tex socks with some success. They are a bit bulkier than wool socks, but I get down to 35F with just those and road shoes. They completely prevent wind from getting to the foots, and come up well over the ankle. $20 at Performance. They don't stretch, so you have to size right.

Basically, just get the booties.

Jan 7, 2004 7:53 AM

I have all of the above options (I work in a shop). The Amphib Pearl Booties work pretty well but they are a pain to deal with from a time standpoint. I'd use these alot to commute with too so being able to throw them on and go quick holds some promise. I have a multiple commute routes and want these for my long route. We just have never had the shoes at the shop so I was fishing for some opinions.
Cool, and a question...Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 7, 2004 8:27 AM
Are you somebody's uncle? My niece calls me teoteoteo, but if she were able to, she would spell it "tio tio tio". She's a little spanish speaking senorita.

Cool, and a question...teoteoteo
Jan 7, 2004 12:19 PM
Not and Uncle but I get the question some...I raced MTB with somehow got listed as Teo Arnold (my name is Ted Arnold) in the Norba database for my region. People started calling me Teo and a friend made a funny rhyme out of a song that went hey-o, hey-o, hey-o in the original lyrics....

and that is the rest of the story...
More soapboxchar
Jan 7, 2004 7:38 PM
I agree with Doug about keeping the pipeline warm.

Maybe your shoes are too tight? You need wiggle room for cold weather riding. Buy a bigger size, match them with the socks you are going to wear.

This is what I have done in colder weather. You have to use booties, preferably ones that are thermal. Silk undersocks then cross-country ski socks (knicker socks) the ones that go over your knee. Then add leg warmers and tights. Still cold? Add thermal tights. Colder still add wool knickers. Lower the seat slightly to compensate for the additional layers. This was with shoes 2 cm larger than summer shoes and some really thick wool socks. Good for those 10 deg F rides for 4 hours.

If this doesn't help, then you are just going to have to wuss out and buy some battery operated heated socks. This is your best option.
Or dust the feet with cayenne powder.
Or use heat packets.

Hope this helps

re: Anyone using Northwave Husky or similar winter shoe?djg
Jan 7, 2004 7:16 AM
I have a pair of huskies. I find them fine in the 30s, although I should say that, since I got the shoes all my rides at that temperature have been pretty limited--maybe a couple of hours or so.