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Performance Neoprene Booties? Anyone?(11 posts)

Performance Neoprene Booties? Anyone?Steve-O
Jan 28, 2004 1:58 PM
Okay... I'm tired of frozen toes and trying to cram wool socks into my Sidi shoes. Anyone use these? They have a plastic sole that contacts the pavement so I'm worried that might wear out over time. Here's a link and a pict so you know what I'm looking at... I did a google search for "booties" but didn't find what I was looking for ;-)

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=17558

bought 'em last monthlitespeedchick
Jan 28, 2004 2:04 PM
have worn them on 2 below-freezing, snow-on-ground mountain bike rides. Feet were toasty. I'm very happy with them. Have not worn them on the road.

I imagine I walked more on two rides mountain biking that you will on a road bike in a year, so I wouldn't worry about wearing out the bottom.

Make sure you get them at least 2 sizes too big.
re: Performance Neoprene Booties? Anyone?SteveCnj
Jan 28, 2004 2:12 PM
I have them, the sole is actually a soft rubber material. It is pre-scored to the shape of alternate cleats. You cut the sole to match the cleats that you use. I have had them only about two months so I can not address long term wear issues, but for $20.00 they seem to be well made. I have used them comfortably on rides of approximatly 2-2.5 hrs where temperatures have been in the high teens. I wear them over sidi genius IV's and regular cycling socks.
re: Performance Neoprene Booties? Anyone?SSC SL
Jan 28, 2004 2:21 PM
I have had mine for over a year and they don't show any signs of wear. Mine have a rubber sole not plastic. They are great. They keep my toes warm and they are relatively easy to get on and off. I would buy them again.
Thanks! Stopping by there tonight! nmSteve-O
Jan 28, 2004 2:37 PM
nm
Not really a Performance fan, but....B2
Jan 28, 2004 3:05 PM
their neoprene booties are a good deal. I've had mine for 1.5 to 2 years with no problems. I can't say that for any other Performance clothing I've purchased.

Good product, Good price - recommend.

Bryan
bad quality zippersColnagoFE
Jan 28, 2004 3:11 PM
broke 3 pair in a few months. ended up getting a pair from excel for about the same price that have lasted a few years now.
re: Performance Neoprene Booties? Anyone?djg
Jan 28, 2004 3:33 PM
Seem ok to me. Probably not the nicest out there, but they were really cheap (maybe 15 bucks on sale?) and they work just fine. The sole is rubber (synthetic I imagine) and pretty thick--I suppose it might wear out eventually but so far it's fine.
Good stuff.KG 361
Jan 28, 2004 5:04 PM
I got a pair about 8 yrs ago (ok, they were nashbar, but they are the same). Still use them. May not be the most stylish, but they keep the toes warm and are CHEAP. Unbeatable combo IMHO.
I have a theseMike P
Jan 29, 2004 4:26 AM
They keep the feet warm.

The heel section of the rubber sole seems a bit wide to me. I frequently have to pull the booties around a little because they hit the chainstays.

Mike
best I've seen for $15BenR
Jan 29, 2004 9:44 PM
I've had mine for almost 5 years and the same pair fit both my 46 road and 46 mtn sidi shoes. They make you look like you are riding with those big wood Dutch shoes and water eventually gets in (or it was sweat) but my feet always stayed warm. On very cold days ie 34 degrees slush, I would have to wear wool socks to keep my toes warm, but I don't think any bootie can completely protect in those conditions. On the other hand, they're too warm when it is about 40 degrees and dry out.

Someone mentioned the zippers, which are indeed the weak spot of these booties and not the highest quality, but I can still get them to work with a little coaching. I also just broke the handle off one and the teeth on the other side are crumbling from the abuse of being zipped in road grit. The bottom of the soles are worn but still intact after spending 4 winters walking my bike up 5 flites of dorm wheel chair ramps almost every day. Not to mention a few mountain bike rides and such.

I want a pair of bellwether or pearl izumi booties since they might be lighter and easier to put on, but the prices are ridiculous and I can't find info regarding their durability, so I'll probably end up buying another pair from Performance or someone similar (I'm becoming increasingly dissatisfied with Performance products and service). Bottom line: Performance booties aren't highly-refined but they're one of the best $15 I've spent.