Mountain Biking - Calientoes Okay for mtn shoe?
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I've got Lake shoes with the BOA system (round knob in the rear of the shoe to tighten the laces.) Hard to find a shoe cover that will wrap around that protrusion.
Has anyone tried the PI Calientoes with mtn bike shoes? Maybe toe covers are a better way to go for me.
I tried a pair in the shop and it's a tight fit with the rear elastic just over the set screw of the Froggies. My cleats are a bit farther back. I'm wondering if I would shred the back of the fabric after a day of riding.
I heard back from PI, who I wrote to this morning. They suggest that all toe covers rely on an external cleat, such as on a road shoe, and will not work well for the recessed product.
12-23-08, 09:03 AM
Yep. I tried toe covers one time with my mountain shoes. Just a little bit of walking and pushing off with my toe at stoplights/signs started to rip them up. They're barely still usable but never on the mtn shoes again.
You might try a plastic baggie over your sock. Does a decent job of blocking wind. Since it doesn't cover your whole foot, your feet still can breath and not get too sweaty.
12-23-08, 08:02 PM
I actually just got a set of Calientoes a week ago. So far in a week's worth of riding they're holding up pretty well. I just keep in mind to not skip my toes or drag my feet on the ground when rolling to a stop.
I am using them on a pair of Specialized Tahoe shoes, sized 14 US, with Crank Bros cleats. The large/XL size is a pretty tight fit on my shoes. Over the course of about 6 miles the back end of the cleat hole tends to slide forward along the sole of the shoe towards the cleat, but it has yet to interfere with clipping in/out yet. They do tend to gather mud/snow around the cleat, depending on how sticky it is.
Overall, I'm happy with them so far, and they do work well for keeping my toes warm.
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