Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Logan, UT
Bikes: one bike for every day of the week
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My Superfeet insoles arrived and I trimmed them to size and put them in. There might not be a big difference between them and other thermal insoles but the difference between the Superfeet insoles and what was definitely a non-thermal insole is noticeable.
Before installing them, the Lakes got me down to the mid to high 30's without shoe covers. When standing on ice cold ground, it seemed like the warmth was just disappearing into the earth. On Wednesday, a GF and I met for a drink and a dessert at Ruby Tuesday after she got off work at 10PM. It was about 15F and I decided to wear the bike shoes (that look like work boots) just to see how they handled it. After finishing our order, we went outside so she could have a smoke and we could say goodbye. After 10 minutes in the cold, she couldn't stand it any longer and my feet were still toasty warm. Much much better.
On Saturday, I rolled out to do my Christmas shopping on the tour bike at 25F. I brought shoe covers just in case but wanted to see if I could get by without them. Lo and behold, an hour and eight or so miles later I arrived at the local tavern for a brew and a Philly steak. My feet were cool but not uncomfortably cold. Same thing after another hour and stopping to get groceries on the way home. I would consider that a solid 10F improvement. I also stopped and bought a pair of semi-inexpensive safety glasses to help keep my eyes from watering. No only did they help with that, they don't seem fog up as easily as my other glasses do too. Gotta love that.
Adding some decent shoe covers should get me down to 15F without being uncomfortable which is spot on what I wanted to achieve. I call that two thumbs up.