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Old 04-13-11, 12:31 AM   #1
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Cycling shoes that keep feet dry in the rain?

I'm considering moving to clipless pedals which require cycling shoes for the cleats.
Currently, I wear waterproof boots in the rain, so I'm concerned that cycling shoes will allow rain to soak my feet and take over a day to dry-out like sneakers.
Just wondering if anyone has discovered a pair of cycling shoes that are good at keeping out the rain. Thanks
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Old 04-13-11, 11:56 AM   #2
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...pair of cycling shoes that are good at keeping out the rain...
Forget it.

Any technology that excludes water will by definition retain sweat. Apart from sweat, consider the pure Newtonian physics involved in cycling in the rain. Water flying at every seam and crease from every direction WILL get in. Reality.

Yes, wettness is a drag to deal with, but if you focus on the really important issue, it's hypothermia that you need to accomodate. Everything else is just comfort and mood...the realm of dairy cattle and non-athletes.

If you're cycling in the rain, you'll be wet [rain or/and sweat]. If it's deal-killer, stay inside.
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SPD sandals and Sealskinz are your huckleberry.
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You can try shoe covers.
In the summer I just let my shoes get wet.
In cold rain:

http://www.wintercyclingshoes.com/co...ake-mxz302.htm


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On the other hand, most cycling shoes are better vented than your sneakers and may dry more quickly.
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For riding in the rain I use a beater bike with platform pedals and reserved my pristine road bike with clipless pedals for dry roads. Since I don't need a hole in the sole for cleats, I wear Totes, and sometimes plastic bags over my shoes and even over my socks.
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Forget it.

Any technology that excludes water will by definition retain sweat. Apart from sweat, consider the pure Newtonian physics involved in cycling in the rain. Water flying at every seam and crease from every direction WILL get in. Reality.

Yes, wettness is a drag to deal with, but if you focus on the really important issue, it's hypothermia that you need to accomodate. Everything else is just comfort and mood...the realm of dairy cattle and non-athletes.

If you're cycling in the rain, you'll be wet [rain or/and sweat]. If it's deal-killer, stay inside.
It's somewhat possible, but you need:

1. Good waterproof cycling shoes to begin with. I have a pair of Shimano SH-MW80s, IIRC. Winter MTB shoes, pretty waterproof. Also expensive.
2. Good shoe covers. No, they're not redundant.
3. Tights that are at the least VERY water resistant on the front of the lower legs, and that also have a zip cuff that's large enough to fit OVER your shoes/shoe cover tops. If you put the cuffs inside the shoe and/or shoe cover tops, water will flow down your legs right into the insides of your shoes.

That sufficed to keep my feet almost totally dry for about three hours in a pretty hard 35F rain. Of course, I did a four-hour ride.

And if it hadn't been that cold out, that setup would have soaked my feet with sweat.
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Wear something like this (see link) over your shoes & bring an extra pair of socks. As himespau said, cycling shoes should dry out faster than sneakers.

http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-Ba.../dp/B00280N7YG
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SPD sandals and Sealskinz are your huckleberry.
Sealskinz keep your feet warm and dry (especially if you use wool or poly sock liners), sandals dry faster than any shoe.
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I bought a pair of LL Bean boots , low 6'' upper. they work great.

.. with grip pin fitted platform pedals

rubber bottom , leather upper, and have the rare shoe feature, a
Made in USA label.
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If it's not too cold I'll usually wear rubber sandals with my platform pedals. Sure my feet get wet, but they would anyway, and the sandals dry very quickly
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I use Pearl Izumi Barrier GTX winter mtn shoes in the winter, and for climbing Mt Evans in the summer.
(I've hit rain 3/4 times on Mt Evans).
They work great, except for the time my (non-waterproof) pants got soaked and let water run down inside the shoes.
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