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Old 06-14-16, 08:04 PM   #1
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Your favourite winter cycling boots.

I need to get winter cycling boots and wondered what you all wear and whether or not you like them. If you like them, what you like about them?
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I ride a fat bike in the winter, and I do some winter commuting. So, I picked up a used set of SiDi Diablo GTX boots, and I have mixed impressions:

Good:
+ waterproof
+ warmish (not insulated, but room for 2 pair of wool socks)
+ pedaling efficiency (stiff soles)

Bad:
- terrible traction when walking. The rubber of the cleated outsole is very hard and not very grippy, so I've nearly fallen several times when walking indoors on a smooth surface (like inside a convenience store or bike shop).
- uncomfortable to walk in (stiff soles)
- fit. They fit loose around the back of the heel. I can get them to fit OK with thicker socks and by really cinching down the upper strap.


I think I would prefer a boot that is designed more like a hiking boot than one that is designed like a MTB race shoe. I like the Lake MXZ303 and 45Nrth Wolvhammer; their soles seem stiff enough for cycling but with good Vibram rubber outsoles (not rock-hard rubber).
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I wear some Chippewa waterproof insulated work boots. They work pretty well.
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I searched for a long time (ten years ago) and settled on Keen Winterport, but it's no longer available although there is now a Winterport II, which is very similar. The critical design aspect for me was that I wanted something more like a winter insulated shoe with an integral gaiter, so that my ankle would not be too restrained or rub annoyingly but also avoiding any air gap at the ankle. I bought several sizes larger as well, in order to have space for a second pair of socks. I wanted the gaiter as I generally wear tight wind pants as a top layer and wanted to have the gaiters overlap a good distancne, instead of looser snow pants or snow bits which would have telescoped over the gaiter section.

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I was going to say you're a bit out of season, but I suppose that is life in the other half of the world.

Around here we get more wet than cold. I have a pair of Shimano MW-02 shoes that I find very comfortable. Neoprene tops. They do have some leather which has worn badly with the winter weather.

I've snagged a pair of MW81 shoes, but holding off on them till next winter.
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Neos overshoes. They slip on and off my dress shoes in seconds and are waterproof.
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Lake mx303. They are not completely water proof, but that is ok, and here is why: they are warm, but breathable. If it is 35F/3C, they are warm, even when wet. If it drops below freezing, being wet isn't a problem because they are far less likley to get wet. Unless you do sub freezing low water crossings, but I know that you are smarter than that. They also come in wide widths, which I recommend, because it allows was room for extra sock. They are impervious to road spray, the only way to get wet socks is to stand in water above the ankle.

Walkable soles are great. The only downside is that they are relativly heavy, but I am willing to take that trade off for comfort. Ditch the stock insole.

My only regret is not getting them sooner.
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Same New Balance 608 trainers I've worn for years, regardless of weather. I don't even change the tires to ride in the winter.
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I was going to say you're a bit out of season, but I suppose that is life in the other half of the world.
Yep ... it's the middle of winter here, and these are the types of events and training rides I'd like to get the boots for ...

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So much of your coldest riding is between 30°F and 40°F. Rain?

I picked up a pair of Specialized Defroster boots, but my bony ankles don't like them.

As mentioned, the Shimano MW-02, and I presume the revised MW-81 are extremely comfortable... I don't get real cold, but I think I've had them out to 20°F or so (-5°C). I don't know if my feet notice the cold a lot (as long as they aren't frozen), but I could wear the boots from freezing up until fairly warm weather (20°C or so?)
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Yes, there's a fairly high potential of rain during the winter.
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Last winter I used wool high-tops from Chrome over wool socks, and my feet stayed warm and comfortable. They are meant for cycling (the heel is more narrow than regular sneakers), but they don’t accept cleats. They do work just fine with toe clips. On rainy days, you’d probably want to use waterproof shoe covers.

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At 30-40 degrees F, I find that neoprene booties and wool socks work for me. It's a very good combo for rain and cold. In really cold weather (snow and ice), it's hard to beat insulated boots and platform pedals.
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I currently use my Lake mtn bike shoes with either a lightweight shoe cover or heavy neoprene shoe covers. I've used that method for years ... more than a decade ... and yes, it works.

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But I want weatherproof boots now.

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I'm pootling around and just need my feet dry when its raining, did so this week , Junuary as the locals call it.

LL Bean Rubber Moccasins a slip on is adequate ..

For My long tour in 97 I got shoe covers a Home sewing business made them , but have ceased since..
2 layers of coated Nylon + a fleece liner .

The 1st day of winter coming up down there How cold a Boot you Need ? Pro Kit, Sidi race type? road or Mountain Sole?
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The 1st day of winter coming up down there
First day of winter happened 3 weeks ago ... June 1.
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I go by solstices (& equinoxes) , as divisions.. astronomical not political Declarations .. 12/21, 6/21 Summer and Winter Solstice - Geoscience Australia
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I go by solstices (& equinoxes) , as divisions.. astronomical not political Declarations .. 12/21, 6/21 Summer and Winter Solstice - Geoscience Australia
Well, in Australia, we go by this ...
Australian weather and seasons ? a variety of climates | australia.gov.au
The Temperate zone occupies the coastal hinterland of New South Wales, much of Victoria, Tasmania, the south-eastern corner of South Australia and the south-west of Western Australia. The seasons in the temperate zone are described in terms of European seasons applied to the southern hemisphere in the following sequence:
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November

The solstices happen somewhere in the middle of the season.


Here in Tasmania, winter started June 1 so it is winter here and has officially been winter for 3 weeks. It has also been winter-y since May 10.

Snow blankets parts of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


About the boots ... we've ordered something and when they arrive in a week or so, I'll see how they are.

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anyhow its like January in June in the Northern western Oregon coast , now.


but when the Bartenders are going thru Menopause they turn on the airconditioner , because they feel Hotter, freezing the Patrons.
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I need to get winter cycling boots and wondered what you all wear and whether or not you like them. If you like them, what you like about them?
The loving Mrs Toad got me a pair of 45NRTH Wölvhammer as a Christmas gift.

I ride in extreme cold and tend to say warmer than the average bear; but not my toes, they suffer in the cold. The Wölvhammer were good for me at temps down to -5F. On long rides (over 20 miles) in temps colder than -10F I found I needed chemical heaters in the boots to keep the toes from turning to ice cubes. I plan to work with a local friend to make insulated boot covers for the coldest rides.

The boots very comfortable for all day rides - longest ride was a metric century back in February.

The only down side, they are heavy, but I don't know if any warm boot will be 'light'.

For reference, prior to the Wölvhammer, I'd use old Gortex hiking boots. These were good, but not great.
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About the boots ... we've ordered something and when they arrive in a week or so, I'll see how they are.
don't keep us in suspense . . . what sort of somethings are enroute?

PS, should have mentioned as timing is close, but in the case where you don't like the somethings, and if it's helpful, I'll be coming close to you mid-July, in case free transport from central USA would be a benefit (I could carry as part of baggage, would not be able to avoid customs/duty but transport would be nil). Will be as far south as Braeside/Mordialloc VIC and would imaging post from there would be less, planning to arrive 13th July.
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don't keep us in suspense . . . what sort of somethings are enroute?

PS, should have mentioned as timing is close, but in the case where you don't like the somethings, and if it's helpful, I'll be coming close to you mid-July, in case free transport from central USA would be a benefit (I could carry as part of baggage, would not be able to avoid customs/duty but transport would be nil). Will be as far south as Braeside/Mordialloc VIC and would imaging post from there would be less, planning to arrive 13th July.
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And thanks for the offer! Hopefully those will do the trick, or if not I have my eye on some others from CRC. We get free shipping from the UK, but if we were ordering from the US we might have taken you up on your offer ... stuff coming from the US is expensive.

If we were still in Victoria, we might have been able to meet in person ... how long will you be in Australia?
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anyhow its like January in June in the Northern western Oregon coast , now.


but when the Bartenders are going thru Menopause they turn on the airconditioner , because they feel Hotter, freezing the Patrons.
Saves on ice.
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When the big spiders start knitting woolies it's winter in Australia.


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Australian weather and seasons ? a variety of climates | australia.gov.au
The Temperate zone occupies the coastal hinterland of New South Wales, much of Victoria, Tasmania, the south-eastern corner of South Australia and the south-west of Western Australia. The seasons in the temperate zone are described in terms of European seasons applied to the southern hemisphere in the following sequence:
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November

The solstices happen somewhere in the middle of the season.


Here in Tasmania, winter started June 1 so it is winter here and has officially been winter for 3 weeks. It has also been winter-y since May 10.

Snow blankets parts of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


About the boots ... we've ordered something and when they arrive in a week or so, I'll see how they are.
And I guess cricket is done for my friend in Vic.
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... how long will you be in Australia?
Not so long, just working a few days. 13-16 July in Braeside, 17-21 in Sydney area.
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