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Old 10-12-02, 01:38 PM   #1
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winter footwear

This is the tricky one. Most of the trail shoes I have seen have mesh uppers, barely adaquate for an English summer on the hills.

Ive found a few waterproof winter shoes, this looks to be the best so far, now to hunt one one in the shops...

What do you guys use?
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Old 10-12-02, 03:47 PM   #2
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I don't use anything myself, though. Yet.
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Old 10-12-02, 06:34 PM   #3
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Most of the time I use my regular MTB shoes (Shimano MO36). For temperatures below freezing, with snow, I have a pair of Shimano FR80 a size larger than normal. They may have discontinued that model, they are all leather with a padded ankle. The extra size gives me room to wear Seal Skinz or hytrel socks over my wool socks. Works down to 5 degrees F. If I encounter colder I'll update. Lake has some shoe-boots that look promising, so does Gaerne (sp?), and I think I saw some Northwave shoes with neoprene liners at
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Neoprene shoe covers with velcro closures up the back and the bottom cutout for the cleat. The brand I have is "Sidetrax", they work very well keeping my feet warm and dry down to 10 degrees F., but can get kind of messy with road grime, etc...
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Old 10-14-02, 01:04 AM   #5
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I wear these:

I used to have a pair made by Salomon, those had GoreTex instead of the DryMaxx-liner. Not much difference. I don't use clipless pedals during winter.

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Old 10-14-02, 05:01 AM   #6
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I don't use clipless pedals in the winter either. I prefer wearing jungle style combat boots in the winter. I'd have to invest in anything expensive in the winter because my boots tend to get pretty trashed by the spring from all those times I have to use my foot to break because the break pads have frozen up. Jungle combats are lighter than normal combat boots and they're sooo comfy (even the cheap chinese ones).
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Old 10-14-02, 05:24 AM   #7
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Do you ever get cold feet from SPD cleats, or water seeping though the cleat when you stand in a puddle?
I like a winter shoe to be waterproof, and enable me to put my foot into an inch of cold water when I stop. I also prefer a shoe I can walk around town in, without looking a complete dork.

MadCat, ever though about using a hub brake in winter?
The Shimano Nexus one is not as sharp as rims brake in the dry, but is supposed to keep on working.
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Old 10-14-02, 07:12 AM   #8
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I also prefer not to use clipless cleats in the winter. I wear LL Bean's insulated hiking boots. My feet are always toasty warm and these boots are comfortable to walk in.
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Old 10-20-02, 09:53 PM   #9
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I just posted a little "discovery" on another (slightly threadworn) thread, FS vs. HT). It's probably more appropriate here. I've changed pedals of both a hybrid and an MTB that I use to commute to BU (aluminum hybrid in snow and sand with salt; steel MTB when there is little risk of the salt eating the Columbus Thron steel frame). I swapped the stock pedals with "Big Mashers" from Nasbar ($14.95 a pair plus shipping). These 4-inch by 4-inch beasts each have 26 sharp points that dock perfectly with vibram hiking boot soles or sports shoes (such as Skechers). I foumd that I can really crank with these secure platforms. I also find myself standing more frequently and securely at 3 o'clock/9 o'clock pedal positions. Plus I'll be able to jump into snowbanks faster!

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Funny that nobody suggested the Sidi storm winter cycling shoes. I use them on my cross bike in the winter with neoprene socks and my feet never get cold. By adding booties, I've been able to go on road rides in 20 degree weather for over two hours with these shoes.
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