I purchased these boots over a month ago, but our freakish El Nino weather hasn't given be cause to try them out until yesterday and today. I've taken my standard Lake road shoes down to 35 degrees F. by utilizing silk sock liners and medium weight wool socks, however I've also suffered mightily on cooler days-- after 90 minutes I can't feel my feet anymore and the feet warm up after I'm through riding is pretty uncomfortable. With temps in the teens overnight the past two nights I knew it was time.
Both rides were at about 29 degrees F. at the start and just over freezing when I finished (2-2 hour rides). In addition to the boots, I wore:
Timberland skull cap, wool/acrylic mix
Underarmor cold weather mock t-neck
Long sleeve P'zumi jersey
doublethick duofold polypro turtleneck
P'zumi shorts w/ Col de Lizard Icebike Tights
medium weight standard cycling socks
Sealskinz Chillblocker gloves
In a word, these boots are stupendously warm. Ok, that's two words, but my GOD was it nice to have warm feet for a change. Not overly warm, not sweaty, just plain old toasty. No hint of windchill. The neoprene 'sock' inner boot wraps around the foot and ankle very smoothly, no seams digging in anywhere. The toebox is roomy and I could have incorporated an even heavier sock combination without worrying about bloodflow restriction via compression. The boots 'lace up' via a wheel/wire constriction gizmo many of you are familiar with. That lace up face is tucked behind a full leather tongue cover/ankle wrap which velcros in place.
Only time will tell how these boots will hold up, but they certainly appear to be made well. More as the winter progresses,