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Old 01-26-07, 12:28 AM   #1
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Toe covers

I've been reading the what I wore thread and lots of people talk about neoprene toe covers. I have a set I wear in the rain to keep my shoes dry, but for cold riding do people wear them inside their shoes or on the outside? 'Cause my toes were cold tonight.
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Old 01-26-07, 09:35 AM   #2
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In winter most people wear neoprene toe/full booties on the out side of there shoes/boots,they will provide a wind/rain block,but will not supply much added heat,which is what you need when it get"s real cold.
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Toe covers basically shut off the venting properties of your shoe and add a minute amount of insulation where you'll most want it. A good option for cooler temps.
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Outside ... with good thick wool socks inside the shoe over your feet.
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I do wear neoprene toe covers under my shoes over a pair of heavy wool socks. I tried them over the shoe (they have cut outs for the cleats) but basically I like them better this way. I have not noticed any problems and they will probably wear better than the other way. I noticed that even with the cleat cut out ,
clipping in was wearing the bottoms out. Try them both ways and see which you like better. Your shoes will need some extra room to do this.
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I'm in Ottawa, Canada and our winters are pretty damn cold (with the exception of this year so far) Here's what I've been doing since it started getting cold/messy.

I use Time ATACs with MTB shoes. I put my shoes on first, then I wrap my shoes with a plactic (grocery) bag. Then I put the neoprene bootie on. When I first started doing this, I would cut a hole out for the cleat, but later I realised that with the Time sysem, I could just clip in with the bag on. I can't speak for other systems, but it works great for me. The added wind protection is great and it keeps me dry in all conditions.

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