Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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I like the Endura MT500
. I found them to be quite durable commuting. I've gotten three years out of mine, and they certainly show it, but they're still quite usable. Others I've tried haven't lasted one year. I like them well enough that I just bought another pair to keep in the drawer for when the ones I'm using finally crap out.
No bootie will keep your feet warm when it gets really cold. First, your three-seasons shoes are designed specifically to keep your feet cool. No simple covering is going to reverse that design. Secondly, no bootie is going to insulate your foot from the cleat. The cleat works as a giant heat sink to suck heat out of your feet.
Booties will help your extend your season, but in my experience, they don't get me past freezing. Below freezing I break out the Lake MXZ302s
. I don't even need a second pair of socks until the single-digits (F). Now that's toasty--and clipless.
BTW, without a doubt, the Lakes are dearly expensive. But I'm also heading into my fifth winter with them. Spread over the 5 years, so far they're $50 a year, about what some people spend on new booties every year.
Last edited by tsl; 09-01-11 at 08:19 PM.