I'm in the market for a winter SPD-SL shoe. I commute through the winter, and it gets cold here; temps in the single digits (F) and windchills below zero are not uncommon. I ride in them, so I need a shoe that's very warm. I already have Lake MXZ shoes. I have been totally satisfied with how warm they are, but they aren't SPD-SL compatible. I would consider the Lake model that is but it seems Lake is no more.
I will be riding two bikes this winter and one has plain SPD pedals, so a shoe that is both SPD and SPD-SL would be the bee's knees - my Lakes are pretty wornn out, and my inclination is that an SPD-SL to SPD adapter wouldn't be as stable (comments on that?). But above all the shoe needs to be warm, at least comparable to Lake MXZ302s, so I'm willing to sacrifice dual compatibility if necessary.
So far I have found that the Sidi Hydro GTX and Northwave Celsius may work well. I like the styling on the Northwave, but obviously that's not one of the top considerations.
Any help, including sizing information, be appreciated. My "summer" shoes (Specialized for SL, Shimano for SPD) are both 44 and my winter Lakes are I believe 45. I used to have summer Sidis that were 44 and my feet seemed a little crammed in them. Thank you!
i just got a pair of the Arctic Lakes to early to tell for WI weather. Feet were plenty warm at 30 today. Typically I put BMX pedals on and wear hiking boots or sorels with toe warmers when it gets snowing and cold. You just don't know when your going to hit a patch of ice and need to get out of the pedals fast. I ride down to minus 0 with little problems as far as feet go with this set up and my feet get cold easily. disposable Toe warmers are the great equalizers.
For winter commuting, I bail on my SPD-SLs and just ride my SPDs. Road cleats are slippery enough to walk on without throwing ice into the mix. Any adapter on the SPD-SL shoes/pedals would be crazy slippery, IMO. Might as well go to Speedplays with their flat metal cleat - and grease 'em up good to boot.
MTB shoes are much better when you have to unclip to get through patches of ice/snow/slush.
I have a pair of Shimano SH-MW80s, which are great. They're not as warm as I'd like, but they're pretty darn waterproof - I still get water in down from the ankle, but none at all from the bottom. And if I need warmer, shoe covers always work.
I dunno, MXZ302s are on Amazon and the Lake website. SPDs are the way to go. Just put them on on all your bikes. Love my Lakes. For rain riding, put a pair of replacement wetsuit leg seals on first and pull the bell down over the top of the Lakes. Feet stay dry all day.
SPD SL pedals and cleats are much, much larger than SPD pedals and cleats. The cleats cover the whole bottom of the shoe under the ball of the foot. I've only seen road shoes that are SPD SL compatible. I don't think MTB SPD SL shoes exist.
Myself, I don't use clipless during the winter. If you ride through much ice or snow there will be times when you need to get your foot down in a big hurry and I don't feel confident being able to unclip in time. Plus, using platforms allows me to wear winter boots which really helps with the cold in sub-zero temps.