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View Poll Results: Which Shoes will you choose for Rain & Winter biking?
Gaerne Eskimo MTB Shoes
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6.25%
Northwave CELSIUS J GTX
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18.75%
Exustar E-SM450 MTB Shoes
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18.75%
Other (please provide details)
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87.50%
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Rain & Winter Shoes for Commuting

Old 05-10-09, 07:35 AM
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Rain & Winter Shoes for Commuting

So after much research I've pretty much narrowed it down to these choices:

Gaerne Eskimo MTB Shoes
http://www.gaerne.com/

Northwave CELSIUS J GTX
http://www.northwave.com/usa/shoes_d...catid=4&area=4

Exustar E-SM450 MTB Shoes
http://www.exustar.com/sm450.php

Personally i think i'll go for the Northwave CELSIUS J GTX, but it is not on sale until September 22, which means no stock until like mid October....

that kind of forces me to choose between the Gaerne or the Exustar, unless you guys have a better suggestion.

heck it doesn't even need to be cycling shoes, i'm just looking for a good waterproof booties that is comfy for the rides.

I've tried so many "winter" booties that claims to be waterproof, and as soon as i step into a puddle of melted snow or water on a red light, the inside gets all soaked, even though the water is not even ankle high.

your feedbacks are welcome.
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Old 05-10-09, 07:58 AM
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I wear regular shoes. If I needed a dry pair upon arrival, I'd pack extra shoes (and socks).
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Old 05-10-09, 08:13 AM
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I've been wearing security guard boots for several winters now - steel shanks for relief on the bottom of the foot, relatively rain proof, fairly good traction on snow, and big enough to stuff warm socks in.

My current pair are 511 tacticals IIRC.
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Lake MXZ302 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe. Warm, waterproof (if you take care of the leather) easy in and out. Some have posted problems with durability, but I have ridden road and mountain with mine for the past three years with no issues.
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myself I like sandals. I can put on as many pairs of socks and needed without having a fit problem waterproof socks too if needed. I never found the winter boots as warm and you don't have room for extra socks if needed.
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Sorel waterproof slip-on shoes (40gr Thinsulate, rubberized body) with wool socks last winter. btw, short commute 8.4mi RT Don't like spending time lacing boots and the slip-ons handled the worst of it, down to -5F with -20F wind chill. Heavier rain and "deep" puddles suck for low tops so prefer something more boot oriented or gaitors. Reviews at MEC for the Exustar weren't the greatest. The Eskimo looks promising if the price is right. For my winter commute and utility riding, paying big bucks for a clipless boot isn't worth it.
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I wear my summer shoes only with thick wool socks and booties over the shoes.
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I currently have a pair of New Balance walking shoes. However, when they need to be replaced, I'm getting a pair of the dry walkers from Cabelas. They're comfy and fit into my company's dress policy.

http://tinyurl.com/o9e656
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Originally Posted by woodway View Post
Lake MXZ302 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe. Warm, waterproof (if you take care of the leather) easy in and out. Some have posted problems with durability, but I have ridden road and mountain with mine for the past three years with no issues.
+1 They're the warmest, most comfortable shoe I own. Full stop.

They're a little too warm for any for the coldest of sprint or autumn rains. Other times of year I use my regular cycling shoes, which I've treated with waterproofing, and Endura MT500 Overshoes, the only booties I've found that keep my feet warm and dry.
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Weee!!!... out hunting for "anti-wet" shoes today i found a pair of these
Strala Sommar Trentorn
http://store.tretorn.com/US/details.asp?catalog_name=tretorn&category_name=MensRubber&product_id=47166110&productType=Footwear&m ainCategory=Men

it's remarkably similar to the good old Chuck from Converse, but is rubber instead of fabric, and no shoelaces
http://www.converse.com/default.aspx...lection7/M9160

very comfy, i wonder if it's warm enough for winter, double layer of socks.... should do it

regardless it was an excellent buy for Rainy days.
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
+1 They're the warmest, most comfortable shoe I own. Full stop.

They're a little too warm for any for the coldest of sprint or autumn rains. Other times of year I use my regular cycling shoes, which I've treated with waterproofing, and Endura MT500 Overshoes, the only booties I've found that keep my feet warm and dry.
I love my Lakes. Great shoes and when properly taken care of will last forever. In the middle of the summer, if I know there is rain a comin, I'll just wear my sneaks and ride with clips and straps.
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Waterproof my normal leather shoe upper with waterproof paste . Keep my feet dry, save me from carry another pair of shoes with me, and condition my leather shoe upper as well.
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Old 05-11-09, 09:51 AM
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I'm considering getting the Specialized Defroster shoes for next winter. They're 100% waterproof.

They're lightly insulated. The Lake shoes would be much warmer, but the defrosters would be far better for biking in 50 degrees and rain precisely because they're not as insulated. When it's below 10 degrees I was going to put on neoprene shoe covers as you don't have to worry about rain at that temp.
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Cycling sandals for me. I got so sick of strapping on wet shoes for the commute home. Having quick dry sandals has been amazing. I haven't had to use them in cold weather yet but the plan is to loosen the straps for a drysock and however many insulating layers of socks are necessary.
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I voted "other," but have not found the best solution yet. I don't want insulation; insulation is the last thing I need. But when I need waterproof, I need really waterproof; water resistant won't do. And it has to work with a pair of gaiters or something to keep me waterproof up to where my pants stop.

I know there are all kinds of work-arounds: booties, plastic bags, whatever. But nothing good, at least not yet.
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I have Shimano MW-80s.

But the correct answer is whatever fits your feet the best. I got mine on-line, but I already knew from my other Shimano shoes what size would fit.

In warm weather I'll just wear regular MTB or road shoes and dry them out afterward. Bad idea in the winter.
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I voted "other," but have not found the best solution yet. I don't want insulation; insulation is the last thing I need. But when I need waterproof, I need really waterproof; water resistant won't do. And it has to work with a pair of gaiters or something to keep me waterproof up to where my pants stop.

I know there are all kinds of work-arounds: booties, plastic bags, whatever. But nothing good, at least not yet.
I disagree - my Gore waterproof goretex shoe covers have worked 100% in the rain and have no extra insulation. Combined with rain pants they've provided 100% coverage over my legs and feet.

Their only drawback is that they're ridiculously expensive. Oh, and I think I bought a size to large (ok, I wish there was more velcro so I could wrap them around tighter to the shoe, but I think that's just because I bought a size to large).
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I disagree - my Gore waterproof goretex shoe covers have worked 100% in the rain and have no extra insulation. Combined with rain pants they've provided 100% coverage over my legs and feet.
Interesting! Do you mean these, for $79?

What are the soles like-- can you walk in them, or are they clip-in only?
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Interesting! Do you mean these, for $79?

What are the soles like-- can you walk in them, or are they clip-in only?
Yes, those are the exact ones I have.

I don't have mine in front of me at the moment, but it's my recollection that they're almost completely open on the bottom with no sole and should fit either clipless mountain or road shoes. They have a thin-ish elastic band over the bottom middle of the shoe, so I bet they would work with boots with a heel (so you wouldn't be walking on the elastic band and wearing it out). Sneakers without a gap in the bottom middle for the elastic band would probably be a bad idea.

Do you use clipless or regular street shoes? If you're looking for overshoes over regular street shoes that have a sole but no insulation, I believe Shower's Pass makes some now.
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Do you use clipless or regular street shoes? If you're looking for overshoes over regular street shoes that have a sole but no insulation, I believe Shower's Pass makes some now.
Regular street shoes. My folding bike won't take SPD pedals or the like, and anyway, I have to get on the train, walk up stairs (it's a double decker) on the train, navigate the platform, escalators and so on... add a wet folding bike and puddles (of water, I hope!), and... well, anything funky (like a cleat) on the bottom of my shoes is just courting danger.

I'll look into Shower's Pass, thanks for the tip!
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those covers works good, to prevent water from splashing into your normal shoes

but it does not prevent you from stepping into a puddle of water that is ankle high.

you'll still get wet, if you happen to stop on top of those large puddle and you have to put a feet down.
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