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Old 03-01-05, 09:10 PM
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Ok, my wet weather gear is nearly complete. the one thing i need now is booties / shoe covers. I am looking for a pair that is totally waterproof, and compatable with my mountain bike style shimano clipless pedals. I live in a warm climate, so i have absolutely no intrest in the "warmth" factor. the only reason i will use them is when it is time for work, or time to come home, and it pooring outside... I can't stand it when my shoes get soaked, because even if I assist in the drying, it still takes a day or two to totally dry out, and once they are dry, they stink like poo. is there a particular bootie that i should look at? is there a material or type that would better suite my needs?

the ones i am looking at right now are
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename= and http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename= and http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
has anyone had experience with any of these? I am in no way trying to spam nashbar (i haven't even ordered from them before) they just seem to have a decent selection.

thanks for any info you can give.
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Old 03-02-05, 08:19 AM
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so does nobody use these things?
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I'll bite. I use a pair of Neoprene ones I got of EBay for ~$14. They're a little warm for summer riding but they beat getting my shoes soaked.

Word of advice, get the largest ones you can. They a a ***** to pull on over the MTB shoes. I got em on a pair of C'Dale clogs, I just leave em on all winter.
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Most booties are not totally waterproof (as I learned in a downpour). Neoprene is not waterproof, hence the term neoprene "wet"suit. It does keep you warmer than without a bootie though. I have found that the way to get around this problem is by investing in a "ziplock" bootie liner. These are quite inexpensive, but they also only last 1-2 rides.
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Honestly, I wrap duct tape around the shoes in and replace it as it falls off.
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I use Totes (the 6" high ones, not the low ones. They work fine over dress shoes, using platform pedals. People who ride clipless have reported that they also work well for them if they carefully cut a small hole in the bottom.

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performance bike is currently having a sale on the louis booties :
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?sku=17716
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I don't use booties. If my shoes get wet, or in the summer when I sweat them wet, I use the classic running shoe drying technique: I loosely stuff them with newspaper. Or I'll use the paper with which they were stuffed out of the box. Not only does it improve their wear, but I get ZERO shoe stink.
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How about SPD sandals? Dry time is about zero.
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wow... that is a good thought... something i did not think of!!!! thank you. i will check them out.
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I used to use the Bellwether booties, but no more--the zippers keep breaking; this makes two pair. I tried the LG neoprene booties, but they were too hot--like hell hot. I'm going to try the toe covers, long risers, and see if they are an alternative, but I'm not holding my breath. Anyone have any great ideas?

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I have the Nashbar Booty (second link, I believe). I've ridden in heavy, heavy downpours and my feet have remained completely dry. They're a bit heavy and clunky, but otherwise I highly recommend them.
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I use these. They're a little pricey, but totally waterproof and very easy to slip on or off....

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1109949059763
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I have and use the Performance booties. Works great.
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