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Old 09-28-18, 12:29 AM
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Cold weather road shoe options

Hi , what do you do do to keep your feet warm as the weather turns cold , or maybe you live in a always cold area ??? Minus those foot warmers packets .

Is it better to buy a dedicated cold weather road shoe. I was thinking the fizik r5 looks really good , but the review says its not stiff enough. I doubt id notice the difference on a cold winter days training .

My other option would be some regular road shoes around 200 usd mark , and use my custom over sock method, wich is two layers of very large wool socks over my shoes with thermal material glued inbetween the sock layers . with an over shoe or custom water proofing leather layer for wet days . it doesn't cover the cleat hole too well so its best for dry days but its a cheap option . i spent maybe 30 usd . you can also use material from old gloves or down jackets .
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Shoe covers and sock would be much more economical. But if I were a ******, I certainly would buy more shoes.
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Personally I go with overshoes and thick socks. This means that you don't have to buy lots of shoes and if you're riding later in the day when the weather has warmed up (which I do a lot) then you can take the overshoes off and stuff them in a pocket or a pack.
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Toe covers and wool socks.
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I commute down to 10F. I firm-soled sneakers year use toe clips and firm-soled sneakers year round.

From 32F-23F I double my bike socks.

Below 23F I wear heavy wool socks over my usual biking socks.

The important thing is to loosen your shoes and toe-clip straps enough to allow for good blood circulation.

Even if you use "clipless" pedals and shoes, I would assume leaving the shoes looser is important in cold weather.

If your feet get too warm and sweat...that could be a problem in sub-freezing temps.
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Shoe covers.

I use the RaceThermo and RaceThermo-X. I have used them down to 17F for 4+ hours.

Available from Wiggle.


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My first line of defense is loose shoes and a heavy wool socks and an insulated foot bed. At some point I begin using warm shoe covers. I ride down to the freezing mark or a bit below.
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I did neoprene booties for years, but as I rode into colder temps, like 15 - 20 F. I decided to get Northwave winter shoes. Very satisfied customer. I got them a bit big to allow for thicker socks and more toe room. Better too big than too tight, especially in winter.
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I find neoprene shoe covers are okay down to about -5*C. Below that they are not enough. I used to put in the heat packs over my toes with the wool socks and over shoes. Recently bought a pair of Specialized Defroster shoes. They are much better. I can wear them down to about -10*C with just socks. Below that then perhaps a heat pack and/or over shoes are necessary.
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People vary a lot on ow much they suffer from cold feet. There is the blood circulation/personal insulation side and there is the tolerance to cold side. (Are you willing to ride with the "wooden feet" that were the norm for us teenagers after a long afternoon of ice hockey on the frozen pond, after which we would slip our feet into boots that had been sitting on a 20F stone?)

I used various cheap tricks when I cycled year 'round in Boston and Ann Arbor (I didn't drive) but I have gotten soft in recent years and bought the 45North Fasterkaat boots. The 25F claimed warmth seems right on fo rthis guy with feet a long ways from his heart and little insulation between. (They also make a 0-5F boot which I didn't try as I live in Portland, OR.)

Edit: the boots are no different from riding cycling shoes except heavier, limited to SPD-style 2-bolt cleats (the big change for me) and far warmer. FOr these feet- very comfortable. And I can leave them on and be inside as long as I like, even all day, without issue when I go back out and ride. They are slightly odd fashion-wise but walk just fine.


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My article about ... cold feet:

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Wool socks and overshoes do it for me into the 20s F or so.

Below that, there's usually ice, slush, and snow. I learned the hard way last year that it is not fun to get snow stuck in road cleats. At the moment I use boots and toe clips, but might invest in cold-weather MTB shoes (if I can ever find any to fit my tiny narrow feet...)
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