Best Winter Shoes??

What bike and bike bits should you buy?
AC20030_1
Posts: 90
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2011 16:50 pm

Best Winter Shoes??

Postby AC20030_1 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:33 am

After a weekend of frozen feet despite foot warmers, oversocks, overshoes and toe covers ive decided my sidis just dont cut it. Do any of you use winter shoes and if so which ones and how good are they? Thanks.

User avatar
nevman
Posts: 1653
Joined: Wed Mar 31, 2010 14:39 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby nevman » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:51 am

Northwave Fahrenheit-end of.
Whats the solution? Just pedal faster you baby.

Summer B,man Team Carbon LE#222
Winter Alan Top Cross
All rounder Spec. Allez.

User avatar
pastey_boy
Posts: 2474
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2008 21:46 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby pastey_boy » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:16 pm

nevman wrote:Northwave Fahrenheit-end of.

As above , simply awesome and they last forever. I have had the mtb version for over 6 years and they still look great and work. Worth the extra outlay as they last so long. My other half is getting me the road version for Xmas.
Viner Salviati
Time Speeder S
Giant Propel Advanced
Px Ti Custom
Cougar 531
Sab single speed
Argon 18 E-112 TT
One-one Ti 456 Evo
Ridley Cheetah TT
Orange Clockwork 2007 ltd ed
Yeti ASR 5
Dolan Preffisio

User avatar
Herbsman
Posts: 1940
Joined: Mon May 03, 2010 18:31 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby Herbsman » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:17 pm

nevman wrote:Northwave Fahrenheit-end of.

One of my club mates uses these and swears by them. Would probably buy some myself if I had some spare cash
CAPTAIN BUCKFAST'S CYCLING TIPS - GUARANTEED TO WORK! 1 OUT OF 10 RACING CYCLISTS AGREE!

bobones
Posts: 601
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2010 14:11 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby bobones » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:42 pm

I've got the Fahrenheits, and while they're great, they're not the be all and end all and I'll still get cold toes if I use them on their own. Here's what worked for me this weekend on 127 miles of riding in the mid 30s.
Socks - De Feet Wooly Boolies - 1 pair
Chemical Toe warmers - Decathlon 5 pairs for £2.99 - one pair stuck below toes and 1 pair above toes. 1 pair below toes usually suffices.
Boots - NW Fahrenheit - great boots, but for me not warm enough on their own when it's really cold
Overshoes - Gore Power Race Thermo - these are thick quilted goretex material and by far the best overshoes I have owned.

If it's not bitterly cold, I ride with just the Fahrenheits and 1 pair of socks. I have tried Sealskin socks in addition to the wooly boolies, but I don't think having the extra pair helps. What really makes the difference for me are the chemical toe warmers from Decathlon. They don't actually make my toes feel warm, but they stop the stinging, numb sensations from occurring.

User avatar
amaferanga
Posts: 6595
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 16:44 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby amaferanga » Mon Dec 03, 2012 13:07 pm

Good socks (e.g. Woolie Boolies or Prendas winter ones), shoes that are big enough to fit your feet with thick socks on without being too tight and thick neoprene overshoes work better for me than the winter boots I've owned (Northwave Celsius and Diadora Chilli Extreme). Once I realised that you still need to wear overshoes with the winter boots they seemed completely pointless.

You might like them, but it's an expensive experiment if you don't and just don't expect too much from them.
More problems but still living....

cougie
Posts: 19016
Joined: Wed Apr 21, 2004 22:34 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby cougie » Mon Dec 03, 2012 13:18 pm

I just swap my road shoes for my MTB shoes. They're a sturdier shoe - no mesh or vents and I wear overshoes with them.
Works for me.

User avatar
pb21
Posts: 2067
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2004 12:51 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby pb21 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 13:54 pm

I used to get cold feet until I bought a new pair of bog standard shoes 1 size too big to keep the shoes a bit loose. I just use normal socks and neoprene overshoes and don’t get cold feet anymore at all, unlike my hands.

spasypaddy
Posts: 5129
Joined: Thu May 10, 2007 23:21 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby spasypaddy » Mon Dec 03, 2012 14:03 pm

i have both the road and mtb version of the northwave winter boots. brilliant pieces of footwear.

however its just as important to get good thick winter socks. Woolie boolies are my recommendation.

ive never used overshoes with them.

xscreamsuk
Posts: 312
Joined: Sun Jan 22, 2012 18:00 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby xscreamsuk » Mon Dec 03, 2012 14:21 pm

had the sidi gtx boots for few weeks now, dry and toasty, no need for overshoes, been out in very very wet and very cold. Just normal merino socks for me. One of my better purchases.

nferrar
Posts: 2491
Joined: Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:13 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby nferrar » Mon Dec 03, 2012 15:15 pm

I'd say don't bother with Mavic Frosts, although a big part of the reason I bought them was they weren't overly insulated so I could use them on mild but wet rides they're just not particularly well designed. For my feet the fit is just pants and the cuff is quite restrictive. I use Northwave Ceslsius Arctics on the MTB and they're great, so considering either using them on the road when it gets really cold or getting the Farenheit road equivalent (depending on cash flow and how often I'll get them wet as they do take a while to dry as all winter boots do).

AC20030_1
Posts: 90
Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2011 16:50 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby AC20030_1 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:39 am

Thanks, good info there. I do wear woolie boolies but as they are thick it means that my shoes are a tight fit which as per replies above will not be helping either. So i need a new pair of shoes to wear winter socks with and i think i might as well go for winter specific boots (larger size) to do it once and do it right.

User avatar
Coach H
Posts: 1148
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:55 am

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby Coach H » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:49 am

AC20030_1 wrote:Thanks, good info there. I do wear woolie boolies but as they are thick it means that my shoes are a tight fit which as per replies above will not be helping either. So i need a new pair of shoes to wear winter socks with and i think i might as well go for winter specific boots (larger size) to do it once and do it right.


If Woolie Boolies are to thick, try Prendas Thermolite - http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?ty ... =18&ID=773
They are thin like mid weight summer socks and I find them warmer than Wollie Boolies
The are not as 'cosy' feeling and they do not wick as well IME but overall I find them better.

In winter I wear Prendas Thermolite/Wollie Boolies with Sidi Dominators (full Lorica/no venting) and Endura Road Neoprene overshoes (I know plenty on here find the quality rubbish but with a bit of strategically placed Duck Tape mine are into their 6th winter quite happily). I had some Diadora winter boots a few years ago but found they took ages to dry out and still required overshoes on the coldest days.
Coach H. (Dont ask me for training advice - 'It's not about the bike')

User avatar
Ouija
Posts: 1396
Joined: Sun Nov 27, 2011 20:41 pm

Re: Best Winter Shoes??

Postby Ouija » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:57 am

Hmm, winter shoes

Get a pair of these....

Image

or

Image

..... mmm. And thicker socks.

Seriously though. Another trick you can use to keep feet warmer is to make some wrap over insoles out of folded baking foil. Cover the foil in sticky tape (or it'll disintegrate) and simply wrap around the bottom of your foot and toes. Reflects the heat back in and the cold back out. Some people use silvery coloured duck tape as well, though it does look silly if your wrap it around the OUTSIDE of your shoes as i've seen some people doing.


Return to “Road Buying Advice”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: G.man, guy.spartacus, Russboy and 10 guests