Warm winter road boots help

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DeVlaeminck
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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby DeVlaeminck » Sat Sep 14, 2019 07:54 am

Seems a mix of experiences here - mine is that winter boots were nice but that there were still times when overshoes were needed over the top - similarly I could get by with normal road shoes but multiple pairs of overshoes and socks.
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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby siddy1972 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:11 am

I struggled with cold feet for years, tried absolutely everything I could think of and eventually happened across Specialized Defroster boots. Yes, they’re ugly as hell, but they work better than anything else I ever tried / used.
Combined with Sealskinz lobster claw gloves, it’s transformed winter riding for me.

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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby Def Defyr » Sun Sep 15, 2019 17:10 pm

Everyone's feet are different but what works for me, down to about 5 deg. C even in wet weather (and I won't purposely go out in weather much colder than that, nor if it's raining to start), is thick merino socks (I love GripGrab's, use them for hiking too), normal road shoes with the Boa relatively loose (need to have good circulation) and a pair of close fitting Pearl Izumi neoprene overshoes. It doesn' necessarily keep me dry if it starts to rain, but the idea is to retain whatever heat you generate, like a neoprene wetsuit for surfing. i also have a pair of goretex shoe covers, which are waterproof, but water eventually seeps in around the ankle seal (I like the tights under the seal but have tried both).

If I were a more hardcore wet weather/winter rider, I'd probably switch to winter shoes with neoprene cuffs and wool socks, then try either Gore-Tex shoe covers or neoprene ones.

It's really key to keep circulation going, unclipping every 30 mintues or so or just stopping and walking around helps. Once my toes get cold it's game over...

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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby Keith57 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:16 am

I find my Northwave Flash Arctic GTX winter boots (the yellow ones) keep my feet nice and warm all winter here in Snowdonia. I think the newest version is a bit warmer and in black only?

Mine are a snug fit and only need a single winter sock inside. To keep the water out if it's raining my first line of defence is not to ride in the rain, I'm retired so don't have to ride in the rain anymore :lol:

Otherwise, I use a pair of Assos over trousers over the top of the boots, these keep the rain out completely and are a really nice extra layer against the cold, especially when descending :D
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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby johnmiosh » Wed Sep 18, 2019 17:43 pm

I use shimano RW 80s, which are a road boot, gore tex and fully sealed. They are brilliant and have lasted 8 years. Bibs have to go over the top; I had to cut foot loops off a couple of pairs. I wear them with brasher merino walking socks, which are slightly thicker than wooly bullies. Coupled with Gore gloves they have transformed my winter comfort. Iwould never go back to overshoes.

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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby Pilot Pete » Wed Sep 18, 2019 18:49 pm

johnmiosh wrote:I use shimano RW 80s, which are a road boot, gore tex and fully sealed. They are brilliant and have lasted 8 years. Bibs have to go over the top; I had to cut foot loops off a couple of pairs. I wear them with brasher merino walking socks, which are slightly thicker than wooly bullies. Coupled with Gore gloves they have transformed my winter comfort. Iwould never go back to overshoes.


How do you stop the bib tight legs riding up over the top of the boot? I’m with you on the Brasher socks - I always wear hill walking socks in winter, they have a thick woolly base which really helps to keep the feet warm. I use the Dissent glove system (slightly modified by me) to keep the hands warm. I start with a Meraklon liner glove (only cost a fiver), then put the Defeet gloves over them if required (when it gets really cold) and then either the thin windproof Dissent glove, or waterproof Dissent glove over them. Only issue is that the Defeet glove cuffs are long and come out of the cuff of the outer gloves, so if it’s raining you need a jacket that is long enough for the sleeves to go over the outer gloves.

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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby johnmiosh » Thu Sep 19, 2019 22:39 pm

Pilot Pete wrote:
How do you stop the bib tight legs riding up over the top of the boot?

I use the Dissent glove system (slightly modified by me) to keep the hands warm. I start with a Meraklon liner glove (only cost a fiver), PP


The extra thickness of the boot keeps the bibs in place, as long as they are long enough.

I use silk glove liners, also about a fiver.

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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby Tiesetrotter » Mon Sep 30, 2019 20:57 pm

I have the NW Gortex shoes. In cold weather, they are brilliant as you don't sweat in them and you can moderate the heat with socks with merino being high on the list.

In the wet they are useless. They fill up with water and your feet get freezing. I am sure really good gators would resolve this. Otherwise, it's a good pair neoprene overshoes with sole airvents taped up and lots of hills to keep warm.

Vanilla bikes just sent me an advert which might be of help for Spatz, not cheap but look very good:
https://www.vanillabikes.com/collections/overshoes

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Re: Warm winter road boots help

Postby Pilot Pete » Mon Sep 30, 2019 21:21 pm

Tiesetrotter wrote:Vanilla bikes just sent me an advert which might be of help for Spatz, not cheap but look very good


They are. :wink:

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