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Which winter shoes?

piggletpigglet Posts: 68
edited July 2012 in MTB buying advice
Given the fact that for the last few ride-outs my trotters have been both soaking wet and freezing I'm going to invest in some winter shoes/boots.
I'vwe never had any before but based on looks and spec I'm leaning toward Lakes

I've got broad feet so I'm rckoning that rules out Northwave and Gaerne, my prefered summer boot is a specialised buzzsaw which seems ideal for my wants.
Having seen a friends [email protected] they [email protected] look to be that durable, his leaked and they looked a bit of a faff to keep clean?
Any info or opinions?


  • Posts: 4,067
    Winter shoes in July!?...I really don't miss the UK one bit
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  • bails87bails87 Posts: 12,998
    Specialized Defrosters? Warm and waterproof.

    "As I said last time, it won't happen again."
  • Levi_501Levi_501 Posts: 1,105
    Supermarket plastic carrier bags between sock and shoe.
  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    Waterproof boots/shoes alone are useless. they'll just fill up with water.
    What I've settled on is a pair of goretex hiking boots (well, I had them anyway), with Endura Stealth extreme waterproof tights. The tights (leggings, they're LEGGINGS!!!) can be fitted over the top of the boot, so you can pretty much get into waist-deep water and remain dry.
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    I have this argument with the Mrs and the 4 year old in the winter they call them tights knowing full well I'll take the bait everytime...THEY'RE NOT TIGHTS, THEY'RE LEGGINGS!!
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  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    It's not an argument, it's fact. They're leggings! :lol:
  • piggletpigglet Posts: 68
    Good old british weather eh?

    I was looking at the lakes as the are very similar to a walking boot but bike specific and look as though with "leggings" they should be more waterproof than a normal walking boot? ... cPath=576#
    I've ridden with walking boots in the past but find them a bit "numb" in terms of feel for use on flatties.
    Hell I suppose I could always use the alpine star Tech 8's :mrgreen:
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    While riding XC last winter, I'd been using my shimano SPD shoes, they're really thin, and I'd always get numb feet, no matter how many pairs of socks I wear. One ride, I ended up using my five ten freeriders (i usually just use these for downhill as they're not SPD shoes) because my SPD shoes were still wet from a previous ride. My feet got wet almost as fast, but they still stayed warm because the shoes are much thicker, and I had about 3 pairs of socks on. Reckon I'm gonna buy some five ten SPDs (minnaars or similar) for this coming winter. It's all about staying warm/windproof rather than waterproof.
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  • tarbot18tarbot18 Posts: 531
    all shoes leak just get some decent overshoes such as these ..... ... 670wt_1185
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  • YeehaaMcgeeYeehaaMcgee Posts: 5,740
    tarbot18 wrote:
    all shoes leak
    My Salomons beg to differ.

    Another thing worth considering is, just get a fast drying, not-even-remotely-waterproof shoe, and some Sealskins waterproof socks.
    Again, used with waterproof leggings, sealskins, and light, quick drying shoes are amazing.
  • bails87bails87 Posts: 12,998
    Sealskins are a good call. In proper bogging weather your feet will get wet, the big hole at the top of the shoes makes sure of that.

    But waterproof/windproofness stops your feet getting so cold. In terms of day after day 'rideability', a pair of lightweight shoes that you've already got, plus 5 pairs of Sealskins is probably better than spending £100 on a pair of winter boots.

    "As I said last time, it won't happen again."
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