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Are winter road shoes worth it?

TakeTurnsTakeTurns Posts: 1,075
edited October 2012 in Road beginners
So today I had the first taster of below 5c temperatures and remembered the grueling weather of last winter.

I wear overshoes over my road shoes, they're not nylon, they're supposed to be 'winter' ones. Windproof and all that. But I still had cold feet.

So my question is, are winter road shoes more beneficial than the road shoe + overshoe combination :?:


  • andyrrandyrr Posts: 1,574
    Yup from me too - have always just used my normal shoes with overshoes and maybe trying to squeeze in a 2nd pair of thin socks but last winter I got a pair of boots (Diadora Chili) and I have not had any ride where my toes end up painfully cold as would have happened when the temp is under 0.
    These have Goretex-type material on the uppers so have some waterproofing too but the main advantage is the warmth. I bought tehm giving sufficient space to totally avoid any restrictions as being too tight is a big reason for coldness too and I love them, wish I'd had simialr years ago. Mine cost under £50 so were well worth it, I wear over shoes on the top also to both add that extra insulation/waterproofing and to keep too much crud off them.
  • danowatdanowat Posts: 2,877
    inseine wrote:
    100% yes.


    Overshoes and normal shoes are shite in comparison (IME of course)
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    5C! Tropical! I had to drive through 2" of snow to get home today!

    I find my Planet-X neoprene overshoes with my Shimano road shoes (with Highland weather inspired mesh top!) are OK down to 0C. I find the soles of my feet get cold and rest is OK. Below that I tend to mountain bike due to icy roads and I find the same overshoes with Shimano MTB shoes are a lot warmer. - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
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  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,890
    you mean boots, not shoes. Best get them one size too large, coupled with some decent (such as woolie boolies) socks to create 'warm air space', = ultimate warmth
  • Sounds like they are worth it.

    Which ones would you recommend?
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    I'd say no they're not worth it. Heavy and restrictive and don't add much in the way of warmth compared to regular shoes (perhaps a size bigger than normal) with good socks and good overshoes. Some folk like them, but I've had two pairs (Diadora Chilli Extreme and Northwave Celsius) and hated them both.
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  • PaulG99PaulG99 Posts: 55
    Northwave Celcius GTX are reduced to £108 at present on CRC.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,781
    I've got the Northwave Fahrenheits and they're great. Admitted I paid less than 100 euros. The problem with summer shoes is that they usually super ventilated and a snug fit so no room for winter socks so you ideally need another pair of shoes anyway, which means you might as well buy boots.
  • mattshropsmattshrops Posts: 1,158
    You say you've got winter overshoes -but are they neoprene? These are good down to 0 degrees for me and i wont ride any colder than that.
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  • PaulG99 wrote:
    Northwave Celcius GTX are reduced to £108 at present on CRC.

    What is CRC? :oops:
  • randorando Posts: 285
    PaulG99 wrote:
    Northwave Celcius GTX are reduced to £108 at present on CRC.

    What is CRC? :oops:
    Chain reaction cycles (shop/website)
  • PaulG99 wrote:
    Northwave Celcius GTX are reduced to £108 at present on CRC.

    What is CRC? :oops:

    Worked it out. Chain reaction cycles :oops: 8)
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