/ Overshoes - worth it?
Do overshoes work in keeping feet warm and dry, and if so which ones?
Ride with spds, today was mixture of snow, rain and lots of surface water so feet wer wet and cold.
'Worth it?' - Fekin' essential if it gets cold. Means the difference between me riding and not.
I use gore windstopper overshoes on the roadie if its cold, but not freezing.
I switch to some Endura neoprene overshoes once really cold - They make your feet overheat otherwise!
I use Endura neoprene on the MTB too - They are different. The MTB ones have ridged grips to allow you to walk in them. The road ones are lighter.
Lots of different manufacturers do the same sort of stuff.
I have windstopper toe covers (i.e just half the foot). Certainly make a difference, but at 2 degrees this morning I had slightly chilly toes after an hour, but with only a thin pair of socks. They keep the wet out well enough and let you adjust the shoe still when they're on (I am inept at getting it right first time)
and these for extra warmth
Definitely, they've changed my life!
Essential. I have planet x ones but here not as warm as the ones I had before. Would not buy again, even for a tenner :-(
I wrote quite a lot about keeping my toes warm when riding on my blog last autumn: http://lightfromthenorth.blogspot.fi/2012/10/trail-riding-and-avoiding-cold-toes.html
essential kit for winter and probably the rest of this year due to rain fall.try the endura neoprene ones they are really good.
Yep; Endura neoprene. Toasty feet whatever the weather.
I dont think they are worth it in the long wrong. Have had a few pairs and they tend to get rips or wear out. After the 3rd pair I bought some shimano mtb winter boots which I use on road bike and MTB. Much warmer and drier.
Higher initial investment but I have had them for >3 years. Pretty sure I would have trashed plenty of overshoes in 3 yrs and they are much warmer than summer shoes + overshoes
Overshoes are fine for spring/autumn/random crap days but I much prefer my goretex winter boots.
Agreed. Get one size larger though.
I bought the endura road neoprene overshoes and had a couple of issues with them. The Velcro type tab wouldn't stay done up because the rubber tab was so thick and ridged and the zips have come apart numerous times.
If I was buying again I'd go cheap and cheerful.
Definitely worth it.
I've got NorthWave and Polaris ones for the road bike - think I've got some Endura ones for mountain biking which I've never used, as I got proper winter biking shoes soon after and they don't fit my current road shoes.
Instead of overshoes what about sealk skin socks - already have these from walking/climbing
If I stuck a thin pair of thermal socks on then the sealkskins then feet should be warm and dry?
Any water ingress from stuff coming down the leg will just be the same if I was wearing over shoes anyway ?
> Instead of overshoes what about sealk skin socks - already have these from walking/climbing
> If I stuck a thin pair of thermal socks on then the sealkskins then feet should be warm and dry?
> Any water ingress from stuff coming down the leg will just be the same if I was wearing over shoes anyway ?
My usual winter footwear,
1. Endura ThermoLite socks
2. Sealskinz socks
3. Shoes (obviously)
4. Endura Neoprenes
Ditch the spd's, get flats and wear winter boots = toasty feet :-)
I get mine from Aldi -- when they have the sale of winter biking gear. Cheap as chips -- I get 2 pairs and they last me all winter. It's not worth spending lots on them and you invariably wear out the underside of the toes whenver you put your foot down at traffic lights etc. Keep my feet dry and toasty enough.
> Ditch the spd's, get flats and wear winter boots = toasty feet :-)
Yes, or walking socks inside waterproof socks inside baggy shoes/trainers.
The nicest helping of toast comes from wearing fleece waterproof mountaineering mits I think, it's worth cycling in the cold just to enjoy the niceness of warm hands while out in snow and ice.
It's like a warm bath for you hands. Lovely. (:-))
Just had hot aches in my toes, overshoes are definately worth it.
Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow.
and another yes to overshoes... but you are also using Spuds? spuds are a burgler for cold feet because the cleat is metal, connected by metal bolts to a metal plate inside your shoe... you sock / foot is then only a a thin foot bed away from a metal heat sink that sucks the heat out of your shoe. if possible put a better insole in to insulate the bottom of your foot too!
Might need some warmer ones - my feet were getting quite cold today in my normal overshoes though it was -2C :-(
> and another yes to overshoes... but you are also using Spuds? spuds are a burgler for cold feet because the cleat is metal, connected by metal bolts to a metal plate inside your shoe... you sock / foot is then only a a thin foot bed away from a metal heat sink that sucks the heat out of your shoe.
A very good point. Also, SPDs don't fill the entire cleat hole in the sole so you can get water ingress anyway. Once mine are in the correct place I always fill any gaps with silicone sealant.
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