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#1 Fahtrim

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:18 AM

Which are the good ones to keep feet warm in freezing conditions? Are they effective? Worth buying over buying dedicated winter biking boots?

#2 winterbiker

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

IMO they're OK if you're only going to ride occasionally in cold weather, but if you're going to do a decent amount of cold weather riding over several winters, winter shoes are a better investment. For me, with all the toe covers and shoe covers I've bought and torn up, I could have bought winter shoes for less and been more comfortable, and not had to mess with covers.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

Ditto what Ross said.
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#4 Craig

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

+3 on the dedicated winter shoe/boot. I've got some Pearl Izumi AmFib covers that just sit since I replaced my winter shoes. They helped ME until the temps got to the low 30's, but it's easier to just throw on the proper footwear.

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#5 yurmom

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:14 PM

After years of using toe-booties, I've decided to invest in some winter shoes (maybe in the Spring when they go on sale). I find that toes are the hardest body part for me to keep warm. With wool socks and toe booties I can ride down into the mid 30's. To ride into the 20's I add chemical toe warmer. My complaints with the booties are that they are difficult to get on/off your shoes. Also, they are fragile enough that walking on pavement (or rock) for any length of time will rip holes in them. One pair of toe booties ($15-$20) will last me 2-3 winters because I only ride 1-2 times a month in the winter. Cameron
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#6 TenBeers

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

I have some Pearl Izumi shoe covers that work pretty well and seem to be pretty tough. Winter shoes are pretty pricey.

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