Just to keep the winter boot content up today, wondering if anyone has got these boots? They're going cheap on CRC (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=44661) so in my continuing quest to find some decent winter boots for less than a gazillion pounds I thought I'd try them. I got them yesterday and I'm wondering whether to send them back.
My original shimmy W101's had the infamous neoprene ankle, which just let water straight through, then I found some diadora artic's which were gore-tex and really well designed, with a high stitched-in waterproof tongue gaiter. The problem with the diadoras was the incredibly flexy sole which lead to the soles dropping off after 4 months (good for being able to move your feet though).
The gaernes look good construction-wise, nice fleecy lining, the sole is V stiff, however the tongue is just some foamy fabric, and def not waterproof. Any real-world experience out there?
Water 'running down my leg' into the boot is not an issue thanks - before that old chestnut comes up again ...