- freezing cold toes
Out last night, yes it was exceptionally cold, possibly -3deg or so but after a short while had freezing cold toes.
Thought I might have combatted this as I was wearing seal skinz merino liners, seal skinz socks, normal shimano spd shoes and then endure mt500 overshoes as a final layer.
But no, the toes still copped it(only part of me that did though).
So is the only answer gore tex winter shoes, do these actually work and make a difference compared to what i’m doing already?
TownyPosted 5 years agochrisg1664Member
Did your shoes feel very tight when you put them on? If so you might have constricted your feet a little too much and reduced the blood flow to your feet. It could be that wearing too many pairs of socks is being counter productive. I had this once when wearing 2 pairs of gloves that were tight. took one pair off and they warmed up straight away.Posted 5 years ago
Of note i also wear seal skinz with spds and enduro 500 over shoes and my toes have always been toasty even when wetjoao3v16Member
leave wiggle room
Very common mistake is to stick on extra socks, but then your blood can’t circualte properly as your feet are squeezed into the same sized shoes.
Your blood circulation is all that keeps your feet warm. Keeping dry & the windchill to a minimum helps retain heat.Posted 5 years agotod456SubscriberlovewookieMember
it does depend how much you suffer from cold toes. Some rides I’d get home and be in agony for 15 mins while my toes defrosted.
Now have a set of diadora winter boots and they are suitably lined and roomy for my toes to wiggle about in thick wooly winter socks. was out the other night in sub zero for a couple of hours and my toes were comfy.
My Sidi winter boots were not warm in the slightest by comparison.Posted 5 years agojamesoSubscriber
Ghetto winter boots – thin layer of split inner tube insulation under the sole to help prevent cleat-conduction cold, maybe a layer of that thin foam you get as a pizza base.
Cleats and the plates conduct a lot of heat out of normal spd shoes, it’s one thing I find winter boots suffer from less. Shimano winter boots still rated as one of my all-time best purchases, £ very well spent. Still need 2 layers of thin wool socks etc when it’s sub-zero but compared to normal shoes they’re great.Posted 5 years agokiloSubscriber
I got a set of the rose winter boots (http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/rose-winter-mtb-shoes-rws-02/aid:589868) and finally used them for the commute this week, very impressed, warm and comfy and hoping to try them off road this weekend. I have some of the northwave road boots and the rose ones feel warmerPosted 5 years agomaujaMember
I’ve got a pair of Northwave Celsius winter boots, get them a size bigger than normal so you can wear a thick sock and they’ll keep you warm in pretty much any conditions you’ll find in the UK.
I guess it depends how much you ride in the cold whether you think it’s worth it but they are a much better option than any overshoes I’ve tried.Posted 5 years agosnipswhispersMember
cold toes not really a problem for me…just regular socks and a pair of mid-height waterproof hiking boots adorn my ‘plates of meat’.
though, once you have changed into your kit, i find that it helps to sit for 1/2 hour or so and drink a hot beverage (maybe catch up on e-mails etc) before dashing out.Posted 5 years agomartinxyzMember
Shimano winter boots bought a size bigger with an extra pair of thin insoles below the shimano ones. I can wear any thickness of merino sock in there with no restriction and it’s the best combo I’ve had in 20 odd year.
I stood around for half an hour in snow a few years back (with it being -10c) and still managed to continue a ride after stopping to take pics. In the 90’s I rode with Axo missions a size too small with summer socks through the winter and I remember taking them off mid ride,and walking about next to icy puddles to get the circulation going! My toes were all marked with compression and black,red,blue..Posted 5 years ago
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