Recommend me some ….. winter bike boots. Northwave or Spesh?
I HATE cold toes. And seem to get them easily. I used to ride SPD but have been on flatties for years – now back to SPD but need some winter shoes having tried the summer shoes/sealskins route today.
Looking at Northwave Extreme Winter or Celsius Arctic – possible Spesh Defrosters. Don’t like the look of the 45North stuff – price and zip etc.
Anyone have any experience of the NW or Specialized? What about sizing – normal (room for socks) or go bigger?Posted 4 years agotheonlywayisupMember
I’ve just bought some Louis Garneau 0degree ls100 shoes
I’ve not used them much so can’t comment in too much detail. They are very warm though, and I find the fit is good (I have a slim foot and take a 42 in a Mavic, and 41.5 when I could get it in a Shimano). Price is good too.
It was the first time I’d looked at Louis Garneau shoes and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. They feel almost as comfortable as my Mavic Rush xc shoes.Posted 4 years agojag61Member
been using NW canyon GTX boots for a few years got 45 instead of 44 very comfy quite a low heel makes them feel a bit loose added an extra closed cell foam insole toasty warm lots of padding make them slow to dry will get some overboots soon. Not sure if they make them any more but quality is good and warm and comfy.Posted 4 years ago
2014 defrosters are a bit different. I have posted in last week if you want to look back. Firstly, sizing, no longer need to go a size up as they are bigger than spesh shoes of same size. I had mine on for first time today and quite impressed. Temp was just above freezing, lots of icy puddles and cold mud. Had a pair of woolie boolies on and feet warm and dry for the 4 hrs I was out. I don’t think they are as good as the northwave ones but if you need BG they are spot onPosted 4 years ago
Thanks all – yes read your notes on the defrosters iainc – have mailed evans to check the ones they have in stock are the new ones and hopefully give them a try in their Edinburgh store. However everyone seems to agree they’re dry but cold which doesn’t really solve my problem – I was dry and cold with summer shoes and sealskins today!
Northwaves sounds like they’re worth a check too – hard to get a pair to try though. Maybe order some from CRC and take advantage of their free return if I don’t like what I see.
Didn’t think of Lake – will have a gander at those.
Ta.Posted 4 years agoKevinPPMember
Strangely I find the opposite to most on here with my Defrosters (2013, not the new ones that look the same but have apparently better insulation). They seem to be warm enough but let the water in easily from the top, so you then get wet feet, which tend to then get cold. My old Shimano boots with the neoprene ankle cuff were much better at keeping water out. Also had to return one boot as the Boa stopped working after a couple of rides.Posted 4 years ago
MSP – I’ll second that. I have had a pair of 2011 ones which only gave up last week when I stripped a thread on cleat plate. I had actually bought some 2013 ones a few months ago on back of a PSA on here and I returned them straight away, as far too narrow and tight.
The 2014 ones carrived last week and I really like them – good fit – me size as my spesh shoes, but space for thick socks, good high ankle cuff. They kept me dry and toasty yesterday in temps around freezing with lots of mud and deep puddles.Posted 4 years ago
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