- Winter SPD boots – recommendations? / what do you use?
- Roter SternMember
I have been using the older Shimano winter boots for the past three years and have found them to be darn good. They are water proof and only once has the water gone inside the shoe over the neoprene ankle guards (during a very wet ride a Llandegla last year). They are not super warm though when it gets proper cold (I have to ride in -20 degs sometimes) but I find using thick winter socks and overshoes keep my feet toasty in those conditions. If the temperature is below 10 degs then you can keep using them over that you’ll have very hot and sweaty feet.Posted 8 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
I wore Defrosters all winter and really like them. They’re lightweight and not at all clumpy, unlike other stuff I’ve tried and using thick socks – maybe buy half a size large – makes them warm enough for me anyway. Not 100 per-cent waterproof, but in the real world, none of them actually are. Water generally runs or wicks down your leg eventualy whatever you do.
The lack of thick insuation means you can wear them in spring / autumn without cooking your feet as well.Posted 8 years ago
Can’t find any info on those SH-D100s…
Interesting to here from two Defroster users. Could be just what I’m after, i.e. waterproof enough but not stuffed with insulation. Would you recommend going a size up from your regular shoe size for them? Bearing in mind I wouldn’t be using them with thick socks all of the time, but will probably double-up with waterproof socks for very wet rides. I think I’m a 46 in regular/summer Specialized shoes.Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
SH-D100s are apparently no longer available, these are probably the equiv:Posted 8 years ago
I have the spesh defrosters. They’re pretty good, but I’d agree not all that warm. I find them ok down to about freezing temperature, but my feet definitely get cold in lower temps – more pairs of thin wool socks help.
As for sizing, mine are definitely larger than my spesh summer shoes of the same size, so they must be built bigger to allow for thick socks. Suggest trying a pair on if you can find them locally.
NickPosted 8 years ago
Perfect timing for summer :roll:, but I’ve broken part of the cleat off one of my winter boots and the bolts are rounded off, meaning I can’t change them. Can’t be bothered drilling them out as the boots are pretty gubbed anyway. I’ve had them through 6 winters so it’s a good excuse for a new pair…
So, what’s recommended? I’ve been using the old-old-style Shimano winter boots – I found them pretty decent, but a bit bulky, crap sole and too warm/sweaty a lot of the time.
Something waterproof, but not necessarily too warm, would be ideal. I can always wear extra socks in deepest, coldest winter. I do MTB right through winter, so definately have a need for something more sturdy than my summer shoes. So any ideas? Ones I like the look of are:
(reviews say they’re OK but not warm enough for proper winter use, which might suit my needs, plus I also find Specialized shoes incredibly comfortable – I’ve got Specialized summer shoes)
(but I’m concerned they might be too warm for my purposes?)
Any thoughts on an autumn/winter/spring boot/shoe or alternative suggestions welcomed 8)Posted 8 years ago
SH-D100s are apparently no longer available, these are probably the equiv:
Ahh, that’s the ones I’ve been using for 5/6 winters – I think they were Shimano’s first winter boot offering.
Cheers for the info on Defroster sizing. Just weighing up between them and the latest Shimano ones from my original post.Posted 8 years agoGreenKSubscriber
I have Defrosters too. I agree with most of the comments above. They are waterproof up to a point but like lots of boots suffer from water getting in at the top of the ankle when it’s very wet. The design is good at dealing with general splash. They aren’t a very warm boot especially when it’s really cold but two pairs of thinnish socks works for me. As they aren’t a very warm boot they are excellent for wet spring/autumn days too. Had mine two winters and they are still going strong.
Can’t comment on any other brands as these were my first winter/wet specific boots.Posted 8 years ago
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