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  1. #1
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    Winter Shoe Reviews

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    OK, at my DH's insistence, I kept both the SIDI winter mountain shoe/boots and the Lakes winter shoe/boots that SheFly recommended.

    Let me start out by saying that if you ride regularly during the winter, it's worth the money to buy winter shoes/boots. Last year, keeping my feet comfortable in temps below 40 was a challenge.

    The SIDIs have been working great when temps are 30 degrees or so and above. They fit great, but you'd expect that with SIDIs. While they are more substantial than my Sidi Doms (thicker sole, insulated inside), they are not too clunky. Not half as pretty as those ruby slippers, but during the winter, I'll take comfort over looks any time. The boot closes snugly to keep out the chill, and since they are made with gore-tex, they offer decent protection from the wind. They breathe fairly well, too. In addition, I went a half size up from my regular size, and I have plenty of room for two pairs of socks (either both wool or one wool & one gore tex). I can also squeeze in a chemical toe warmer with two sock layers and still wiggle my toes. Easy to clip in and out--SPD compatible. Also, I can fit my Amfib shoe covers over them, if it's particularly brutal. I'm going to test out them out with the shoe covers sometime when it's below 30. They were expensive boots, but I'm a Sidi snob. I figure I'll get several winters out of them, too.

    The Lakes are warm, as SheFly promised. The one down side is that they are clunky, but once you get used to them, it's not an issue. Walking around in them is kind of a challenge, though (I feel like Herman Munster). The cleats (SPD) were easy to install, and clipping in & out is no problem. Like the Sidis, I went a half size up and had plenty of room for layering, chemical toe warmers, etc. They aren't as comfortable as the Sidis, but they cost about half of what I paid for the Sidis (unfortunately, Performance raised the price of these shoes by about $50 since I purchased them). The sole is much thicker than the SIDIs and they are cosy inside (feels like a fleece type lining). I wore them today when the temps were in the low 20s--just had on smartwool sockliners and my woolie boolie socks--and my feet stayed toasty for about 90 minutes. I probably should have put a chemical toe warmer in each boot since I rode for 2.5 hrs, but this was the first time I wore them so I wasn't sure exactly how warm they'd keep my feet. They don't breathe, but that wasn't a problem (might be if you wore them in warmer temps, I suppose). I'm going to use these ones for my really cold rides. Hopefully, there won't be too many of those this winter season :-)
    Last edited by Velobambina; 12-09-2006 at 06:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobambina View Post
    OK, at my DH's insistence, I kept both the SIDI winter mountain shoe/boots and the Lakes winter shoe/boots that SheFly recommended.
    Thanks for the reviews. Can you tell us exactly which models these are? Inquiring minds want to know! (my toes want to know!)
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    The models are Sidi Diablo GTX Winter Shoe and the Lake MXZ 301.

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    I also got the Lakes after my experience of near frostbite on a cold and windy ride a couple of weeks ago. I wore them on Saturday for a 3-hour ride, with a stop, and my feet stayed pretty warm with wool socks and light sock liners. If it had been much colder, I probably would have used chemical toe warmers too. I did go up from my normal size.

    I got mine from LickBike. This year's model is $194 but they did have some of last year's as well, for less. They are a bit clunky but I didn't have any problem with my clips (not clipless yet).

    Winter shoes are definitely worth it if you have have problems with cold feet.
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  5. #5
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    I got a pair of Answer Kashmir shoes for giftmas- I love them! I had been suffering along with summer shoes and thick socks and waterproof socks and booties, but they are such a pain and don't keep you warm below 40 or so. I had also tried on the Lakes (didn't fit, hated the lacing system too), the Sidi (fit, but not terribly warm and OUCH! expensive!) and couldn't justify getting either. I'm really, really happy with the Kashmir.

 

 

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