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08-01-2019, 16:26   #1
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Overshoes or Goretex boots for winter cycling..

Just wrecked another pair of Endura overshoes and got very little mileage out of them at all...zips busting and tearing them with scuff marks on the neoprene etc etc...

Might just bite the bullet with a pair of Shimano goretex boots...
Anyone got any first hand experience..or a better suggestion would be appreciated.
Poxy looking but sick of buying the overshoes if they dont work out I can use them on the mtb I suppose...

https://www.cyclestore.ie/shimano_mw...yABEgJ0jvD_BwE
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Just wrecked another pair of Endura overshoes and got very little mileage out of them at all...zips busting and tearing them with scuff marks on the neoprene etc etc...

Might just bite the bullet with a pair of Shimano goretex boots...
Anyone got any first hand experience..or a better suggestion would be appreciated.
Poxy looking but sick of buying the overshoes if they dont work out I can use them on the mtb I suppose...

https://www.cyclestore.ie/shimano_mw...yABEgJ0jvD_BwE
No experience of those type of boots, apart from holding a few pairs in my hands. My impression is overshoes and good socks are far better. Goretex isnt something that really keeps you warm in my view.
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08-01-2019, 16:47   #3
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I've boots and tbh if my legs weren't sooo skinny (which therefore make the boots look like moon boots on me) I'd wear them a lot more in the winter. They're fur lined too so pretty good for warmth.


If you happen to be a 9 and want to try them out you're welcome to. I've listed them here a couple of times with no bites so they're just sitting there looking a bit sad at the moment.
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I have both the Shimano boots and NorthWest boots. Wouldn't go back to shoes and overshoes now - boots are much better.

Shimano ones are warmer than the NorthWest ones but the NorthWest ones are more waterproof.

Both are warmer and more waterproof than shoes and overshoes.
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Mrs bought shimano boots recently for commuting and loves them. She can hose em down after a spin at the same time as the bike and stay bone dry.

Doesn't matter what overshoes you wear, they'll only fight the good water fight for so long before the inevitable seepage

Think these be them:

https://www.cyclesuperstore.ie/shop/...product=107195
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I'm using Northwave Celsius Winter boots for the last 4 years and they are great. This year I bought a set of Spatz over shoes in Cyclesuperstore, they cost me €95 but worth every penny. I use them over the winter boots. The boots on there own are fine, but will let in water after a short period of time, and on long winter rides of 3hrs + your toes do start to suffer from the cold. With the Spatz this hasn't happened so far this year. I know the weather is mild for this time of year, but I have had a few wet & windy rides so I can speak from experience. I put the spatz on over my socks, they actually go right up to my knee completely covering my socks. Then I put my winter bib tights on over them. And finally I put on my boots. The Spatz are very easy to put on and take off. By wearing them inside my bib tights my socks doesn't come in contact with my wet bib tights so no rain water gets transfered/soaked into my boots via my socks. My boots are always dry no mater what the weather. There is always a little dampness from the build up of sweat but nothing like getting wet from the rain or road spray from the front wheel. So if I was you and if you can aford it buy both the winter boot and spatz overshoe..........you wont regret it!

https://www.spatzwear.com/

I bought the SPATZ 'Pro' Overshoes.
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Just wrecked another pair of Endura overshoes and got very little mileage out of them at all...zips busting and tearing them with scuff marks on the neoprene etc etc...

Might just bite the bullet with a pair of Shimano goretex boots...
Anyone got any first hand experience..or a better suggestion would be appreciated.
Poxy looking but sick of buying the overshoes if they dont work out I can use them on the mtb I suppose...

https://www.cyclestore.ie/shimano_mw...yABEgJ0jvD_BwE
I wear an older version of these : https://www.cyclestore.ie/shimano_xm...shoes-ID_67920

I've found them to be by far the most effective for winter cycling combined with walking about. They're good enough as walking boots that I would happily use them to climb mountains (Proper leather goretex boots with Vibram soles... they genuinely are specced well enough for the job). They look normal enough that I can wear them as everyday footwear (I'm not exactly fashion concious).

As cycling shoes, well they work fine as SPDs. Probably not quite as precise as a "proper" race pair, but more than good enough for commuting and non-race cycling. I've used them in big multiday adventure races though.

Over the years I've found that these are massively superior to overshoes in terms of waterproofness and resilieance in the long term. I've been using the same pair for a long time, maybe 5 years plus, and they're still functioning perfectly. I have used them on snowy MTB spins, and they were way way warmer than any other shoe/overshoe combination I tried. I've never had cold toes/feet in these commuting.

Will replace like for like whenever the time comes. The last pair were replaced when I wore out the cleats (eggbeaters), and the bolts had siezed in. The shoes themselves were still good. Must have got about 7 years out of them.
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Fizic Artic R5 winter shoes and Spatz “Road man” knew high overshoes.

Quite impressed so far, although it’s been pretty mild so far this winter.
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Just wrecked another pair of Endura overshoes and got very little mileage out of them at all...zips busting and tearing them with scuff marks on the neoprene etc etc...

Might just bite the bullet with a pair of Shimano goretex boots...
Anyone got any first hand experience..or a better suggestion would be appreciated.
Poxy looking but sick of buying the overshoes if they dont work out I can use them on the mtb I suppose...

https://www.cyclestore.ie/shimano_mw...yABEgJ0jvD_BwE
If you need to keep feet dry or warm using overshoes to adapt a summer shoe (designed to lose heat) always seemed a bit daft to me.

If your bike will take it a front mudguard with a flap (home made or otherwise) is the lowest hanging fruit by a mile.

I've a pair of Northwave winter boots, Celsius or farenheit, I can't remember and they are excellent. The only weakness is water ingress at top in biblical rain. I made up some cuff when I knew very heavy rain was due.

Haven't worn them in 2 years; way less long stuff and I don't really feel the cold

For a commuter I'd seriously consider flats with studs and fiveten type shoes/boots
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Thanks for the replies...
Will check CSS tomorrow for the Shinanos and Spatz (can only imagine i’ll be ripping them too)with a trip to Base2Race after seen Northwave ones there last week..
Have full lenght mud guards on so have that covered...
Mr Spuckler thanks for the offer but 9 would be too small for me..

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If you need to keep feet dry or warm using overshoes to adapt a summer shoe (designed to lose heat) always seemed a bit daft to me......
Yes, before I had boots, I used to cover the vents on the sole with heavy duty duct tape.

Another ad hoc option is to cut several layers of tin foil to the shape of the insoles and place under them during a ride. Usually will only last for one ride but it does make a difference.


....and of course, use wool socks instead of cotton.
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TIBAO boots

I ordered a pair of these start of Nov for commuter boots, delivered in 4 weeks.
Toasty warm and waterproof. Much easier than fiddling about with overshoes and toe covers.
So juch so that I'm tempted to get another set of nicer boots for weekend spins and ditch the overshoes completely
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I bought a pair of Northwave boots a few winters ago and will never go back to a regular shoe/overshoe combo for wet/cold winter spins or commuting. Infinitely superior in almost every aspect in my experience. Almost, as the one area an overshoe may be more beneficial is the seal around the top of ankle which isn't as tight with the shoe and is more susceptible to water ingress from above. But other than the rare spin or three a year where that presents an actual pain in the arse, because if it's extremely wet and the boot fills with water it can't get back out without you taking them off and pouring it out, the boots do it for me every time. This must be the third winter I've had mine and they look like they'll do another three or four again easily.
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I have a pair of the Shimano RW5 boots, find them excellent, only issue is the usual one of wet coming in along the legs, one of the lads in the club has a fix for that he cuts the hands off marigold gloves and pulls the cuffs up his legs and rolls them back down over the top of the boots, he swears by it, haven't tried it myself yet
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Thanks for the replies...
Will check CSS tomorrow for the Shinanos and Spatz (can only imagine i’ll be ripping them too)with a trip to Base2Race after seen Northwave ones there last week..
Have full lenght mud guards on so have that covered...
Mr Spuckler thanks for the offer but 9 would be too small for me..
Those spatz things look great but look like they'd be as difficult as a wetsuit to get on and off!
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