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09-01-2019, 10:50   #16
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... I'm tempted to get another set of nicer boots for weekend spins and ditch the overshoes completely
Don't ditch the overshoes. While boots are great in the winter when wearing tights/legwarmers, they don't look right with shorts so you'll still need the overshoes for wet rides in warmer months.
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09-01-2019, 11:00   #17
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also, if you're going to be doing multiple cycles using the same set of gear, overshoes are useful - most obviously on the commute. i leave them in my backpack, because a dry commute in does not mean a dry commute home.
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Add a pair of knee high sealskinz socks and you're all winter ready. Knee high so that spray doesn't roll down the inside of the sock.

I added sealskinz waterproof leg warmers to this combo for total waterproofing. Only change I had to make was to seal the seams with Fabsil spray Add overshoes to protect the good summer shoes and you're in business.
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Those spatz things look great but look like they'd be as difficult as a wetsuit to get on and off!
Surprisingly not! They are very pliable and you can either pull them up and down or roll them up or down. I notice on the packaging they state that they mustn't come in contact with your crank arms during cycling or they will prematurely ware through, that’s how soft the waterproof material is. So check your crank arms to make sure your cleats are positioned properly and you have no rubbing issues and you'll be good to go.
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I've specialized defroster boots. Used for roughly 10 mins to try them out. Hoping for a dip in temperature soon to give them a proper go.
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Surprisingly not! They are very pliable and you can either pull them up and down or roll them up or down. I notice on the packaging they state that they mustn't come in contact with your crank arms during cycling or they will prematurely ware through, that’s how soft the waterproof material is. So check your crank arms to make sure your cleats are positioned properly and you have no rubbing issues and you'll be good to go.
What's the sole like? Will they take a bit of wear caused by foot down at traffic lights, junctions etc.
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What's the sole like? Will they take a bit of wear caused by foot down at traffic lights, junctions etc.
There is only a velcro strap that goes under the shoe between the heel and cleat so there is minimal road contact if any. The heel section doesn't go below the sole and the toe part is keep off the road via your cleat.
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Anyone using the Fizik Artica boot?

https://www.fizik.com/eu_en/artica-r5.html
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Anyone using the Fizik Artica boot?

https://www.fizik.com/eu_en/artica-r5.html
07 Lapierre - see post no.8 above.
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07 Lapierre - see post no.8 above.
The word Spatz caught my eye and brain more than Fizik
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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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The fact youre wearing spatz as well with these is that just for keeping the wet out completely?

No vents on the sole compared to the Northwave version I can only imagine your feet will sweat anyway??
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The fact youre wearing spatz as well with these is that just for keeping the wet out completely?

No vents on the sole compared to the Northwave version I can only imagine your feet will sweat anyway??
Yes. They work in tandem. Wearing the boots on their own means my feet can get cold. If I wear the Spatz over summer shoes, my feet get wet and cold!

I better mention that I really, really feel the cold, and my feet have never been sweaty while cycling. Fizic shoes and Spatz combined could be too warm for some people, but Not for me.
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On a serious note having tried a few of the options above...IMO

Northwave...very difficult to put on...Looks just like a sock darned onto a road shoe...will take both cleats..vents on the sole...

Shimano M7’s..Big and bulky wont take a road cleat...a hardy boot to be fair

Shimano R5’s...nice price, a few air holes...will take both cleats road/mtb that is..again like a sock darned onto a shoe.

Spatz...back to overshoe scenario..rip no zips mind...like wellies

Fizik...back for another look tomorrow.....looking like a favorite but back to zips...

Specialized...must drop in the new shop and have a gander

I dont really suffer with the cold to be fair..

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Any options for those of use that dont use cleat type pedals? i've bought overshoes but they dont really fit over my runners.
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Any options for those of use that dont use cleat type pedals? i've bought overshoes but they dont really fit over my runners.
Get clipin pedals?
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