Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mountain shoe cover for winter-

So, I'm thinking along the lines of getting a shoe cover for my mountain shoes. They are Scott (similar to the comp's). I had one pair of covers a while ago but they were too small, even at the xl size. I'm currently looking towards Pearl Izumi AmFIB covers. Any experience? I don't want something I need to spend hours cramming my shoe into- easy in, warm, quality... Thoughts? And no- Lake's are too spendy for me (unless you want to donate).


Doug said...

Initially the cost of the Lakes seem pricey, but spread out over the life of the boot it's only $30-50 per year. Depending on how long they last. That's a lot of warmth for so little cost.

Shoe covers make no sense to me for winter biking. Maybe for cool weather, but not for cold. When I go out in the snow without a bike, I don't wear a summer pair of shoes and put a cover over them. I wear a warm winter boot. When I go snowshoeing or winter camping, I don't wear my summer hiking shoes, I wear a winter boot. Properly fit summer foot wear doesn't allow for layering without squeezing your foot restricting blood flow. To do it right with a shoe cover, you would need to buy a larger sized summer shoe.

What I'm suggesting is, if someone like you, is planning on commuting all winter, it is well worth the money for the Lake boots. Try to figure out a way to make the investment. It's cheaper than buying a new car.

Susan and I have a household budget. When I buy something for commuting (parts for the bike, boots, etc) the money comes out of the same pocket that Susan's car expenses come out of.

Biking Duluth said...

When it comes to witer commuting, I wear winter boots. I'm looking for covers for the time of year when it would be nice to have a litte more warmth or water-proofness without having to go to a boot. This really came about on Thursday's commute home. I was thinking it would be nice to have shoe covers.

Doug said...

Oh, never mind.

Biking Duluth said...

how do you "try" to keep your feet dry on day's like thursday?

rlove2bike said...

I too have trouble spending that kind of dough for the Lakes, although I may someday. For now, my choices are Pearle Izumi toe warmers, a pair of Performance neoprene booties and plain old winter boots.

For me, the toe warmers work in just cool temps. They are not water resistant, nor are they very warm

The booties are nice and warm, have reflective strips and resist water well. They are a little heavy, but the trade off to keep using clipless pedals are worth it for me.

I use double sided pedals in the winter, so I can wear straight out winter boots if I so choose.

Biking Duluth said...

My problem is I can't find covers to go over my big mountain shoes. It seems if I had road shoes I'd be ok, but I don't. What kind of shoes do you have?

rlove2bike said...

I have 2 pair of Shimano Mountain Shoes, size 46. The Performance booties I have are size 12. They work on one pair, which are SH-MA80's.
The other pair I have, SH-M181L, they will not work on. That pair has big cleats on the bottom, ratchet straps and an all around bigger shoe. They are just too tight when I have tried them with that shoe...I was afraid of tearing them.

Doug said...

"how do you "try" to keep your feet dry on day's like thursday?"

Thursday I let them get wet. Since I only have 7 miles to ride to work, I don't worry about it. I wear a thick wool sock and bring along an extra dry pair for the return trip.

However, if I took the time to dig out the Lake boots for the season and wore them, they are waterproof after an fresh application of Nikwax (a free packet of Nikwax comes with the boots). My feet stay dry in the Lake boots.

They really are worth the money. Hard to believe, but they are.

Boz said...

I have Specialized shoe covers. They fit over my Pearl Izumi mtb shoes just fine. @ $40.00 at the Ski Hut.