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Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:58 am
by TonyMax
Folks,

Any recommendations for overshoes to keep my feet warm in the Canberra winter? How much do I need to worry about it given most things warm up as I ride anyway?

Any recommendations for brands and/or places to get them would be appreciated.

Cheers,


Tony

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:39 am
by lobstermash
I just wear thick socks in winter, like Explorers or similar. They still get cold, but not excessively so. If you've got really well ventilated shoes you might need booties.

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:42 pm
by Warnesy
Ground effects do some nice winter socks, but generally a nice pair of merino ones work just fine.


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Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:47 pm
by bychosis
My extremities tend to get cold quickly, especially when doing something like cycling. I use some cheap and cheerful torpedo7 neoprene shoe covers. They work really well and also offer decent rain protection even though they aren't meant to be waterproof and shoes still get a bit wet from the opening around the sole.

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:24 pm
by barefoot
Depends what kind of riding you are talking about, and for how long.

I don't get cold easily, but I couldn't live without my booties for sub-freeezing 6am Ballarat winter rides. And I know that Canberra weather scoffs at what passes for cold here (-5°C is as cold as I've seen so far).

I got mine as part of a warm gear bundle from Planet X or On-One or whatever brand they were selling as that day. They're neoprene. Very notably warmer than going without.

I don't bother with any different socks to what I wear in summer, because I know they fit comfortably in my shoes.

My winter kit is summer kit plus a merino undershirt, plus arm and leg warmers, plus a windproof gillet, plus winter gloves, plus the overshoes, plus a fleece or merino scull cap. Pretty much in that order as it gets colder. Sometimes my bum gets cold with just a single layer of lycra on it, but that does me okay for 1-2 hour early morning road rides up here.

If you're out pre-dawn in the -8°C bidon-freezing misery that can be a Canberra winter, you'll want something over your shoes.

tim

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:20 pm
by cp123
I have icebreaker socks tony - they're a bit pricey - ie $50 per pair, but make a huuuuge difference to comfort. i'm not cold when I start off, but 20 -30 mins into the ride that's when my feet start to get cold simply due to the plastic nature of the shoes. you can also take out the sole of your shoe and shove some newspaper over any spare cleat holes because cold air gets in everywhere.

you can buy icebreakers from paddy pallins or off the website - you'd want the hike crew socks which are like a level 3 of warmth. you'll still need neoprene boots over the top I expect but the super socks take them from me from about may to july. I just can't handle trying to wiggle overshoes on each and every morning. I've got some bbb ones.

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:29 am
by seddo
Wife and I are going to give these a go
http://www.twowheelcool.com/products/to ... er-celeste

cheers

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:43 pm
by Ross
I've got some Louis Garneau neoprene overshoes that are pretty good. I bought them from Ride Shop in Braddon, not sure if they still sell them though. Last time I was there (a few months ago) they had just one pair left in the clearance bin.

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:45 pm
by Ross
seddo wrote:Wife and I are going to give these a go
http://www.twowheelcool.com/products/to ... er-celeste

cheers


I find toe covers are only good for around zero degrees or maybe -1 degrees tops.

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:51 pm
by bychosis
seddo wrote:Wife and I are going to give these a go
http://www.twowheelcool.com/products/to ... er-celeste

cheers


He he he he.. Dishwasher safe? Don't think they would be getting into our dishwasher at home. Maybe at work?

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:20 pm
by cp123
with ice breaker socks I didn't bother with overboots till it was about -4. I hate trying to haul them on over shoes.

Re: Overshoes/Booties - Canberra Winter

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:07 am
by anttismo
I have real problems with cold feet in winter and most my rides are early morning and longer 2 hrs. In Melbourne it is bad enough (often around zero in outer suburbs and hills), but I do a bit in canberra as well where it is zero or below for a great deal of mornings.

I use multiple pairs merino wool socks as soon as it drops below 10, and below 5 I go for the neoprene over shoes as well. The over shoes I've used for a few years are endura ones I bought from chain reaction for pretty cheap. I find them great, able to deal with a bit of wet pretty well too:)