I wore my Shimano MW80 winter boots for the first time out in the field today. I wore them before, but it's only in the city streets, no rain. My Salsa Mukluk2 just arrived, so I decided to bike through some ATV trails. They were wooded trails, with some open fields, with deep ruts, some filled with water. I got stuck in one rut and was forced to plant my foot down in the water. The water was almost ankle deep. The first thing I was thinking is "Great, now my feet are going to be soaked". I was surprised they weren't. The picture below shows me in a puddle, but the one I stepped in was allot deeper...
I continued through the trails and decided to ride through another water filled rut. It didn't appear deep and I was able to peddle through it. Not until did I get in the middle, did I realize that it was really deep. I realize that if I stop, I would be completly soaked from the knees down, so I continued to peddle through it. Surprisingly, I made it through. My shoes were completely submerged under water, past the ankle. I did feel a little water up by the ankle, but it stopped there. My socks wasn't even soaked.
The following photo shows how deep the bike can get. Unfortunately, where I rode through was deeper...
I did wear my Pearl iZumi ELITE Barrier WxB Convertible pants over my PI P.R.O Softshell Cycle bib tights so I was warm and water proof.
So if you're looking for waterproof winter cycling shoes, the Shimano MW80's are an excellent thoice. I'm sure the newer Shimano MW81's have the same waterproof protection.
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