Mavic Drift Winter cycling boots
Dirt Rag says these are warmer then Lake MXZ302's. Anyone have a pair that can comment?
Isn't the 302 dead, replaced by the 303, and, the Drift sure doesn't look very warm, they only say "Insulated", but to what degree? I doubt they are...
Drift - footwear - mountain bike - Mavic
I read they're Gore insulated or something.
Just looking for people who own these and what they think about them. And also what temp-degree they use these down to? I know they arn't completely water proof, but that doesn't bother me.
Last edited by AC/BC; 01-08-2013 at 05:38 AM.
I would not buy a winter boot that relied on Velcro straps to hold it on. I had some Answer Kashmir boots that were similar. If you hike-a-bike for a bit, the snow will lift the velcro straps and get packed into them. The velcro is then rendered useless.
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The drifts seemed built well for cold, rainy day rides. If your looking for a cold weather shoe but don't want to go quite to the boot style like 45North and Lake then consider the Northwave Celsius GTX or the Northwave Celsius Arctic GTX. Both have Gore Tex and neoprene cuffs with the Arctic Version having a fleece liner for extra warmth.
Myself and several friends have the Northwave Celsius Arctic GTX and we all love them. I've ridden down to 9 degrees and crossed streams with them at that temp and have had warm, comfy feet on every ride.
Combine them with Sealskinz socks( I use a lightweight pair of summer socks under them for comfort as the Sealskinz feel clammy without) and increase the water proofing ability if you happen to get water higher then the shoe cuff.
9 degrees, in a stream with happy feet
Our sales rep brought some in the shop for us to check out. I was not impressed. They looked to be only marginally warmer than just putting a shoe cover on a normal shoe. If you have poor circulation like me then the only thing I found warm enough is the 45Nrth boot. I had the shimano MW81 water proof insulated winter boot last year and my feet were always cold. The lake shoe have a far better construction and appear to be a lot warmer than the Mavics but I have never tried them personally.
I bought a pair late last fall when you couldn't Lakes were unavailable. Seems I read a couple of good reviews- and they were available. Whether they're as warm as the Lakes, I can't say. And everyone's perception of warmth varies. While cross country skiing I rarely have problems with cold feet. Riding is another matter. After some use I inserted Aerogel inner soles. Like mountaingoatepics I also use sealskinz and a SmartWool liner sock. That combination keeps me comfortable just below 30°. Below that I add toe warmers. Then I'm good to around 20°. Where I live, about 2 hours south of the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, that temperature range accounts for 80% of my winter riding conditions. Any colder than that I put platforms on the bike and go with winter boots.
I generally ride by myself and consequently have sections of hike-a-bike because the trails I'm near aren't ridden during the winter and so I pack and repack sections to create loops. Never had any issues with the velcro. (The elastic cuff is also held closed with velcro- no problems there, either.)