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    Wintertime riding - what shoes or boots and socks do you wear?

    I am a fatbike newbie within the last 6 weeks. Thoroughly hooked! I live in Michigan. The last several years the winters here have be relatively mild, and last year we really didn't have a winter. As a result I was able to stay riding, on my MTB and/or Cross. The temps allowed me to use heavy UA socks and my Five Ten shoes.

    This year is a different story. Colder temps limit this footwear combination to about an hour of ride time. Now that I have a Moonlander, I can ride in conditions and to places that this footwear combination probably isn't appropriate/suitable for, especially if I breake down and need to walk out.

    I use some Shimano MX80 pinned flat pedals on my moonie.

    For those of you that ride regularly in the winter, at temps below 20 degress, what footwear and socks do you use? Is there footwear that still allows some sense of ones foot on the pedal?

    My Cat boots are plenty warm, but do not transmit any sense of the pedal. I'm a size 13 EEE, and I have to be careful because the heel of my boot hits the derailleur with each pedal revolution.

    Care to share what you are doing?

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    Probably should do a search, but check out the 45NRTH Wolvhammers or the Lake winter boots. I have the 45NRTH's and ride a lot in temps well below zero.

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    I've tried 2 different variations with success in both: Mavic summer MTB shoes with Hotronics skiboot heaters, plus neoprene booties, and more recently, Louis Garneau 0* LS-100 shoes. Both work great, the LG shoes are very warm (haven't plugged the heaters in yet, even on a ride where my beer froze. Must need a higher-octane beer). I think the downside to the Mavics is that they need the neoprene booties to seal them against snow, while the downside to the LGs is that their sole material is very hard and is slick in the parking lot and on ice. I'm a 10EEE and sized up the LGs on full size, that seems to work well with wool ski socks. Both work well with a clip-in platform pedal and don't seem to fill with snow. I know some people don't like the cold transmission through the cleat, but the Hotronics mounts in the same spot (under the footbed) and fixes that issue.

    WRT your other post about gloves, I use whatever's sitting on the workbench, from elkskin/thinsulate ranch gloves, to old SixSix1 winter gloves, to large gauntlets. I also bring silkweight liners. With pogies and insulation on the brake levers, I can ride down to about 10-15* with a midweight glove. Yesterday's ride at 35* had no gloves and hands on top of the pogies, so in my experience, they are the most critical element.

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    You should have just started one thread with all your questions

    I have some thinner cheap Sorel boots that have been great for 5+. I wear socks in them.
    I have some thick cheap Sorel boots that have been great for colder temps. I wear socks in them.
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    I just use my normal clipless shoes with those neoprene roadie boots over them, warm and dry, was -10c yesterdays and my feet were toasty warm. yes I still use clipless even on the fatty in the winter. I had no issues climbing any hills by foot. They clog from time to time but a few whacks on a tree clears them out. Been riding clipless for so long it just doesn't feel right riding with flats. Even in the deep snow I had no snow get inside these things, they are a pain to get on but I love them for keeping my feet dry and warm. I know I am probably the minority in using this combo for winter ridding on a fatty.
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    New Balance 1000 winter running/hiking shoes, Wigwam real wool socks, flat pedals with lots of spiky things on them have worked well for me in the Mitten this winter.

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    Yeah, -10C isn't terribly cold and about the limit where I can use my lake SPD boots. When it gets significantly below that, around -20C, I have to use flats because the SPD pedals suck the heat right out of your feet. They are too close to your foot, and then it's just one giant metal heat-sink constantly exposed to the cold air, from the pedal to the bike.
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    Not on a fattie yet but been riding my old 26er all winter. Also in Michigan. I'm rolling with Sidi Genius Mega and an old pair of Performance neoprene over boot. Toe warmer packs are the key! Thay get warmer than the hand warmers. I'll probably upgrade to a real boot when the fat bike comes in but you certainly can get by without.

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    I am also form Michigan, i have a FATBACK got a pair of LAKE 303's this year they are a nice upgrade from the summer shoes with booties over them. I have not tried the 45NRTH Wolvhammers just based on the price i got them for. just standard wool socks and i have been good. with the wind the last few days i placed toe warmers just in case, my feet never felt cold.

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    Shimano MW81's and usually just normal mtb socks or wool socks. But I need an insole like the Jaztronaut cuz when it his like 15 or below I start losing heat thru the bottom cuz of the pedal.
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    Bumping this old thread...

    I just purchased these on sale at the mall. Super super light, and very toasty. Replaced my old heavy LL Bean boots. Very inexpensive.

    Rode yesterday in 5 degrees F. Paired with wigwam wool socks. Perfect.

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    Wool or neoprene are pretty essential for cold weather riding. Wind and water protection added to any combo of insulation and you'll be warm. Sock liners are great for moving sweat away from your feet skin.

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    After alot of trail & error & frozen toes Ive settled on flat pedals with these boots, smart wool socks and toe warmers. So far so good. 2 three hour rides and a 5 mile hike in snow and my feet never got cold. The boots are light & not bulky. I bought a half size up from my normal size to allow for wool socks. When I bought mine there was a 25% off coupon that dropped the price to $120.

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    I have been using North Face Winter Hiking Boots and they work well. They are warm, water proof, comfortable and light. The tread is good in snow and on ice. I know sooner or later I will have to hike a bike so booties over my normal cycling shoes won't work for me. I tried using my cycling shoes in the snow and cold came through the clips.

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    I've biked in Northern Maine for several years, 3 of those years I commuted every weekday to work by bike. Coldest I saw was -36f air temp and way below that With the wind chill!

    My feet always stayed warm on the really cold days by wearing two pairs of socks with a plastic baggie between the two layers. I used a very lightweight summer cycling woool sock for the base layer and a midweight Cross-country wool ski sock for the outer layer. For shoes I've had very good luck with mid height keen insulated hiking boots. Very warm water proof, and let's you retain some pedal feel;-) They are extremely comfortable as well, and not as crazy expensive as cycling specific boots.
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    I get cold feet ( old frostbite), lake 303's are a remarkably warm system. I have one size up and there's room for thick wool sock and thin biking sock to wick sweat yet the fit is not sloppy.
    By system I mean they have really well, high insulated uppers, foot beds with metallic to reflect heat, softer rubber clears so traction on ice and cement is good.
    10f no problem for 2 hours is no issue now. I couldn't be more pleased.
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    I got a pair of Northwave Celcius boots. It's one of the best bicycle "accessories" I ever bought

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    Salomon Toundra Mid WP. With wool socks, -10F is no problem. With summer cycling socks, -10F is no problem. Works great with my Fyxation Mesa pinned pedals. Sad thing is, you could find these boots all day for <$100 in the fall. Now they're nearly double that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunyak View Post
    I got a pair of Northwave Celcius boots. It's one of the best bicycle "accessories" I ever bought
    My feet froze in them. Wool socks, toe warmers, nothing helped. I had the Arctic model
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    My feet froze in them. Wool socks, toe warmers, nothing helped. I had the Arctic model
    i have arctic model as well, these are def not for heavy winter riding. 3 hours is my max with -10C outside, and my feet would be cold towards the end of the ride in wool socks. these shoes are also not suitable for walking in deep snow as the velcro closures tend to open up on their own while walking in deep snow.

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    Wintertime riding - what shoes or boots and socks do you wear?

    I'm in south east Michigan. I wear lake 303. Awesome boot. Very warm and very comfy. I have a wide foot so my options were limited. Still went one size up. With defeet blaze socks it wears snug but very comfy. If I went two sizes up I could wear thicker socks. But with the defeets I have no complaints

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    I'm very happy with my Lake 303 and a pair of thick hiking wool socks down to about 15* for a roughly 1-1.5 hour ride.

    I've worn the Lakes up to 45* and normal socks and was also, very happy with them.

    Prior to that, I was wearing two pair of wool socks, my Bontrager summer shoes, and a pair of booties. 35* or below, and I had insanely painful feet.

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    For us clipless riders I've read some glowing reviews on these Vasque Arrowhead boots. A pretty good alternative to the $300 variety. I haven't ordered them yet but I will.
    Amazon.com: Vasque Men's Arrowhead Ultra Dry Snow Boot,Magnet/Chili Pepper,12 M US: Shoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Shimano MW81's and usually just normal mtb socks or wool socks. But I need an insole like the Jaztronaut cuz when it his like 15 or below I start losing heat thru the bottom cuz of the pedal.
    I actually use this combination and it is pretty good. However for longer, faster ride (on my CX bike for instance) I will lose heat out the top after 2+ hours. Planning to supplement with neoprene booties for that.

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