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    Cold Weather Shoes (Platforms)....What do you wear?

    Looking to pick up some cold weather gear for some winter riding, most of what I find is for people who ride clipless but I use platforms only.

    I wear 510 free rider shoes during the warmer months but I don't think they will cut it for colder/wet conditions. So I was thinking of some kind of hiking shoe, like mid ankle high that has a gripper type sole, so I am not sliding off the pedals.

    Just curious what everyone wears for platforms or has any recommendations (not looking to break the bank)

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    I'm in the same boat and I've narrowed the choice down to the following two products:

    Patagonia Drifter A/C Gore-Tex
    Merrell Moab GORE-TEX® XCR

    I'm leaning towards the Patagonia because I'm super impressed with the quality of their products.

    These shoes would obviously be also used for snow-free hiking during the cold months.

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    I have the Merrell's, like these, but last year's model, and love them. They are great for a day hike, stiff enough to ride with no foot pain, have great traction, and aren't overly hot. Yet, the Gore-Tex keeps your feet dry, and they keep your feet warm. Gore-Tex has come a long way over the years with breathe-ability. I picked mine up on sale for around $80, and use them exclusively for riding now, until I decide to go clipless.

    Merrell Moab Gore-Tex XCR Cross-Training Shoes - Men's - Free Shipping at

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    Why not shoe covers on your fave shoe?

    Sugoi Resistor Bike Booties - Free Shipping at

    They worked great for a four-hour downpour in 5.10 Impact lows. The bottom of the sole is open aside from a strap across the arch (you can see slightly in the photo). They also act as gaiters. If I need additional warmth I'll toss in some chemical toe warmers.

    Grabber Toe Warmers - 3 Pairs at

    Almost all GTX hiking-type shoes will have a contoured sole and/or aggressive lugs--not ideal for flat pedals. "Approach" type shoes usually have flat soles, but typically aren't water resistant.



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    Going thru this right now. I ride in either sam hills or teva links depending on the kind of riding. If I went with a whole new shoe, I would say the north face snow sneakers are the best choice. Skate shoe like sole, really soft sticky rubber, primaloft insulated and waterproof. Honestly though, I'm going to pick up a pair of gore-tex socks, either the Gore brand ones, or the Rocky version of them. cheaper than shoes, and they work really well. I think I am going to pair them with the links, since they don't absorb water, and all should be good.


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    To be honest man, I've tried lots of shoes and the best ones for me so far is just a pair of DC midtops because they are thick and with warm socks they're even warmer. The soles are grippy and spray some scoth guard on them.

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    x2 on the DC's. I use a pair of DC H2O shoes, the were made for snow-skating. Sticky soles, gore-tex, and have a nice neoprene gaiter to keep out mud and snow.
    ...don't worry it's coming...

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