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    Do it all winter shoe? Holy grail or does one exist?

    My feet are pretty sensitive to cold so its time to ditch the overshoes and crap and buy some dedicated winter shoes. I could always go the nuclear route with Wolfgars or Wolvhammers or 303's but I plan to use these shoes for road as well as off road and specifically CX racing in the bad weather of late season. Is there anything that is actually warm and dry at temps of 15-25F in that class? From all of the searching I've done, seems like the Shimano MW81 or Northwave Celscius Arctic may be the closest I can come. The Specialized Defroster seems similar and I can get a great deal on them through my team but the reviews seem pretty mixed. Love some insight so I can go spend some money in the next few days and hopefully have much happier feet soon after.
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    For my cold sensitive feet it starts with a thin sock comprised of some merino wool.
    And I put a thin layer of tin foil under my sole between the cleat. Heat sink from the pedal/cleat makes my feet colder quicker. A few buddies with cold feet use the 45Nrth cold weather sole, or whatever that company is called.
    As for fit, the MW81 do a good job.

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    Update, bought the 45nrth Japanthers tonight on a team deal. They look more promising than I first thought so I am very optimistic about how they will do. For anyone looking at this boot, definitely try them on. I wear a 43 summer shoe and wound up in a 45 so that I could wear a heavy wool sock inside. If I went light to lightish sock, the 44's would have worked. Anyway, case closed for now and this weekend looks to be giving me some "great" weather to put them through initial paces.
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