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    Winter/Fat Biking Boots (for flats, not clipless)?

    I am new to fat biking and just trying to gear up. I know this has been done to death in other forums, but I wanted to ask here because a) our weather is somewhat unique, and b) some brands/models are less available to us in Canada-land (e.g. LLBean Snow Sneaker is very popular iun the Fat Bike forum but not available locally).

    What type of boots are people wearing when winter-riding on flat pedals? I assume you want something that is:

    -warm
    -light
    -not too much lug in the tread
    -stiff in the sole
    -anything else?

    Anybody have any models they are happy enough with to share?

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    I have a pair of Merrell Continuum that I wear for snow shoeing, skiing with Hoks, and fat biking on flats. Most winter worthy hiking style boot should do the trick
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    I agree with BCD. While planning to go snow biking I often find myself aborting and snowshoeing, hiking, etc. instead, depending on the conditions of the trail. Even if riding, I spend more time off the bike than in the warm season, and so want a boot that will allow me to push the bike up a slick hill, etc. Performance goes out the window in the winter, so things like a stiff flat sole does not really matter. You should favour warmth, water resistance, and traction. I wear Salomon waterproof hiking boots similar to the pictured when riding in the snow, and am happy with them and my warm toes inside.
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    Though I'm not a resident of Eastern Canada, I can recommend North Face boots in general. Twice I've sought the same criteria that you listed. 5 years ago I found some decent lighter weight Nike boots that worked OK. But they failed in the warmth test when I did below zero rides (here in MN). More recently, I bought The North Face boots. Still not really good in subzero temps, they are quite lightweight and water-resistant. Overall, quite happy with these. But the really cold rides have to be 90minutes or less or else I come home with numb toes. Went with the mid-rise "Snowfuse" model. If I had to do it again today, I might try the Thermoball.

    Whatever you do, don't buy too small. That's the best advice I ever heard regarding winter boots. What fits perfectly with 1 sock layer can quickly become too small with 2 layers. Then your feet get cold for lack of insulative air space.

    Good luck. If you can't track down these, maybe you'll spot something comparable... https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/sh...ariationId=EFC
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    I have a pair of Salomon winter boots (got them at MEC) They are very lightweight, waterproof, thinsulate, warm (my feet have not been cold). I wear them for winter riding, ice biking, snowshoeing, and hiking. They grip the pedals, and are comfortable for riding. Perfect for cold dry or slush and the occasional soaker. I've had them for 3 winters, my feet have been happy and I have no complaints
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    Keen make some warm light boots. Their web page shows people on fatbikes.

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    Check out the Summit boot.

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    Winter/Fat Biking Boots (for flats, not clipless)?-pacificboot.jpg Pacific Trail Men's Sequoia Walking Shoe
    found them online for $28 they are not waterproof and need to be sprayed.

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    I use TNF hiking boots sorta like the pics in this thread.

    Stiff soles, Gore-Tex...they do the trick nicely
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    You need proper winter boots. I found with normal hiking boots the cold comes up through the soles. Cheap felt lined snowmobile type boots work but they are heavy and clunky. Good winter hiking boots are worth the money - I use mine for fat biking, snowshoeing and skiing.

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    I have a pair of Merrels very similar to the ones BCD posted. I don't know the model. I use them for shoeing as well. Apparently, the holy grail is the 45nrth Wolvhamner boot. They are a mint. I know two people that swear they are the best thing ever.
    https://45nrth.com/files/products/1_Wolvhammer.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    Apparently, the holy grail is the 45nrth Wolvhamner boot. They are a mint. I know two people that swear they are the best thing ever.
    https://45nrth.com/files/products/1_Wolvhammer.jpg
    Yup, they are that good.
    I have had both versions of this boot.
    The newest version is very good and an improvement on the original design.

    They are even great for snowshoe'ing.




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    LL Bean Bean boots with the Goretex and Thinsulate liner are really well made, light and warm they will usually last me about six years before the rubber sole wear out and they are made in North America Men's L.L.Bean Boots, 8 Gore-Tex/Thinsulate | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean

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    I had noticed these before. Tried some on at Marks last night and they are pretty nice. Quite stiff and light - not sure about warmth but Baffin is typically pretty good there. May pick up a pair if I find my old Kamik pac boots (these bad boys) are just too bulky/heavy after a few rides.

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    What do people do about laces? How to prevent them from getting sucked into the chainrings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarfieldCat View Post
    What do people do about laces? How to prevent them from getting sucked into the chainrings?
    I use these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o00_s00

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarfieldCat View Post
    What do people do about laces? How to prevent them from getting sucked into the chainrings?
    never had that issue nor even thought about it.

    So long as they aren't too long it shouldn't be a problem.
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