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    Riding With Flats In The Cold

    I'm sure I've mentioned many times that I ride Crank Bros Mallets on all of my bikes year round. I have Lake 303's and some Sidis for varying degrees of coldness.
    So... I know what I like but my fourteen year old son rides flats. This will be the first winter he's going to venture out on very cold and snowy rides so I need to outfit him.
    What are you guys that ride with flat pedals wearing for boots?

    He's a big kid, 6 feet tall, 205 pounds and probably size 12 feet so adult shoe sizes apply.
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    Keens work well for me but they don't mesh well with all pedals. In WI so fairly cool weather.

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    I just wear whatever boots I find comfortable on my feet and for the conditions. Boot-pedal traction is never quite as good as with summer shoes, but it's well enough to work.

    Currently, my remaining boots are a little worse for wear (not from riding in, either from age or from hard outdoor work) and I'll need to get some replacements soon.

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    Bog boots

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    The best part of winter riding is switching from five tens to my bates gx8 gore side zip. Less grip than five ten, but the vulcanized sole grips well enough. I like the ankle and shin protection and find in certain situations I can squeeze the crank to control the bike like on a moto. I shred the soles after about a season but thatís about how often i rotate a new pair in for work.
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    I have some hiking boots with 200g of Thinsulate. I have riden down to near zero for about an hour and a half. Feet were cold at the end. If I were to buy again it would be 400g hiking boots. Cabelas have some with boa closures (Snow Runner) that got good reviews. Those are lighter than the laced version. If I did a multi hour ride in single digits I would throw on my 1,000g hunting boots.
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    Sorels are the gold standard here. The ones with the wool-liner.
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    Thanks, Fellas.
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    I use a pair of 5-10 Freerider High-tops for most riding here in Minnesota. I bought them a half-size larger to accommodate a carbon foot warmer insole. If itís too cold for those shoes I have a good pair of Keeneís that work well too, but if its too cold for the 5-10ís...I just donít ride.


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    L.L. Bean snow sneakers with velcro closures. Good to single digits. Not much more in my experience YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xylx View Post
    L.L. Bean snow sneakers with velcro closures. Good to single digits. Not much more in my experience YMMV.
    Whoa! Those look awesome. I happen to be going to Freeport Maine this month. He'll be able to try em on. Thanks!
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    In winter on flats I wear Salomon winter hikers. Lightweight, waterproof and warm. Got them for under $100 at REI a couple years ago.

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    Waterproof, insulated, and wool socks treat me pretty well. If it gets cold cold, I'll toss in some toe warmers.

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    Vasque Arrowhead. A bit pricey for non-cycling specific winter boots (maybe $115) but they're ideal for winter fatbiking: lightweight, plenty warm, waterproof, have a flat sole that works well with pedals and have a narrower heel that won't hit chainstays. They are designed for snowshoeing so they feel a bit like running shoes and have nicely flexible ankles. I've ridden them down to sub zero without issue. Note: I have good circulation and my feet rarely get cold.

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