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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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    L.L. Bean Snow Sneakers

    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Whoa! Those look awesome. I happen to be going to Freeport Maine this month. He'll be able to try em on. Thanks!
    I would add there's two versions of the snow sneakers. The more expensive version has a new "arctic grip." $36 more. Don't think you'd need that because the only thing you need to grip is the pedal, not an icy surface. Also I use velcro closures because if I go into some overflow and need to get them off quickly and change out socks I don't want to be screwing around with laces. On the other hand if it were really cold the velcro might ice up. Don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuyuna View Post
    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.

    I have these and like them for pedal contact, and they are fairly warm, but if your riding involves snow or ice, and you have to walk on any surface that is not level, they are horrible. No traction whatsoever.

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    I have used Keen Summit County Boots for the last 6 years, but they are starting to wear out. I have just received a pair of these (heard about them through Fat-Bike.com), but have not used them yet.

    Columbia Men's Bugaboot Plus Iv XTM Omni-Heat Mid Calf Boot

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...TF8&th=1&psc=1

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    Nye Nesna Lobben boots with wool insoles and Neos overboots.
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    Vans MTE is what i ride all winter, insulated, water resistant, and have an insulated footbed.
    And everyone knows that Vans and flat pedals are a perfect match.
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    So my son and I went to Maine this past weekend to see my aunt and uncle that live ten minutes from the LL Bean flagship store. We went shopping at ten pm. ONLY time to go in there. You get the run of the whole place.
    Xylx was right. The Snow Sneaker is an excellent shoe. My son opted for black with laces.

    We're back home now and it's 48 degrees. He'll be trying the snow sneakers another day.
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