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Answer Kasmir Winter Shoes

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Anybody tried the answer kashmir winter shoes. I have seen them advertised but cannot find much info on them. How do the compare to the lakes? Do they run true to size? Toebox room? Thanks for the help
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I have a pair which I got from AE bike for $108. I have never seen the Lake so I cant compare but from what I have read both have english Pittards Leather which is waterproof. Both have neoprene liners. The Answer has a very stiff sole. I would say the Answer runs slightly large although its also a little on the narrow size. I went a size down but I think I could have gone up also. I have ridden with them down to 35 or so with just a pair of socks so far I have also been through a lot of snow, mud and puddles and my feet have stayed dry. I still have a little room in the toe area even dropping down a size. For the money they cant be beat.
Have One Ride on the New Lake

MXZ 301's. Granted it was about 40 degrees, but i have some serious circulation issues and it would have taken the chemical heat packs and likely the Toester Booties to keep my feet warm. One pair of smartwool socks and i was more than fine! I would say the jury is still out on BOA closure system, but for the first ride it was great. I wear a 44.5 Sidi and have a somewhat narrow foot. Bought a 45 in the Lakes and they fit pretty well. I have crammed an orthotic on top of the wool insole, so they have some room to work with.
Last night I finally installed my cleats and those four toe bolts. Obviously I haven't ridden in them yet.

I wear a 9.5 and ended up getting a 44 in the Kasmir's rather than going down to 43 because I had to take into account the thickness of the socks I plan on pairing them with. Even with some wool hiking socks, it's more on the comfortable side rather than the snug side. I'm sure if I threw on a pair of snowboard or mountaineering socks, that it would feel more snug. There is definately plenty of room in the toe box for me.

I've never tried on the Lakes so I have nothing to compare them to.

From what I can tell, I think the Lakes are actually insulated while the Kasmir's just have the pittard leather to "insulate". My cutoff point for riding in cold conditions is the low/mid 30s so I think these shoes should be more than adequate.

Oh one more thing...for me it was a bit of a chore to get my foot through the neoprene collar. I can imagine with a thicker sock that it could be a *****.

Other than that it looks like a pretty solid shoe and it was a bit cheaper than the Lakes.
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The Answers are warm, and run large enough to wear hiking socks. They are not ventilated, so water won't splash in over the forefoot, but the neoprene cuff won't keep water out if it splashes in over the top. So, in a real downpour, you'll get soaked, of course, just like you'd expect. Better than mesh shoes in freezing weather, without a doubt.
Just had my first ride in these late this afternoon. Temps in the mid 20s. No wind. Pretty dry. Foggy. Wore a pair of Smartwool hiking socks and cinched them down snug. Width wise it was fine, but length wise there was still plenty of room in the toe box. I also positioned my cleats wrong last night :rolleyes: and will have to correct that before my next ride. Also, I think I'm gonna slip in a pair of SuperFeet insoles in hopes that they take up some more space.

Now being Filipinio....I'm not built for cold weather so my extremeties seem to always be cold no matter what I'm wearing on my feet or hands. I only rode for about an hour, but I'd say about 15 mins into my ride, my feet began to cool down. I think that they were just not use to the cold yet. Anyhoo on the second leg of my ride, the feet were fine. I think next time I'm also gonna use a pair of sock liners and see if that will help out my feet.

YMMV on these shoes.
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