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Hey All,
nothing like a bunch of epic crackheads who dont slow down in the winter to help decide what is the best winter shoe out there. By best, I mean best for me:thumbsup:
That means it needs to be (in this order)
1. SPD compatable
2. warm
3. easy to get on and off
4. somewhat water resistant

Lets hear what you've experienced.
 

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What does "warm" mean?

Specialized Defrosters have been good to me, they are lightly insulated and water/windproof. Works great for the Pacific Northwest but it is usually 30-50F in the winter here.
 

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I run 15 year old diadora mtb shoes that I had laying around that have room for two pairs of smart wool socks with one of the self-heating adhesive foot warmers layered between them and pearl izumi shoe covers. Works down to -15 F just fine.

I like this method because it's easy to adjust the layers to get whatever you need.
 

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2silent said:
I run 15 year old diadora mtb shoes that I had laying around that have room for two pairs of smart wool socks with one of the self-heating adhesive foot warmers layered between them and pearl izumi shoe covers. Works down to -15 F just fine.

I like this method because it's easy to adjust the layers to get whatever you need.
I always size my mtb shoes tight in thin socks so i'm out of luck with the 2 older shoes I own.

To the others that love the Lakes, how are they to get on and off? I commute to work every day and I want something that is faster to use than booties...
 

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To the others that love the Lakes, how are they to get on and off? I commute to work every day and I want something that is faster to use than booties...
Definitely faster than booties- the boa laces are about as quick as it gets. FWIW, I wore mine today in 20 degrees and 35mph winds riding on snow with plenty of hike-a-bike. Ski socks underneath and my feet were warm and dry the entire ride. :thumbsup:
 

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I've had Answer Kashmirs for a few years now, once I've finally killed them I want the Lakes.

Just remember to allow plenty of room for double socks if you buy online.
 

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i've got the pearl izumi barrier gtx and they've been great. couple hours in snow at 20F and no problems, kept me warm and dry in 35F rain this fall too. zipper + shock cord thing is pretty quick on and off. fit like typical PI shoes, a little narrow, and a little short, which isn't a huge problem for my relatively narrow feet, but wish they were a bit longer, regularly wear a 47 and the 48 pearls with heavy socks is about perfect. once i wear these out i'll certainly look into the lakes, but last fall when i needed some winter shoes, the lakes were already out of stock in anything close to my size.
 

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Thread Revival! Any changes 3 years later? I'm looking for something that is good to 0F and below. I have some Louis Garneau "winter" boots but they just don't cut it below around 20F. Cold white toes after an hour.

The 45 North look like a nice option but $$$
 

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I have the Shamano MX81 and they are great. Lined with gortex and warm. I sized up one size to allow for a thicker sock and they are very comfortable. The new Lakes are probably the nicest/warmest but also very expensive. I bought my Shimanos at Chain Reaction cycle on sale for $170.
 

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North Wave Farenheit. Been down to 11 deg F. Walking some of the hills in snow. Spent 3 hours. Water bottle was soilid in no time. SPD pedals froze solid and had to use a multi tool allen as an icepick to freeup enough to clip in. (Run Time pedals now because of this). Broke through some ice on a puddle and rear caliper froze solid instantly. Rode about 100yds pressing the lever before they heated up enough to melt the ice in the caliper. All the while my feet stayed comfortable.
 

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North Wave Farenheit. Been down to 11 deg F. Walking some of the hills in snow. Spent 3 hours. Water bottle was soilid in no time. SPD pedals froze solid and had to use a multi tool allen as an icepick to freeup enough to clip in. (Run Time pedals now because of this). Broke through some ice on a puddle and rear caliper froze solid instantly. Rode about 100yds pressing the lever before they heated up enough to melt the ice in the caliper. All the while my feet stayed comfortable.
Sounds like a winner to me. I have shimano mw81 and I haven't been out in 11 degrees because I don't think my shoes will hold up to those temps. I'll report back after friday.
 

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North Wave Farenheit.
Do you mean the NW Celsius? The Fahrenheit is the road shoe.

I got my girlfriend a pair of the NW Celsius shoes (not the Arctic version) for Christmas but she hasn't used them yet, although the quality and features are nice.

I just got a pair of the Diadora Polaris shoes the other day and also haven't used them yet. We will probably go riding this weekend (temps supposed to be in low 20's F) and I will post a ride report then.
 

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Shimano SH-MW81's have been a shop favorite for a couple of years. They're great down to about 25deg F. Lower temps? Go for the Lake MX 302's. :cool:
 

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Just curious about the Lakes. They got less than stellar reviews here on MTBR. Granted reviews are a little older. Have they improved?
 

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North Wave Farenheit. Been down to 11 deg F. Walking some of the hills in snow. Spent 3 hours. Water bottle was soilid in no time. SPD pedals froze solid and had to use a multi tool allen as an icepick to freeup enough to clip in. (Run Time pedals now because of this). Broke through some ice on a puddle and rear caliper froze solid instantly. Rode about 100yds pressing the lever before they heated up enough to melt the ice in the caliper. All the while my feet stayed comfortable.
They have the Celsius and also the Celsius Arctic. The Arctic is rated to -31F and the other one doesn't mention a rating. Do you know which one you have? -31F seems pretty good right now.
 
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