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Overshoes vs winter boots: which option is best for winter riding?

Overshoes vs winter boots: which option is best for winter riding?

If you do any cold-weather riding the pain of cold fingers and toes are well known. While on a bike these poor extremities are greatly…

Tuesday, Jan 12

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If you do any cold-weather riding the pain of cold fingers and toes are well known. While on a bike these poor extremities are greatly exposed to the elements and even if the rest of your body is toasty warm, cold digits can be painfully uncomfortable.

While the cold can be staved away from the hands by doubling up on gloves it isn’t as easy with feet, the fit of a cycling shoe is also very important and probably won’t accommodate the extra space needed for a cosy pair of socks. Toes get it particularly bad, not only are they at the receiving end of wind chill but are right in the firing line from road spray and puddles, soaking through and amplifying the chilling effect. Warming them back up is also a challenge, doubling down on the importance of keeping feet warm throughout a ride.

The two go-to options for riding in cold weather are either winter cycling shoes or a cycling overshoe , both have advantages but which is the best choice for you? Overshoes

Overshoes are usually made from a waterproof or neoprene (the material used in wetsuits) and are a cover that fits over your summer best cycling shoe . They come in various thicknesses providing different levels of insulation and sometimes feature zips to assist fitting. The two main advantages of choosing an overshoe are you can use your current shoe and they are much cheaper than purchasing a winter-specific boot. Winter boots feature much thicker […]

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