Wednesday, October 27, 2010


It snowed this morning and I'm very excited for winter and winter rides on the Pugsley through the frozen northern part of Minnesota. Over the years my feet have become more and more sensitive to cold and I have a difficult time keeping them warm in sub-zero weather.

I have considered purchasing a pair of Lake winter riding boots, but at $250 dollars I am wondering if they will be enough boot to keep my feet warm and snug. My other thought is why not get myself a boot that will be guaranteed to keep my feet warm and is actually cheaper than the lakes. I came across these in my search, but I'm wondering if it's overkill.
Sorel Intrepid Explorer rated to -100 F

I guess there are no guarantees when it comes to warmth, but these sure look like they would do the trick.


Doug said...

Overkill. I have the Lake boots but they only keep my feet warm down to zero degrees. Below that I use a pair of Northface Lifty's that I bought at a clearance price. I bought them two sizes bigger than what I normally wear. It's the air space in the boot combined with the insulated boot that keeps your feet warm. You don't have to spend a lot of money. In fact, you could spend $300 on a boot rated to -125F and if it doesn't fit, it wou't keep you warm at 32F degrees, let alone at -20F.

Vito said...

Yup...Done all that. I have a pair of North Face winter boots that are about a size larger than my normal. They are good boots, but with Gore-Tex, I'm discovering that my feet sweat more than with regular ones and thus get colder.

I really would like a pair of Lakes for this time of year and my just purchase them. Use the boots I have but with a different sock system.

I just want to make sure that if I'm out and it's -20 or -30 that I can keep my feet fairly warm.

Doug said...

Check out this price on some Lake Boots.

Joboo said...

Doug, that link got me earlier this month!! Every last shoe is out of stock. Awesome price for sure, but I think it may be over a year or so old and out dated.
In my search for this shoe/boot I found the best availability from FreeWheel bike shop in the cities.
I've always ridden with my Rocky's 1,000 and 1,600 grams of thinsulate respectfully. Never have had cold feet with these boots, well worth the $$$ I paid.
I worked hard enough this past summer to justify buying a pair of Lakes.

Vito said...

I've got some North Face boots that should get me through the coldest stuff I expect to ride in. The only thing about them is the Gore-Tex. My feet seem to sweat much more in Gore-Tex than regular shoes or boots. Therefore they seem to get colder.

Anyway, I am seriously considering the Lake boots. At least they would allow me to ride with my clipless pedals rather than platforms.

How do the Lakes run size wise. I wear a 10 1/2 regular size. I would think 1 size larger would be good, but I'm not sure.

Doug said...

I have size 9 feet. That roughly translates to a size 43. My Lakes I bought are a size 44. I have a small amount of wiggle room in the toe box. Next time I'll most likely go to a size 45. I read Mike Curiak wears Lake Boots that are 5 sizes bigger.