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Old 12-20-2012, 09:10 AM   #1
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Cold weather riding...my feet were numb!!

The last week or so has been particularly cold for the Bay Area (Ca). The rides to work have been in the low 40's and the rides home have been in the high 30's...BRRR!!!!

My electric liner, heated gloves and heated grips keep my upper torso, hands and arms warm, but damnit my feet are freezing

Is there a good way to help keep my feet warmer without having to go the route of heated pants and heated socks?
My main ride is a newer Multistrada, so I should have enough (electric) capacity to handle adding pants and socks if I have to go that route.

What do you guys and gals in the colder climates wear to keep your feet warm?
Fwiw, I wear TCX boots that have a gore tex liner.

Cheers...
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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Do you wear cotton socks? If so, stop wearing them. Wear wool socks instead.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:04 AM   #3
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+1 to wool.

then these
http://www.dryguy.net/BootGlove.html

http://www.rei.com/product/679011/bootglove
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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Chemical warmers. Get the toe warmers and stick them on top of your toes. They are intended to be placed on the bottom but it interferes with the fit. Typically there is room at the top.

When done with the ride place the warmers in airtight ziplock bags. Use high quailty freezer bags and suck out the air as you are closing them. Air is what makes them work. When the air is removed they stop working till the next time you open them up.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:53 AM   #5
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I use one pair regular socks, one thick wool, and my A* waterproof boots. Good down into the teens for short trips if 20 min or so.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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Also look into Smartwool socks as well.

My Gortex military boots with the Smartwool socks have kept my feet warm into the high 20s.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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Also look into Smartwool socks as well.

My Gortex military boots with the Smartwool socks have kept my feet warm into the high 20s.
+1 on the military way!
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:09 PM   #8
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Smart wool socks with neoprene socks over them. I rarely, if ever, need this in the southwest but I am ready when the big cold or trip to the east hits.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:43 PM   #9
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Chemical warmers. Get the toe warmers and stick them on top of your toes. They are intended to be placed on the bottom but it interferes with the fit. Typically there is room at the top.

When done with the ride place the warmers in airtight ziplock bags. Use high quailty freezer bags and suck out the air as you are closing them. Air is what makes them work. When the air is removed they stop working till the next time you open them up.
+1 - Works for me in the PNW
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:49 PM   #10
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Also look into Smartwool socks as well.

My Gortex military boots with the Smartwool socks have kept my feet warm into the high 20s.

Definitely!!!! I have been since 1996 and those are hands down the best boots they have ever issued me.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:04 PM   #11
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Smartwool liner socks and varying weights of smartwool socks keep my feet warm into the 30's on extended rides.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:11 PM   #12
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I have some neoprene shoe covers for bicycle riding,I have pulled these on over my riding boots in extreme cold.
They block the wind from getting to the boot nicely. They only cover the front of the boot but I was happy I had them on riding from Chico to San Jose last january. Wool socks also,if you get too thick a sock then the blood flow to the foot isnt so good,then feet get even colder.

An electric vest warms the core,keeping more blood warmer to the extremities,it works.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:43 PM   #13
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Just having heated socks makes a HUGE difference. You don't have to get pants, too.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:07 PM   #14
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Warm n safe heated socks and thin wool socks, good to below 0.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:21 PM   #15
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Warm n safe heated socks and thin wool socks, good to below 0.
THIS is what I should've asked Santa for, W&S heated socks.
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