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Old 11-24-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Which would be better and what is the difference between Toe covers and Shoe covers?



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Old 11-24-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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Better is relative to your needs. Toe covers are for cold, but not severe temperature. They allow some foot ventilation which is good for moisture control, they can be put on & removed easily, and are compatible with a variety of cleats. Shoe covers are better at insulating the entire foot (and some styles ankle too). There are different types of shoe cover, some improve aerodynamics without providing effective thermal barriers. Belgian socks provide a small amount of insulation for foot and ankle without complete sealing. Other types of shoe covers are effective for both thermal and moisture protection. For cold, rain, or snow, neoprene is a material commonly used. The downside to neoprene and wind-stopper materials is moisture retention. While good for the short term, heat and moisture build up in the shoe can be detrimental.

I don't see extremely cold temperatures, so toe covers are used often, for low temps I use an extra sock with the toe & heel cut out (center retained as stirrup) just for ankle insulation, for very low temps, toe cover + light shoe cover+ ankle cover. For my environment modularity is important, so I can adjust for external and internal temperature changes. I can see an advantage to heavy shoe covers (booties) in extreme environments.



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Old 11-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #3
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Thank you... Extremely helpful information. Today I was riding with a wind chill in the low 30's.

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
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For temps in the 30s I usually wear slightly thicker socks and put electrical tape over the vents on the bottom of the shoes. Colder than that and I start thinking about shoe covers.

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Old 11-29-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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I have a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. WXB shoe covers and love them. they'll fit over mountain or road shoes and are the bee's knees when it comes to warmth.

This brings another caveat as previously mentioned, they will retain warmth and moisture so I've found myself wearing them in the morning and then taking them off for the ride home in the afternoon if it warms up.

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This year, I finally purchased a pair of Specialized neoprene booties.
My feet do not get cold. However, they do retain moisture. I remove them and let the shoes dry well.
I love'em.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:21 PM   #7
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I have a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. WXB shoe covers and love them. they'll fit over mountain or road shoes and are the bee's knees when it comes to warmth.

This brings another caveat as previously mentioned, they will retain warmth and moisture so I've found myself wearing them in the morning and then taking them off for the ride home in the afternoon if it warms up.

I just got a pair of these Saturday and used them for the first time Tuesday. Didn't notice the moisture issue since it was only in the 30's for the whole ride. But they did keep my feet warm, which is what matters the most to me!
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:26 PM   #8
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good idea, . Extremely helpful information. Today I was riding with a wind chill in the low 30's

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Old 12-08-2012, 01:09 PM   #9
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Good input here. I've been looking into a way to keep my toes warm on low 30's rides. Good points about covers retaining moisture. I need something that will retain a little bit of warmth yet won't retain moisture.



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