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Neoprene enrobed for winter warmth but with a rigid roadie's sole...

Canadian clothing specialists Louis Garneau whose kit is sold in the UK though Evans' stores and website have worryingly sent some proper arctic winter road cycling boots. We hope it's not a clue of the weather coming but if it is we'll be prepared.

The new Glacier boots look like the real deal for road cyclists; unlike similar items for mountain bikers which tend to have chunky mud-plugging soles, these have a proper rigid fibreglass-reinforced sole for surface-mounted cleats in all the popular variants including Speedplay. A moulded pattern should help with aligning and synchronising cleat attachment. There's also a vestigial rubbery heel which should prevent the worst of embarrassing moments when crossing welcome winter coffee-and-cake-stop thresholds.

The shoe itself has layers of Thinsulate insulation and certainly none of the sort of ventilating mesh that usually features on a summer-weight road shoe. There's even an aluminium heat-reflective layer laminated into the sole. The big difference, though, is that a thin neoprene zipped, Velcroed and seam-sealed gaiter with a seemingly tough and smooth surface is attached to the upper which renders completely waterproof the gap between ankle and the top of the shoe which is first tied with lovely old-fashioned laces.

The whole snug effect is therefore no more bulky than a road shoe with the heaviest of neoprene overshoes over the top but hopefully a lot more durable on account of the exposed sole, tough rubber toe outer and side fender patches. We'll see because we'll be wearing them this weekend. Stand by for a review. Price is £114.99. 

Details: evanscycles.com

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pups110 [80 posts] 4 years ago
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Does anyone know if they size up on the small or large side??

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 4 years ago
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Just about bang-on according to the man sitting opposite me. He's a 47 and that's exactly the size he has on  1

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pepita1 [176 posts] 4 years ago
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What were they like??? Did they keep your feet warm and dry?

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dave atkinson [6251 posts] 4 years ago
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just been out for a metric century in them. feet stayed warm, but nothing short of a full drysuit would have kept them dry  39

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pepita1 [176 posts] 4 years ago
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My main concern is warmth so it sounds like even though your feet got wet they stayed warm.

Evans Cycles, for some reason, is not stocking any sizes below 38 so I'm out of luck unless I order from Canada or USA.  2