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           This is my first winter as a road cyclist and i need advice on best way to keep my toes dry and warm. I do have a pair of Endura Dextor overshoes which have been ok for light rain and in tempertures down to 4 degrees however my toes do get cold after about an hour of riding. Should or can i wear toe covers over the overshoe or is it best to look for a better overshoe and if so what are your recommendations. Nothing to expensive though please! Thank you in advance.

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longassballs [158 posts] 3 days ago
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I think usually the neoprene type overshoes are warmer than the soft-shell ones, cheaper too. Each will only last a full winter anyway. Longer if you cycle less. They're a disposible item, unfortunately. Left foot always gets destroyed underneath putting foot down at lights! Never tried toe covers. Maybe they would be okay over the top but they're more intended for early winter just over the shoe.

Had a good time with BBB and Galibier. Maybe dhb would be okay. Wouldn't pay more than £20 now. I usually get my winter stuff in the spring sales and vice versa. Overshoes usually half price.

Also think a decent pair of wool socks is half the battle

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Welsh boy [725 posts] 2 days ago
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I suffer with cold hands and fet and use Hothands Foot warmers under my toes when it gets very cold (less than 75p per ride).  Under a thin overshoe just to keet the wind/rain off and cold toes are a thing of the past.  Rumour has it that if you put them in a plastic bag and suck out all of the air when you have finished with them (assuming that they still have some life left in them) then you can reuse them.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hot-Hands-Hand-Warmers-Foot-Warmers-Heat-Feet...

or

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LITTLE-HOTTIES-Foot-Warmers-Hand-Foot-Toe-war...

 

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ktache [2320 posts] 2 days ago
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Indeed Welsh boy, I had a train/off road commute and when very cold, and I'd already done the thermal insoles and good merino socks, the Hot Hands foot warmers are wonderful, my feet don't stay as warm as my hands with good gloves on.

Cold train platforms suck the heat from the feet, train delays make it much worse.

It was a bit ridiculous to use 2 bags worth in a day and I found that if I wore some in the morning and when I got to work I would double bag them in zip loc bags and put them on in the evening and they would warm up and get me home with warm toes.

Oddly, I find  they keep all of my toes  warmer if I have the flat end forward.

I noticed Decathlon do 15 packs for £10, and they advise putting them on the top of the foot/sock.

I tried to use foil under the insoles but it destroyed itself after one ride, I must try foiled mylar from a huge crisp packet at some point.

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longassballs [158 posts] 2 days ago
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ktache wrote:

I tried to use foil under the insoles but it destroyed itself after one ride, I must try foiled mylar from a huge crisp packet at some point.

There's a very lucky lady out there somewhere... "mmmmmmm smokey bacon!"

I just had a look at prices and I'd have to up my limit to £25 if I was buying now

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arckuk [113 posts] 2 days ago
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I've tried a number of options, as get I cold hands and feet very easily. dhb toe covers from wiggle are as good as any of the others, and last just as long. Their neoprene overshoes are also very good, and I've even worn both together (toe covers first, overshoes fit over the top) for extra warmth.  Oh and dhb merino winter socks, too, which I find as warm as woolie boolies, but not too thick. Toasty! They're reduced quite nicely (30 or 40% off their normal, reasonable prices) at the moment.

If only it was as easy to skeep my hands warm!

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RafatheRed [32 posts] 2 days ago
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Thanks all, I have bought DHB toecaps as they are in a sale on Chain Reaction and will look into buying neoprene type overshoes, thinking DHB again. That should do the trick. I already use wool socks so all good there.

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Nick T [1355 posts] 2 days ago
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TheBillder [70 posts] 2 days ago
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If going for the DHB neoprene overshoes, note that there are at least 2 kinds. I have the Extreme Weather ones, which have a TPU coating over the neoprene. These are waterproof on top (though some will get through at the ankle cuffs and from below). I have found them hard wearing and excellently warm.

The other kind are Neoprene Nylon and are cheaper, but are just neoprene and not nearly as good. If the heavens open, you get damp and wet. I bought these for my son (sorry lad) and he still gets cold feet.

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alexb [213 posts] 1 day ago
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I like the Endura MTB overshoes.

I commute in mountain bike shoes and every other type of overshoe I used just wore out at the toe.

The Endura has an extra rubber toe section that works really well.

If I could improve it, I'd go for a model that has a moulded sole at the rear, but it turns out that Endura have thought of this!

The Endura MT500 Plus looks like th eperfect overshoe.

Tredz have them in for £25 at the moment:

https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Endura-MT500-Plus-Overshoes_113311.htm?sku=4235...

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kil0ran [1760 posts] 1 day ago
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Just make sure you've got enough room inside the shoe - winter socks are thicker and the lack of space can cause numb feet from poor circulation.

Overshoes and oversocks are the most cost-effective solution but I find them a huge amount of faff. Currently trying some Sealskinz winter socks, which also claim to be waterproof.

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Welsh boy [725 posts] 1 day ago
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kil0ran wrote:

Just make sure you've got enough room inside the shoe - winter socks are thicker and the lack of space can cause numb feet from poor circulation.

Really? Then why do rugby players wear compression kit to keep warm and if your heart can't pump blood past the pressure of a pair of slightly thicker socks then I think you have serious circulation/cardiovascular problems.