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Old 01-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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toes freeze

what do you use to keep your toes from freezing.
my vest keeps my core warm, heated grips for my hands, and lining in my pants for my legs.
i have oxtar boots but after about 30 minutes my toes really get cold.

what boots do you use?
should i go with some rain coverings for the boots
or create some kind of wind deflector from the crash bars to the skid plate.

i have ruled out electric insoles and electric/battery sox.

thanks
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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I picked up some neoprene toe protectors for just this task . . . . . sadly, I've no idea from where . . .

here's one source:

http://www.amazon.com/Gator-Tip-Toes.../dp/B00341N6CG

made a big difference for me!
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:26 PM   #3
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Chemical warmers, on top of the toes.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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thanks!!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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I know you ruled them out but they really are worth using.

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:59 PM   #6
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Toe warmers

Great solution. Used to use these ice racing...brilliant.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #7
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thanks again for all the suggestions.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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My boots are cheap 100$ MX Boots. They are not good in the cold, nor rain.

I wear decent wool socks, if I find my feet cold, I put rain protectors over my boots, to add another layer against the cold wind.

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Old 01-07-2013, 03:38 PM   #9
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Why rule out electric socks? Warm n Safe electric socks are awesome! And with the Forum discount, they're only something like 60 bucks.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:51 PM   #10
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i rule them out because i am lazy.
my commute is about 1 hour and when it gets below 35degF my toes freeze.
i was thinking that rain covers would work, i am going to drop by a bike shop and see about those
rubber toe thingies.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:22 PM   #11
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I had the Gerbing insoles and switched to their Socks. Much better!!!!! It's the only way to keep my tooties warm!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:57 PM   #12
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Smart wool socks with neoprene socks over them followed by boots with gortex. I don't really need anything past the smart wool socks anymore in the southwest.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:13 PM   #13
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I know you ruled them out but they really are worth using.

These are the NUTS!. Got a pair of W&S socks also but these insoles work the best for me. Leave the insoles in your riding boots and the harness in your riding pants, takes 1 second to plug each insole in as you put on the boots and another 2 seconds the plug into the pigtail on the bike. I find the socks have hot spots and are a bit too bulky. My only regret is not buying a lifetime supply when Sportmans Guide was blowing them out for $12 a few years ago.


I tried the toe warmer things a couple times but found as soon as the heating effect wore off the iron contents got cold and made my toes even colder.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:37 AM   #14
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Why rule out the heated socks? You say you rule these out cause you are lazy???? WTF? I surmise that it will take more time, effort (nee aggravation) to put on regular socks, neoprene covers, boots, rain covers, etc, etc than it does to put on regular socks, heated/electric socks and then plug them in. If you go with the heated insoles then its really no extra effort other than plugging in two wires. Just a observation.

It is quite the chore to plug in a couple wires, but I do seriously digress.

I too tried nearly every conceivable method to keep my feet from freezing on my morning commutes. Before I went to the heated gear side (full jacket liner, pants liner and socks) the only thing I found that was even close was to add a pair of heavy 100% wool socks over my normal socks. This was usually only good for 30-45 minutes and then only if the temps were no colder than 35F. I have ridden in temps in the 20F with the heated socks and my feet were toasty warm and even too warm at times.

Rain covers, rubber boots, neoprene covers, etc are just that --- Covers. Ever sleep in a tent in the freezing cold? You are doing basically the same thing by putting covers over your boots as in sleeping in a tent with no sleeping bag in the freezing cold. Rip stop nylon is not known to be the best insulator. True these over-items may knock off some of the wind chill but cold is cold.

Stand in your yard with no wind while wearing the rain covers, I bet your feet will eventually become freezing too. You gotta add insulation or heat.

Using the chemical warmers such as Toasty-Toes or the like may become expensive in the long run.

It is your dime, but don't rule out the heated socks. I too "ruled out" heated gear prior to actually trying it. The couple minutes it takes to don all the stuff is well worth the effort, to me, to stay comfortable on my morning commutes.

YMMV drastically! .
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:05 AM   #15
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i rule them out because i am lazy.
my commute is about 1 hour and when it gets below 35degF my toes freeze.
i was thinking that rain covers would work, i am going to drop by a bike shop and see about those
rubber toe thingies.
Wouldn't putting heated socks on when you gear up at home be quicker and easier than putting the rain covers on? I find them onerous to install/remove when geared up.
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