Heavy, wet cycling shoes
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 8, 2012 2:41 AM Last Post By: MisterFrogFish
Oct 4, 2012 4:36 AM
Heavy, wet cycling shoesHello All,
I have finally moved across to clipless pedals and I was very surprised how heavy most of the clipless shoes were (size 12 / 46). My Merrel hiking boots are lighter than most of them. I ended up getting a pair of Specialized Tahoes. Mainly because that was what was available in my size.
I have been using them for mountain biking but was hoping to do a road tour with them. The only problem is that when they get wet they weigh a ton and worst of all, they take days to dry.
Can anyone recommend a pair of do-it-all clipless shoes? Touring, mountain biking, light & quick drying?
Oct 4, 2012 8:07 AM
Oct 4, 2012 12:32 PM
2Northwave do a range of what they call bike/hike shoes, some are goretex lined so should shed water quite well. In my experience Northwave have very wide fittings, while Shimano are narrow.
Clipless shows are always likely to be quite heavy because of the need for very stiff and strongly built soles.
Oct 4, 2012 5:05 PM
3There are some mesh shoes out there that should be lighter and dry more quickly, but after having a pair from Shimano years ago I found that they didn't last very long. I wear Sidi Dominators now. They are heavy, but they last forever (my last pair lasted nearly 6 years of serious abuse) and feel as comfortable as my non-riding shoes.
Oct 5, 2012 5:33 AM
4To follow up on PhilipD's post...
I've got a pair of Goretex bike/hike boots - Shimano something-or-other. The problem with them on tour is that water runs down your legs and into the boots which doesn't drain away because they're waterproof. They make your feet wetter than anything else you could ride in and are nightmarish to dry out. They also smell terrible once this has happened.
I've experimented with using gaiters and waterproof trousers to deflect the water away from the tops of the boots, but it's not entirely effective.
These days I use them for winter mountainbiking. They keep the wet out for long enough for a spin on my mountain bike, and I can dry them properly when I get home. I no longer take them on tour.
Oct 8, 2012 2:29 AM
5Thanks for the replies.
When I wrote this I had a pair very wet shoes. They took 3 days to dry (England, inside the house). This is useless for any tour. So I will stick to my running shoes and use the clipless for summer only.
I can't believe how heavy and badly designed most of the clipless shoes are. I used to have some Sidi race shoes (toe clip style) that weighed negative kg.
Oct 8, 2012 2:41 AM
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