5 Boots Made for Rid­ing

And that’s just what they’ll do, no mat­ter the win­ter con­di­tions

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And that’s just what they’ll do, no mat­ter the win­ter con­di­tions

These cold-weather boots are all made for clip­ping spd cleats into your ped­als and rip­ping in the win­ter. Shi­mano XM9 $350 ( shi­mano-lifestylegear.com)

Sport­ing a hik­ing boot look, the XM9 shoes have lugs for good grip. If you find your­self in a hike-a-bike sit­u­a­tion, these boots will sup­port your an­kles well as you head to ride­able sur­faces. On the bike, their stiff­ness rating of three out of 12 on Shi­mano’s scale means you do have some cy­cling-spe­cific stiff­ness in the sole for good power trans­fer. Nubuck leather adds tough­ness and dura­bil­ity, while the Gore-tex mem­brane keeps wa­ter out and lets mois­ture move away from your socks. These are your bikepack­ing bud­dies.

Mavic Cross­max SL Pro Thermo $300 ( mavic.ca)

If you face slush, the Mavic Cross­max SL Pro Thermo shoes are the boots to slip on your feet. The outer fab­ric does an ex­cel­lent job of block­ing wa­ter. Should some wet­ness creep in, there’s Gore-tex to move mois­ture out. At the an­kles, neo­prene will ac­tu­ally hold wa­ter while keep­ing you warm. The dial-based lac­ing sys­tem is by Ergo. It works well by ratch­et­ing up the tight­ness when you turn it in one di­rec­tion, and loosens com­pletely when you twist the other way.

Bon­trager OMW $300 ( bon­trager.com)

Omg, the omw shoes are fea­ture-rich. The boots, made by Bon­trager to keep Old Man Win­ter in check, have solid Vi­bram soles for when you need to put your feet down on the trail. The toe box is roomy so your toot­sies won’t feel crowded when you’re sport­ing thick wool socks. At the back of each boot, there’s a hook-and-loop strap per­fect for at­tach­ing an Ember rear light for ex­tra vis­i­bil­ity. Après-ride, you can re­move the fleece-lined booties to dry things out or to wear as slip­pers.

Garneau Klondike $325 ( garneau.com)

Garneau, a St-au­gustin-de-des­mau­res, Que.-based com­pany, knows a thing or two about win­ter. If you have toes that are per­pet­u­ally cold, the Klondike shoes, with Thin­su­late in­su­la­tion and padded in­soles, will keep your ex­trem­i­ties warm. The last was de­signed to ac­com­mo­date thick socks should you need more in­su­la­tion. The Boa di­als snug things up well, but once you set them, they’re cov­ered to keep out the cold. For deep snow, the shoes have loops at their throats for hook­ing in gaiters. The shoes def­i­nitely pair well with a fat bike.

Spe­cial­ized De­froster Trail $280 ( spe­cial­ized.com)

The out­board sides of the Spe­cial­ized Def ros­ter trail shoes have large re­flec­tive sur­faces to bounce the light of pass­ing ve­hi­cles. The hook-and-loop clo­sures at the an­kles are mas­sive seal­ing your feet in and keep­ing win­ter out. The shoes have a rating of six on Spe­cial­ized’s stiff­ness in­dex. (The com­pany’s S-works 6 ltd road shoes are 13 on that scale.) Whether you ride these boots on your win­ter ’cross or moun­tain bike, you’ll churn out some re­spectable power. More im­por­tant, you’ll have fun out­side.— MP

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