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Winter Cycling Socks and Neoprene Overshoes: Keeping Your Feet Dry On Winter Cycle Rides

Even though the weather is turning grey and soggy and the nights are drawing in again,  it shouldn’t stop the riding.   The biggest problem isn’t so much the downpours, in my experience, since for some bizarre reason if there were just the rain my fee wouldn’t get wet.  Weird…I think it has something to do with spinning feet dry , and the incidence of rain drops on shoes is insignificant.  No, it’s the puddles that are particularly evil and cause the problems.  This time of year  you have all the challenges of keeping warm and keeping dry.  You need two things:  waterproof overshoes and shoe liners.

There are different overshoes: lycra is the thinnest and will just protect from road chips.  Neoprene and windtex on their own are a little thicker, but what you need is some sort of extra cover.  Manufacturers of waterproof overshoes tend to use two fabrics, such as neoprene and  Kevlar in the case of [amazon asin=B0030R3GW4&text=Endura’s Neoprene overshoes], to create a warm and dry cover.

Endura aren’t the only players though.  Castelli Diluvio, established in 1876, have a 3mm Neoprene layer and are arguably about the same in terms of quality.

Water being what water is, the chances are it’s going to find a way through the outer layer anyway, especially after the largest puddles, so you need something on the inside too.  For around £25 you ban pick up shoe liners from Sealskinz.  These are effectively an outer calf length sock which is made of Australian merino Sheep wool, which is becoming the new technical material…not bad for a sheep really (get back to your labs science boffs!). The wool has great wicking abilities to keep your feet dry from your own sweat, and it is also machine washable.

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