Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Review "snow racing shoes" shimano Mw80


what great shoes!!!
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ok so to back up here is a little history. i was in the market to buy my 2009 xc racing shoes for the year and came across these. i will have to get my xc shoes next month.
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my toes have been wet and frozen lately, due to the neoprene booties not holding back the moisture while riding thru slush and rain in my endurence summer shoes. so i see these waterpoof and insulated racing shoes. not boot, but actual shoes.
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i order them and tried them out today.
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first off the site says waterproof. on the shoe it says water resistant. on the tag it says goretex water proof. so it was going to be trial and error.
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rode on millcreek road in the snow for 1 1/2 hours, stepping off and not bothering to care if i was in snow or not. walked around, rode and basically paid no attention to being carefull.
the shoes started off a bit tight, but where in my size. take note i have a wide foot. as i rode through the course of the day, the shoes began to fit rather nicely. snug, but not pinching. i think further riding will produce a perfect fit.
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the waterproofing held up in very light snow use without booties. will have to give a another report when i get in more extreme weather.
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cold toes? well today was about 22 degrees in the snow and 40 degrees in the city(the rest of my ride today). shoes worked as described. toes felt the cold in the snow, but were not cold and felt dry when i took them off.
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wore them with neo booties and toes were at a good temp in 40 degrees around town and down the hills.
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these are not going to be good for temps below 20 degrees F. i wanted a racing style shoe i could wear in realative comfort in reasonable winter weather and thats what these are.
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if you need full on snow blizzard shoes you are after a lake style shoe in a large size and adding extra insulation or what i do is wear cabelas snow runners and cage pedals.
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these shimano shoes will give me the option to race warmer in bad weather. can you say frozen hog?
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good stiff racing shoe for the money and i like the tight but flexable cuff to keep weather out.
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these puppys will do well as a cold weather cx shoe as well, come next fall/winter. we will see.
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i give it the thumbs up.
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Riding my pugsley makes everybody smile....

four hour ride today of any undeterminal intensity. thats all.
some was fast, some hilly, some flat, some snow and some street.

started off by doing millcreek road just past the gate to the yurt and back down, with the dogs and me riding the pug in granny gears. that bike is like when i play my upright bass. it makes everybody smile. what fun!!
1 1/2 hours of that.

then switched bikes to the vassago, rode up millcreek to the gate really fast and then rode down foothill to the u of u, down to 7th, across to fort union, back up to the "U" on 9th, up to BST for a while, got off and rode across 13th to 45th, back along 13th to the avenues and to home on 23oo and up 33rd.

if you don't know salt lake city, basically did a bunch of long squares in the city and some hills.


that completed 4 four hours, 2000 calories and 160 Hr. yeah i know, not working to hard today, but what a nice day!!!




BST trail was good enough to ride with 35 psi tires. very hardpack and not too slippery.




what a day, sun shining, clear road(yuck hate the road)


most of the bike lanes where still covered, but traffic was minimal. perfect temp, around 40 degrees and no wind.




just checking for leaky snot, no all clear here, good job!!


heres mud in yer eye!
some snow melt was making the streets wet and the occasional puddle. oh yeah, wore the catlike today. ahh memories...well... of when that helmet was kool at least.
i know i look bundled up, but remember i wasn't working to hard today and i didn't have a plan other than four hours.
also new winter shoes!!! look above for review.