Thursday, January 18, 2007

The next few weeks I will start a few mini reviews on some of the pieces of kit that I use on a daily basis and think are worth telling you about. These reviews will be at random intervals so look back now an again to see if there are any new. The first review is the Shimano winter boot that I got at the start of the season.

Mini Review: Shimano SH-MW02 Mountain boot
The boot is a Gore-Tex lined leather upper with a Mountain Bike sole (also available in a road sole model SHR-W02) and neoprene ankle cuff to help keep out the elements that will be flung at you during the winter. When I first got these boots it was mid Oct and it was still quite mild so I thought my feet would cook but due to the Gore-Tex my feet were warm but they certainly did not get wet with sweat. I had only one issue with the boots when I got them was trying to get into my pedals but once I trimmed the sole slightly they went in and out fine 'n' dandy. Once into the real wet and windy weather I combine the boot with Planet-X Overshoes which helps with keeping out the wet, I use the boot with the Shimano road SPD pedal A520 on my Lemond Tourmalet commuter machine which is great for walking about when off the bike.
The boot does keep your feet dry up to a point but if it is chucking it down then eventually the wet will penetrate but what I have found that even if your feet get wet they stay warm throughout your run, (I wore them Sunday past in torrential rain with my feet staying warm for 70 miles) the other good thing about the boot is the use of full grain leather in the upper making keeping them clean and tidy using boot polish great with the side benefit of helping with waterproofing when using polish.

Till my next dribblings,

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