Keeping feet dry?

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Keeping feet dry?

Postby tippy » 31 Jul 2012, 7:55pm

So in just over two weeks I head off to JOG. Everything is pretty much sorted, but one thing that is bothering me - I hate wet feet.
I intend to take only one pair of shoes, I won't be clipping in so I'll be taking some Salomon GoreTex lined shoes. Now these are great....until it rains when the water runs straight down my legs into the shoes making nice swimming pools for the remainder of the ride. How have others dealt with this? Getting them dry afterwards is a none starter, they take days to dry out.
Apart from wrapping feet in plastic bags what tips do others have to tackle this common problem?

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby Vantage » 31 Jul 2012, 8:31pm

I also came up with the novel idea of wearing plastic bags over my feet to keep them dry in rain. It worked sort off. The rain was kept out but my feet were soaked in sweat that could not escape so bad idea I'm afraid.
One option is Gore-tex socks.
Another is water proofing agent although it's effect can vary considerably according to the fabric it's used on. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikwax-Tx-Direc ... d_sim_sg_2
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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby eileithyia » 31 Jul 2012, 9:59pm

problem is, I think whatever you do, water will run down your legs soak in that way.

take a pair of easily carried lightweight sandals for evening wear, buy a newspaper on days it is wet and stuff shoes with pages of this, change pages during the evening and certainly before going to bed, shoes may not be fully dry next morning but certainly far more comfy than putting sodden shoes back on.

Alternative wear shoes over the evening and to the pub(?) they usually dry a certain amount by themselves over the evening.
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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby Edwards » 31 Jul 2012, 10:03pm

Use walking Gaiters that fit to the boot and go under over trousers. You can get gaiters that are breathable.
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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby Mike777 » 1 Aug 2012, 8:05am

Hi

I had same issue on my May 2012 JOGLE trip.

I took one pair of Karmoor mid boots/shoes and wanted to keep them dry. Most cycling overshoes would not fit so I ended up getting these type of things (not the exact ones)...(for motorbikes)

Very light and only had to use them a couple of time and they worked well

http://www.brandedbiker.co.uk/Weise-Mot ... -Boots-703

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby Si » 1 Aug 2012, 11:22am

IrishBill76 wrote:I also came up with the novel idea of wearing plastic bags over my feet to keep them dry in rain. It worked sort off. The rain was kept out but my feet were soaked in sweat that could not escape so bad idea I'm afraid.
One option is Gore-tex socks.
Another is water proofing agent although it's effect can vary considerably according to the fabric it's used on. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikwax-Tx-Direc ... d_sim_sg_2


Not that novel - I've been doing it for years :D

However, I use two pairs of thin socks with the plastic bag between them. I also make holes in the bottom of the plastic bag. This is my winter bad weather MTBing solution (or at least it was until I got goretex socks) so I don't know how sweaty it'd get in the summer.

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby CharlieS » 1 Aug 2012, 12:35pm

Apparently if you stuff your shoes with disposable nappies @ the end of the day's riding they dry out quite well overnight. I am told this is a 'mountain biker' tip/trick. :roll:

However I only learnt that trick after my JOGLE during which I used overshoes and then used insulating tape to seal them to my calfs. OK so I did have a hairless band when I removed it but at least I had almost dry feet :o Almost dry as we had such torrential rain cars pulled over while the storm raged and you do get some ingress though the seams and up through the SPD clip holes. I am sure the same would work for waterproof socks

I have read that others simple ride in sandals to avoid this being an issue however sandals are a personal hate but as said that is personal.:wink:

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby Russcoles » 1 Aug 2012, 9:10pm

Alternatively, only ride on sunny days. This gives the added bonus of several weeks rest between each days ride :D

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby vorsprung » 3 Aug 2012, 4:57pm

Goretex MTB shoes + really good overshoes like BBB Waterflex will keep the water out from the down direction.
The only way to keep it from running down the leg and filling up the shoes is to have water proof trousers which are wider than the shoe and have them over the top
Of course the trouble is that trousers like this are too warm
For shorter rides ( say 2 or 3 days ) letting your shoes get wet on day 1 and then hoping it doesn't rain so much and wearing water proof socks on the latter days works. Dunno what would be appropriate for Lejog though

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby tippy » 4 Aug 2012, 5:46pm

Thanks for all the tips. I think some kind of overshoe / gater + waterproof socks could be a reasonable combination. I don't really want to take the waterproof trousers I'm trying to keep the pannier weight down and struggling with that at the moment. Can someone point me at a good model/pair of the socks? I looked online but its not so clear as to the right length/type.

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby Audax67 » 4 Aug 2012, 6:07pm

Don't try. Get sandals that take SPD cleats. The water runs in, then out again.
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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby thirdcrank » 4 Aug 2012, 7:14pm

I think Audax67 has the right idea. If you are riding in what passes for Summer, there's more to be gained by having footwear that drains well rather than trying to keep the rain out. Apart from anything else, i don't think there's anything made to be sufficiently breathable to avoid condensation in warm, wet weather. Wet socks can be a pain so not wearing them on wet days is worth trying. I think having at least one well-protected pair of dry socks in reserve is good if the rain eventually stops because they make your feet feel nice and dry.

(I speak as somebody who goes to all sorts of lengths to keep dry feet in winter.)

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby Audax67 » 5 Aug 2012, 11:04am

That said, I sold mine. Shimano's sandal sizes go up in twos: their 42 had my toes sticking out so I bought the 44, but the sole had the contours in the wrong places for a size 43 foot and hurt after 80+k. Dunno why they did that, their shoe sizes go up one at a time. Eejits.
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There is a solution...

Postby Gearoidmuar » 3 Sep 2012, 7:45am

I sent this as a letter to the CTC magazine (now Cycle) some years ago and they published it.

It works.

I got the idea from looking at a drysuit in a diving shop.

1. Get Goretex, sealskins socks.
2. Get a cheap pair of medium Marigold kitchen gloves. Cut off fingers and thumb. Then pull this up over your foot and lower leg.
Put socks on. Pull glovecuff down over top of sock. This will keep out almost everything. If you like you can put vaseline on your leg beforehand to improve the seal. I've tried it a few times and it works.

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Re: Keeping feet dry?

Postby margyparker » 3 Sep 2012, 7:53pm

Poo bags - my husbands feet/ shoes got very wet after a downpour. He took off the shoes and socks - put dry socks on - put poo bags over both socks and then put his shoes on. Poo bags = nappy bags cheap as chips and very light. :o