December 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm #799616
All this gear-talk convinced me to try on a pair of SPD Wolvhammers at Cycle Solutions Parliament. The 45NRTH rep was on site and cheerfully said that their entire shoe and glove stock is already in stores and going fast . Any orders will be filled next year! The last pair of 43’s (my regular shoe size) could still fit a thicker sock so I snatched them up. Fit is akin to a skate-skiiing boot and the finish is what you’d expect from an uber-expensive boot. Can’t wait to try them out this weekend. A few fatties will be riding from Where East Meets West (just over the bridge north of the Cricket Lot ) at 8:30 am Saturday and Sunday.December 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm #799631
I just got them in this morning. Obviously it’s not cold enough for me to properly test them out, but they seem extremely impressive from my initial inspection. They fit equally well with or without the merino inner glove, and they are a little more thin and nimble than I expected. The draw string on the cuff works really well, and is easy to use one-handed with the opposite glove on. Nice snot wipes. The leather palm is really grippy. Very impressed on the whole. If you want to swing by CS Parliament and try them on, just shoot me a PM.
Wow, sounds awesome…. Unfortunately LTP is out of stock on my size, so I will have to wait a bit to get them, but I like what I am hearing! Are you able to wear them under cuff, or is the gauntlet so large that over cuff is the only option?
Thanks for the review, feel free to add anything when you get a chance to try them out in the cold…December 18, 2014 at 10:00 am #799633
Yup, LTP is pretty much completely sold out for the year, unfortunately.. Same with other popular 45n stuff (Wolvhammers, Cobrafists). There are still plenty of the lighter weight, Sturmfist 5s available in all sizes, however.
I doubt you could get the gauntlet inside a jacket cuff. However, I don’t see why you’d want to. The gauntlet is very long, and the draw strings work very well. The Sturmfist 5 seems like it would be a good under-the-cuff option if that is an essential option.December 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm #799636
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I personally dress for riding under -5 like I would for skiing, with a bit less on top to allow the heat to escape. For me, the biggest thing is a good head&neck warmer. One your neck & torso are fully sealed away from the wind you don’t need all that much layering to keep warm. Allows you to dress light so you don’t sweat your ass off. I bought some shoe covers too which I”m looking foward to using, cause I was sick of cold feet, but didnt’ want to buy full-on winter shoes. Hoping my Mayor is in my possession before the new year, so hoping to see some of you out there soon.December 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm #799711
All this gear-talk convinced me to try on a pair of SPD Wolvhammers at Cycle Solutions Parliament. The 45NRTH rep was on site and cheerfully said that their entire shoe and glove stock is already in stores and going fast . Any orders will be filled next year! The last pair of 43’s (my regular shoe size) could still fit a thicker sock so I snatched them up. Fit is akin to a skate-skiiing boot and the finish is what you’d expect from an uber-expensive boot.
I picked up a pair at Bike Zone Mississauga. After reading all the online reviews, and everyone saying go up a size, I did do just that to a 44. I tried them on and they were a bit roomy with a regular sock, but when I doubled up they felt pretty good. I’m regularly a 43 in all my other bike shoes. Sadly they didn’t have a 43 for me to compare with, so I took a gamble. Hopefully it will pan out.December 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm #799712
I am currently in North Bay until the 3rd, and I’m armed with my 45N gloves and a fat bike. Looks like the temperatures are going to settle into the -10/-20 area for a few days, so the gloves will be facing some harsh proving grounds. I will report back to let you folks know how they pan out.
Glad to see the boots have been well received. They are an impressive bit of kit, and I’m glad to see people can deal with the nearly $400 price tag to get some quality footwear.December 31, 2014 at 11:01 am #799780
“When it gets really cold I stuff a down jacket, mitts and proper tuque in my kit to have for snack breaks/mechanicals. Hope to see you on the trails this winter!”
Too many people who do casual winter sports forget to pack for non-aerobic rest periods or emergencies. You can get away with it in the summer, but if you’re perfect temp riding and get a flat you can’t fix or major mechanical and face an hour walk to civilization you better be prepared to layer up, or worst case, hunker down. Whether riding, XC skiing, snowmobiling, hiking or hunting for a day or even an hour I have a survival kit with me in the winter. Emergency blanket, extra layers (especially socks), plastic bags (dry feet), matches/firestarter, hot paws, glowsticks, leatherman, compass, basic first aid, etc. I recently added one of those water filter tubes to my kit, just in case. Had a couple close calls!January 3, 2015 at 8:04 pm #799829
<strong class=”d4pbbc-bold”>Hands – First time pogie user and loving them. Mine are camo ATV versions from Princess Auto ($14.99) with some mods.
Thanks again for this reco, best $<$20 investment I’ve ever made in biking. Took them out today for the first time and loved them. Zero cold, definitely some sweat though.
What were the mods you made? Just curious if it was for venting or better securing to bar (or both)?
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