BONTRAGER OMW Winter Shoes
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Ride all winter long in Bontrager's OMW shoes. Waterproof, insulated, and protected - Old Man Winter can throw the worst conditions at you but your feet won't notice.
- 4-way stretch upper with waterproof breathable OutDry membrane
- Waterproof main zip with 2-strap Velcro closure system
- Anti-draft, elasticised ankle cuff with toggle-cord closure
- Fleece-lined removable inner bootie with 200g 3M Thinsulate insulation
- inForm Tundra last: roomier high-performance fit for thicker socks
- Bronze Series Composite sole: nylon composite with full Tachyon Rubber outsole
- Stiffness index 6
- GnarGuard: outer protection against trail brush and debris
- Unconditional Bontrager Guarantee
7 Highlights of Bontragerâs 2016 range, road.cc, August 2015 (see here):
"[when winter comes around] you might be glad of Bontrager's OMW (Old Man Winter) shoes.
The OMW is from Bontragerâs mountain bike shoes range ??" it takes a two-bolt SPD-style cleat ??" but perhaps youâll be interested if you venture out on the road on the coldest days of the year.
You get a fleece-lined removable inner bootie with 200g 3M Thinsulate insulation, a four-way stretch upper with an Outdry membrane thatâs said to be waterproof and breathable, and an anti-draught elastic ankle cuff with a drawcord closure. That zip down the front is waterproof."
Bontrager OMW review, Bicycle Times Magazine, November 2015 (see here):
"Cycling-specific, cold-weather boots have long seemed like a luxury item to me. That changed when I decided to get a fat bike for riding on snowy trails and decided to suck it up and pedal around my Colorado hometown all through winter. Suddenly, no overshoe was warm enough and no casual snow boot stiff or snug enough. After spending a few weeks with Bontragerâs brand-new and rather svelte-looking Old Man Winter (OMW) boots, I am completely sold on the idea.
If, like me, you have Raynaudâs syndrome (the cold-weather narrowing of the blood vessels in your extremities) keeping your fingers and toes warm sometimes seems impossible. The OMW helps allay that with a fleece-lined, removable inner bootie packed with 200 grams of 3M Thinsulate insulation. The stretchy outer boot is made of waterproof, breathable OutDry material and features sealed zippers. The inner bootie has a drawstring-type closure. Paired with two outer Velcro straps, the boots allow for a very snug fit and offer plenty of adjustment. My only minor complaints are that it can be difficult to zip the ankle gaiter over the plastic pull tab on the laces and, if you donât manage to raise the zipper completely to the top of the ankle, the pedaling motion will push it down.
The liner is removable. I think the shoe would be much too roomy and not as comfortable to ride without, but Iâm glad I can wash it. A rough material on the heel works as advertised to prevent the liner from slipping around inside the boot. The sole of the liner is not protected with any kind of grippy material, i.e. itâs not made to be removed and worn around your house as a slipper (which I would totally do).
Because of my Raynaudâs, I have been wearing these boots in temperatures as warm as 40 degrees (Fahrenheit), which is honestly much too hot unless youâre casually cruising short distances. Down to 30 degrees, my feet stayed plenty warm on a difficult fat bike ride through deep snow with only a thin pair of Bontragerâs Profila Merino wool socks. That particular ride involved a lot of grumbling and tramping around in ankle-deep snow without a hint of cold in my toes. The elastic pull tabs that tighten each bootâs ankle did their job, keeping snow out as I pushed a 40-pound bike up steep, un-groomed trails.
These boots really shine in temperatures down into the teens and twenties with a thick wool sock, particularly if youâre exerting yourself. I canât comment on their sub-zero performance as Colorado is experiencing a fairly warm start to winter.
Sole stiffness is a 6 on Bontragerâs scale (the highest stiffness on any shoe the company offers is a 14). Walking around and driving are comfortable for short distances. I didnât feel any bending nor did I feel the cleats poking through when mashing the pedals on steep, challenging trail climbs. While they might not be rigid enough for skinny-tire go-fast types, I am plenty happy with them on cold, wet road rides and they offer enough flex for all-day adventures that might involve espresso stops or setting up a campsite. Traction is good on dry land but, as to be expected, the lugs will get snow-packed if youâre trudging around in powder.
The boots come with substantial cleat covers for the flat-pedal community. If you plan to see more serious snow or ice action, the sole allows for two toe spikes (not included) and each boot has a gaiter hook just below the toe-box strap. Another nice touch are Velcro tabs on the rear ankles of the shoes that are designed as a place to put small red lights.
I had to order a full size larger than expected in order to accommodate anything other than a liner sock and to get the zipper to close around my ankle when wearing tights, but Iâm grateful to have room in the nice, wide toe box for super-thick ski socks.
Actual weight is 1,205 grams (pair, size 43). If you donât think in grams, just know that they surprised me with their lightness when I pulled them out of the box. They donât feel clunky on my feet and almost look like regular shoes if youâre cruising around town and pull your pant legs over the ankles.
If youâre planning to spend several months riding in sub-freezing temperatures??"whether youâre commuting or mountain biking??"consider these boots. I have enjoyed their warmth, comfort and adjustability, and no longer see a well-made shoe like this as just a luxury."
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