‘Bent got me these cycling boots. They’re only water resistant and not rated for serious cold but I’m unlikely to be biking much on really cold days anyway. So far, so good,https://gearjunkie.com/cold-weather-bike-shoe-revi...
I have a feeling the Japanthers will go right through winter with chemical toe warmers or booties for the extreme cold days.
Thanks - that is pretty much what I would need. Hard to know if I would use them enough though as mid winter I switch to flats for the fat bike so just use my winter hiking insulated GTX boots. My shoe closet is big enough as it is but perhpas might need to be expanded)
I'm still figuring out where they're going to fit in my (large) shoe collection. They're simpler than neoprene covers. I think they'll be perfect for those mid-to-late autumn rides when my toes get chilly. If I do some fat biking, they'll be good if it's not too much below zero. Like you, I'd probably switch to flat pedals - or, more likely, snowshoeing or skiing - when it gets colder than that!
I have to say I love being able to just pull on a winter biking boot instead of futzing around with booties, heaters etc. on top of summer shoes.
Mine are not as nice as the Japanthers, but maybe a touch warmer.
Yes there is an appeal to avoiding booties in the shoulder season - especailly since most of my booties fit my road shoes much better and slowly get damaged with use on mtb shoes.