Winter Mountain Bike Shoes: The Complete List

Every year I brave the cold weather a few times and cycle on the frozen trails.  It is a ton of fun, but one issue that I always have is that I can’t keep my feet warm enough.  I’ve layered my socks.  I’ve used shoe covers.  I’ve even wrapped my feet in plastic bags.  Nothing seems to work.

I’ve been reluctant to get winter riding shoes because I don’t like the idea of spending the money on something that I only use a few times a year, but from what I hear it is the best solution for being comfortable when riding outdoors in the winter.  When you consider the fact that winter shoes can last you ten years or more with light use, you are really spreading that cost out over time.  It might only end up costing you $20 to $30 a year for warm feet.  That sounds like a good investment to me.

I started doing research on winter mountain bike shoes and found that it was hard to determine where to start looking.

I’ve assembled this list as a starting point to help you with your research.  These are the all the winter mountain bike shoes that I could find for sale for the 2013/2014 winter season.  I’ve tried to include a link to the company’s page for each shoe.  There is also a link or information that will help you find a place to buy the shoes.

I still haven’t purchased my shoes yet, but when I do I’ll try to write up a complete report about the model that I settle on.

Let me know if there are any shoes that I’ve left off the list in the comment section.  Also, do you have a winter riding shoe that you recommend?  Or, are there any shoes you would avoid?  Why?  I would love to hear about it since I am still weighing the pros and cons of each model.

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Diadora Polaris 2

Available on Amazon

Diadora Polaris 2 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe

Lake MXZ303

Available on Amazon

Lake MXZ 303 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe

Lake MX145

Available on Amazon

Lake MX145 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe

Louis Garneau – 0° LS-100

Available on Amazon

Louis Garneau 0° LS-100 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe

Mavic Drift

Available on Amazon

mavic drift winter cycling shoe

Shimano SH-MW81

Available on Amazon

Shimano SH-MW81 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe

Sidi Diablo GTX

Available on Amazon

sidi mtb diablo gore-tex GTX Winter Mountain Bike Shoe

Specialized Defroster Trail

Available through local bike shops.  You can find a dealer at

Specialized Defroster Trail Winter MTB Shoes

Northwave Extreme Winter GTX

Available through various retailers using google shopping

north wave extreme winter gtx winter mountain bike boots

Exustar E-SM316

Their website says this is available.  It doesn’t appear to be easy to purchase through the internet.  Please leave me a comment to let me know where the best place to purchase these is.  I will update this article with the information.

Exustar E-SM316 Winter Mountain Bike Shoe

Vaude Termatic RC

Only says Autumn.  Prices listed in Euros.  Not sure if it’s for sale in North America.  Please leave a message in the comment section if you know more about this company and I will update this list.

Vaude Termatic RC Winter Mountain Bike Shoes

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4 thoughts on “Winter Mountain Bike Shoes: The Complete List

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  2. I have the Lake Mxz 302 and it is the warmest shoe I have. The LG is much cheaper in quality and warmth. The other lake shoe is not as warm as the mxz 303. I ride all winter in temps from 10F and winds up to 30 mph. In those conditions the lakes will still need thick shoe covers. The new defroster is good and warmer but still not as good as the lake.

    • The Lakes seem to get a lot of attention online. I’ve never seen them at my local store, so I don’t know if they are just sold regionally or I am just not lucky enough to live near a place that sells them. Where did you buy them?

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