Gets the job cone
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
One chilly morning (35*) I went for a ride and after about 10 miles or so my toes felt like a block of ice; I could barely move my toes and could only muster 15 miles that day because the dogs were killing me. I even had a hard time shifting gears in my vehicle after the ride until my toes thawed.
So I was on a mission to eliminate the frozen toes. Since I am a fan of Gore products that's where I started the journey. I went to the local bike shop (LBS) and tried on several booties (Gore, Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau and Bontrager) and I settled on the Gore; unfortunately the LBS did not have my size in stock, but fortunately I found them here with free 2 day shipping (wanted for my next ride) - plus 20% off, no taxes and if you go through Mr. Rebate you get additional cash back. Although more expensive than others, unless you catch a deal on them (see above), they definitely get the job done. I can't compare them to other booties since I have only used these and only plan to use these for years to come.
I went out on another ride in 34* weather, but this time with the Gore booties and my toes never came near being frozen; a night and day difference when compared to the ride without the booties. I was able to do 25 miles and never even thought about the feet or toes. A happy customer.
What I like about the Gore booties:
1. keep the toes and feet toasty
2. Look good doing the job
3. easy on, easy off
4. Very little branding on the booties (hate all that branding stuff)
5. Velcro full length of the booties (allows customization of fit for any size leg - tight, loose etc.)
6. lifetime guarantee
What I don't like: The cost of course
Note: the description talks about zippers. There are no zippers on these booties; the booties fasten with velcro at the back (see image below).