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Aspen Times Weekly: Bike shoe for cold-weather cycling

by Stephen Regenold


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Sold as a bike shoe for “transition seasons,” cyclocross, and cold-weather commuting, the Japanther is a niche product I have stretched beyond its limit this winter.

Made by 45NRTH, the ankle-high footwear is rated for temps between 25°F and 45°F. But in my review, including more than 500 collective miles ridden throughout winter, the shoe-boot is valid in air much colder.

The Japanthers, for me, are a nearly perfect winter shoe. They have a wind- and weather-resistant upper (note: not 100% waterproof), clipless-pedal compatibility, a high cuff and tight fit around the ankle, and a roomy toe area that increases warmth.

They came to market late last year for $225. Not cheap, but the price may be worth it to keep your feet warm.

For more on this product, visit Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.

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