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Aspen Times Weekly: Bike shoe for cold-weather cycling

by Stephen Regenold

BUT IT

$225

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 https://gearjunkie.com/. Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.


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