Thursday, November 13, 2014

Favorite Winter Gear of the Week - 45NRTH FASTERKATT

Winter is  that time of year where some people put the bikes away and the rest of us layer up & spend hours riding in the snow!! 

3 years ago I was one of those people that never rolled a tire for the entire 4 months of Nov - Feb.  In 2011 I bought my first fat bike, a cute white Surly Pugsley, and then slowly learned how to embrace and live the concept of “there is no such thing as too cold, just the wrong clothing.”  

So for all of you folks out there currently spinning winter away on the trainer..but yet intrigued by the idea of riding outside all year long…I dedicate this string of posts to you.  Get out there, breathe the fresh air, and ride!!  

My Favorite Winter Gear of the Week....45NRTH FASTERKATT!

These transition season cycling shoes are amazing!  I’ve been wanting a pair of them since they first came out, but instead I made the practical decision to start out with a pair of 45NRTH Wolvhammers.   The Wolvhammers worked perfectly last winter as temps were generally below zero.   However, I have to admit I spent most of the fall & spring feeling like  my set-up just wasn't quite right.  My feet were either TOO HOT in the Wolvhammers or TOO COLD in my summer cycling shoes.  

NO LONGER!!!  Last weekend I got to test these beauties out on a few different rides.  Away with the shoe covers....these shoes worked perfect for all 3 different types of rides. 

1.  Friday was a FATBIKE FRIDAY, and while I enjoyed a couple mid-ride beers at Excelsior Brewing I couldn't help but notice everyone was staring at my lower half, of course admiring my amazing brand new Fasterkatts. It certainly couldn't have been the fact that I was standing in a brewery wearing baggies & spandex.

2. Saturday I put the ‘katts on to throw down some road tempo intervals on the CX bike.  Temps were in the mid 30s, the wind was blowing 20+ mph and my feet were seriously sweating!! 

3. Sunday the temp dropped a tad and Tom and I put together a 3 hour ride looping the city and tearing up the new SW Theo trail.  We both had warm feet the entire time….even throughout the period where were we had to stop riding to help an injured rider.

Photo Credit: 45NRTH - Lace & Zip to a super snug fit!
For all of the above rides I did not notice that I was wearing something different from a standard cycling shoe.  The Fasterkatts are so light and snug that I am able to transfer all my energy and power to the pedals, certainly no sloshing around! Woo hoo!!! While at Theo I even climbed a few hills to take some sweet berm videos and noticed how easy it was to hike up hill. Let's face it, as much as we like to ride our bikes, the soft conditions sometime force us to hike/run with them.  

The suggested temperature for these is 25-45 degrees and I'd say that recommendation is spot on. I fully intend to race with these shoes so long as temperatures allow. No excuses now.  Get out and ride that favorite bike of yours as long and as fast as possible!!!

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