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Purchased these to extend my riding in less favorable temperatures as my road shoes even with chemical foot warmers and covers were letting my toes get cold on typical 2 to 4 hour rides near freezing down to 25 F. My rides are typically hard with 50% of the time spent at or near threshold power. As an older rider (late 50's) I do suffer from circulation problems in the extremities which results in cold toes and fingers at temperatures that would have been fine in years past. Like most of us, I prefer riding on the road to the trainer and so having warm cycling gear helps me avoid loss of fitness over the Winter as I am putting more time in on the bike
After switching pedals I have used these on several rides in the upper 20's and low 30's At freezing and above, no chemical warmers and no covers, they keep my feet comfortable. Likewise, in the upper 20's with chemical warmers my feet are comfortable for these rides and I haven't had to try using toe covers for additional warmth however I expect they would be good to the low 20's for me. They do breath well, but are not drafty, no problems with sweaty feet. For people with better circulation they should be good even lower.
For fit, my road shoes are Shimano R-170s in a 44, and I purchased these in a 45 to allow a bit of extra room for thicker wool socks and the toe warmers when needed. Sizing up 1 size was a good decision for me- they fit just the way I wanted. I have enough room in the toe box to wiggle my toes to help keep them warm while using the chemical warmers and thicker socks. The strap system still let's me get an appropriate fit so these aren't loose moving around on my feet. They do take more work to get into than regular cycling shoes but they aren't difficult to get into, just takes a bit more time.
The high top on these come up high enough to cover the bottoms of my Gore and Castelli wind blocker insulated tites and don't restrict movement for riding or walking. I haven't had a chance to ride in the rain yet however on wet roads they have kept my feet dry on a bike with no fender protection from spray off the front wheel.
Cleats are recessed adequately so they don't drag on a hard surface, I can walk around on our hardwood floors (albeit carefully) without scratching them up, and there are spots for spikes in the front if a person wanted them - they aren't included with the shoe though.
I can't comment on durability or performance off road as I haven't owned them long enough and only ride on the roads however I can't see any reason they wouldn't be good long term performers or do well off the road.
Overall, if you are looking for a high quality warm shoe to extend your riding season in comfort - I would highly recommend
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