From autumn into deep winter, and now riding into spring, our ADVNTR team have been putting these winter cycling boots to the test in the worst conditions.
These winter cycling boots are all compatible with two-bolt SPD style cleats, and range in price from £169.99 to £280 RRP. As winter boots are certainly a bit of an investment, we hope this guide will aid you to choose the best one for you.
Don’t want to splash out on new shoes? Check out our Spatz GravlR overshoes review here.
Here they are listed in rating order, with the best performers first.
- Specialized Defroster Trail MTB shoes
- Shimano MW7 Winter SPD shoes
- Northwave Magma XC Core shoes
- Fizik Terra Artica X2 winter boots
Specialized Defroster Trail MTB shoes
The reflective outer won’t be to everyone’s taste, but when you’ve got feet this warm and dry, who cares?
- Price: £220 $250 €205
- Rating: 9.7/10
- Pros: Outstanding build quality, took on all conditions thrown at them, no wet or cold feet
- Cons: Not the best looking, BOA dials close in opposite directions
- Specialized Defroster full review here
Shimano MW7 Winter SPD shoes
The second cheapest and second best on test: Shimano’s well-loved MW7 MTB shoes. Durable, comfortable and (mostly) waterproof, Taylor really pushed these to the limits with subzero windchill in Ontario! The only real thing we’d like to see improved here would be more sizes at the lower end of the range.
- Price: £190 €240 $250
- Rating: 9/10
- Pros: As waterproof and breathable as they come, durable and well made, super comfortable on and off the bike
- Cons: Sizing options are lacking at the smaller end
- Shimano MW7 full review here
Northwave Magma XC Core shoes
With quite a few different winter boots available from Northwave, we opted for these Magma XC Core shoes to test, built for colder weather rather than wet conditions, and in the middle of their price range. These felt more like shoes with an added cuff compared to other boot models on test, and were more race-orientated with stiff soles better for pedalling than hike-a-bike. If you like to mix up your off-road with plenty of road pedalling and tend to avoid wetter riding, these could be a great option for you.
- Price: £169.99 €189.99
- Rating: 8/10
- Pros: Excellent insulation, dependable and easy to operate closure system, quality materials and construction
- Cons: Pricey option, neoprene cuff reduces water resistance, stiff sole reduces grip off the bike in tough conditions
- Northwave Magma XC Core full review here
Fizik Terra Artica X2 winter boots
Unfortunately our top priced boots on test, the Fizik Terra X2, came out bottom compared to the other options on test. In themselves, their certainly not bad boots, with a very strong construction, great resistance to splashing and water ingress, but the near £300 price tag will put many off, as well as how difficult it can be to get these on and off!
- Price: £280 €280 $299.99
- Rating: 7.5/10
- Pros: Prevents most water ingress from rain and puddles, rugged construction and soles, quality BOA closure system
- Cons: Getting on and off is tricky, pricey investment, flexy sole good for walking but not as comfortable on the pedals
- Fizik Terra Artica X2 full review here
For more winter cycling boots, check out the Lake MX145 winter boot review here.
Last modified: 10th March 2021
I reckon winter boots are a great investment for anyone looking to ride regularly in colder weather. I must have spent a fortune on overshoes over the years before bit the bullet and invested in a decent pair of winter boots, always find with 4 bolt shoes you’re often walking on the fabric of the overshoe and that doesn’t hold up too well, plus spray makes its way from the bottom of the shoe up. Rate the Northwave Celsius R Arctic GTX that I have now but before that Fizik Artica X5 were a great pair too until the zip… Read more »