Today’s QT comes to us from Sheri Rosenbaum, who also wrote the Weatherneck System review in today’s issue. A Chicago resident, Sheri is our RBR Crew expert in handling cold weather. She rides on occasion in temps as low as 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s what Sheri wrote:
Consider Alpaca Instead of Merino Wool in Your Socks
My feet get cold even when I’m wearing purpose-built winter cycling boots. It’s an issue, I know, for many riders. Some of us get cold hands, others cold feet.
Blood simply does not flow as well to the extremities in cold weather, as our bodies are designed to, in effect, pull blood toward our core to help maintain our core temperature. Thus, the hands and feet suffer – and need extra help staying warm.
This year I upgraded to Alpaca socks. They are better than merino wool – 4 times warmer, wick moisture better, last for years, and are soft, to boot. You can slip them on and feel your feet getting toasty warm almost immediately. I found mine at https://alpacasofmontana.com/. You’ll likely pay a little more for a pair of Alpaca socks than for merino, but the quality and performance is worth it.
I first learned about Alpaca on a trip to Peru. At a local market, I bought a sweater and hat to take on my four-day trek to Machu Picchu. Warm, light weight and wicking was the perfect combination then, and it remains perfect for me now.
It’s been over 10 years since I discovered this great material, and still wear that sweater and hat. Now I don Alpaca socks when I ride in cold temps.
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—John Marsh & The RBR Team
John Marsh is the former editor and publisher of RBR Newsletter and RoadBikeRider.com. A rider of "less than podium" talent, he brought our readers consistently useful, informative, entertaining info that helps make them better road cyclists. That's what we're all about here—always have been, always will be. Click to read John's full bio.