The last major piece of kit
Today, finally, my 45Nrth Wolvhammer shoes arrived. This was that last piece of major kit that I was missing for the upcoming AK trip. My initial thoughts are incredibly positive on fit and finish. I ended up going up a size and a half (normally 42.5 and I got 44), as this will be a deep winter shoe for me. If I were not going to extreme conditions, I think I would not have to go up at all. The overall fit and finish is extremely nice, with very well thought out features.
For my foot system, running a sock liner, a thin VBL (not RBH), and a heavyweight wool sock, they fit perfectly. I had actually hoped to use an expedition wool sock, and while it fits in the foot portion of the boot, the ankle portion is to tight to zip up. Because of this, I will rethink my layering approach down in the shoe box. All in all, much more put together shoe than the Lake's I pedaled last year. The temps have dropped into the teens so I will get some riding time in them this weekend. Hope this helps people on the fence...
I just finished installing my cleats on the shoes and am off for my first trial run. Temps are in the mid 20's so not really challenging for a shoe like this, but getting out will allow me to begin the process of breaking them in. The uppers are solid and I can tell that it will take some riding to get everything to 'soften up' a bit. Look for a running set of entries on these shoes and how they work for cold weather riding.