Choosing overshoes for all seasons

by Sensible   January 21, 2013  

I have recently bought my first road bike after getting back into cycling on my maountain bike. Then got some clip in pedals and road shoes (Shimano R191 SPD-SL) Haven't had chance to get used to them yet considering all the snow.

I want to get some overshoes that will keep my feet warm and dry as the shoes have loads of vents, but ones that I can also use in the spring and autumn when its rainy.

So without having to buy two pairs, what would you recommend.... preferably no more than £25.

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I've got the dhb wind proofs which are pretty good. The neoprene a are too warm and the waterproof ones always let in water and don't seem to last that long.

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
21st January 2013 - 22:20


Can't go wrong with a pair of MuddyFox from Sports Direct, someone sent me a pair, still no idea who. But brilliant pair never the less.

Think they were around £12

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posted by Gkam84 [9355 posts]
21st January 2013 - 22:24


the thick neoprene "Pro" ones are good. The only ones I've had that didn't fall apart within 2 months. Quite warm too. Neoprene isn't waterproof, but does greatly slow the speed at which water can go through, and will keep you warm even when wet. The "Pro" ones have the thickest, densest neoprene of the 3 sets I've tried.

posted by Paul J [810 posts]
22nd January 2013 - 9:06


Just bought some Endura Road overshoes as my Altura neoprene don't keep my shoes dry. Some people have had issues with stitching/zip problems but will see how they go. Pro (now branded Shimano) NPU are among the best but do cost more.

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posted by Simon E [2375 posts]
24th January 2013 - 13:13


Pro Endure H2O - really really good. Still get your feed wet if without mudguards but Endura Luminate and Planet X Neoprene ones do the same. The shoes are clean though.

But the Pros are always a good fit over the shoe - sit evenly and tights. Tried with MTB and road shoes all fine.

You should be able to get them for around £25, just google around.

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posted by koko56 [335 posts]
24th January 2013 - 22:21


Thanks for the recommendations.

However, I went ahead and bought Northwave H2o Extreme and got them delivered today. They seemed very thin material, although well made. I had my doubts about whether they would be warm enough, so sent them back.

I have just ordered Pro New Classic, 2.5 neoprene and they are supposed to be waterproof as well.

There seems to be good reviews/recommendations for Pro kit, and considering that they are really Shimano the sizing should fit my Shimano shoes.

posted by Sensible [82 posts]
25th January 2013 - 17:11


.... spoke too soon. Pro New Classic out oif stock and can't seem to get my size anywhere. Just ordered BBB Hard Wear (neoprene and waterproof). Hopefully, I will have some soon!

posted by Sensible [82 posts]
28th January 2013 - 23:38


It's impossible!

I have 5 different pairs...

1) Endura Equipe for dry racing.
2) Castelli Nano for wet racing.
3) Bright yellow Gore softshell ones for cold evening training.
4) Gore Goretex ones for when it's Siberic.
5) PRO H2O for when sets 3 and 4 are still wet from previous ride.

This year I got fed up and bought winter shoes. If I had to give up 4 of the above I'd hang onto the PRO H2O as they were my first and they are good and have lasted several years.


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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
31st January 2013 - 0:57


I have a pair of BBB Heavy Duty Shoe Covers which cope with -5 and very deep puddles (unless the water goes over the top!). Purchased a pair of their ArcticDuty Shoe Covers for when it got cold but can't get them over my shoes and they are the largest size they do!

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posted by Tovarishch [59 posts]
31st January 2013 - 14:35


Got my BBB Heavy duty Overshoes today. I went for a size 43/44 to use with size 45 Shimano R191 road shoes. Glad I did because they are a perfect fit.

Just got back from a 29 mile ride through some muddy and flooded roads. Feet were warm and dry. Very pleased with my choice.

posted by Sensible [82 posts]
31st January 2013 - 18:13


I thought its time for me to invest...however, I use road shoes with 2 pairs of socks and today went through a puddle (flooded road) on the way home and got both feet and ankles wet through...does the little hole in the bottom of the shoes get plugged closed with over shoes?

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posted by Comrade [189 posts]
31st January 2013 - 21:43


No the Overshoes don't cover the hole in the bottom of the shoe.

.....Correction. I had BBB Hard Wear Overshoes, not Heavy Duty.

posted by Sensible [82 posts]
1st February 2013 - 3:30


In the current weather I have duct tape over the vent holes on the soles, then I put my overshoes on.

FWIW, I have two pairs, one waterproof and one warm and waterproof. Wool socks aren't sufficient in the winter otherwise.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3710 posts]
1st February 2013 - 9:59


Thanks - I feel another modification coming on!

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posted by Comrade [189 posts]
1st February 2013 - 13:24


i use endura neoprene dec-march and on dry butcold day rapha cordura overshoes. and in the summer prendas overhoes as the are very thin and keep the shooes nice Smile have to say i rode in the raphas today and they held up nicely whilst it was sunny but not massively warm.

enduras are on the second dartmoor winter with 6000 miles ish underneath them and they are doing well.

the raphas look amazing and fair play are a sensible price and i see many uses/washes in them easily

posted by russyparkin [578 posts]
2nd February 2013 - 17:44