Altura Thermostretch overshoes are a ridiculously simple design that works well to keep your feet warm and dry on chilly, wet days.
Pulling on A pair of Altura Thermostretch overshoes is a bit more of a struggle than zipping up conventional shoecovers because the zip is missing, but it's well worth the slight extra faff.
These overshoes are both very snug and very warm because the thin, stretchy neoprene hugs your feet, trapping a layer of air and sealing out the elements.
The material is waterproof too, so it keeps out moderate rain, and when water does seep in through the tops and bottoms, it stays put and warms up, rather like a wetsuit sock.
The slight downside in drier conditions is that they're not at all breathable, so you get sweaty feet. I found they worked best paired with Merino-blend socks which stay warm when they get damp and don't pong the place out afterwards. I'd far rather have warm, damp feet than dry, cold ones any day.
Altura is known for its Night Vision range of clothing, festooned with reflective patches. The Thermostretch overshoes aren't officially designated as Night Vison, but there's plenty of reflective here anyway on the sides, top and back. That gives an eye-catching 'dancing light' effect in car headlights, helping you be seen in gloomy morning and evening rides.
Super-cosy with plenty of reflective; great for chilly mornings and the dusk dash home.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Altura Thermastretch Overshoe
Size tested: Medium Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
High stretch, pull on neoprene overshoe offering an incredibly close fit.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
High stretch multi fabric neoprene construction
Zipless pull on design
Hi-vis reflective trim
Looking good so far; the tougher material of the sole is wearing well.
Snug and warm.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They kept my feet warm and dry.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The close, cosy fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The slight struggle to get them on. They seem tough, but over Speedplay cleats I needed to be careful not to snag them.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 46 Height: 5ft 11in Weight: 85kg
I usually ride: Scapin Style My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding,
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.