Pro Ventura overshoes  £44.99

7/10

Ideal overshoes for the worst weathers, that work with a variety of shoes

Weight 462g   Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   December 19, 2009  

Pro Ventura overshoes

Resembling a motorcycle derri boot, Pro’s Vanguard are technically advanced and versatile winter overshoes, offering unparalleled protection from the elements when worn with waterproof socks. Intended as multi-fit overshoee, they work much better with broader road, sports touring, MTB, and even trainer type/booties than more traditional types, lending themselves perfectly to freezing winter commutes or cross races.

If you are looking for overshoes to wear over trainers for winter commuting these should fit the bill. However, intended for temperatures between five and minus fifteen they can feel uncomfortably warm in milder weather and weigh a fair bit more than the traditional type-especially caked in wet mud.

Dense 2.5-3mm stretch neoprene clings to the shoe’s contours while the water resistant PU coating and tapered seams keep the elements firmly at bay while still offering some breathability-keeping feet warm and dry, even immersed up to the cuffs. This I aided by the thick, anti bacterial fleece linings that also keep things hygienic-a real plus given that foot odour can prove embarrassingly potent. Mercifully they’re tolerant of low temperature washing. The large open sole area with loop and hook sole works brilliantly with all cleat types, although water can seep through the drillings more readily than enclosed designs. Similarly the sturdy rubberised toe, valance and heel sections mean they should withstand the rough and tumble of urban riding and competitive off-roading while ample Scotchlite detailing reflectives are very effective safety aids when caught in car headlamps.

There’s a definite knack to getting them on though-early attempts were a major operation resulting in much frustration and hilarity until I learned to slide them up my calves, zipping them up first before stepping into my shoes and pulling them into position afterward. For all their virtues, thirty-eight quid’s not cheap and you’ll want a thinner pair for the milder months but die hard four seasons’ commuters, 'cross riders and mountain bikers will not be disappointed.

Verdict

Worthy, if weighty overshoes for the worst weathers

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pro Ventura overshoes

Size tested: XL

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?

Billed as a multi-fit overshoe that works with road, mtb or commuting footwear, the Ventura are a suitably sturdy and weatherproof overshoe capable of handling cross and four season's commuting in temperatures between +5 and -15 degrees.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

2.5-3mm stretch, PU coated neoprene and tapered seams keep the elements firmly at bay, zippered rear closure and velcro sole hook entertains a much wider choice of footwear while ample scotchlite detailing increase night-time safety.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

462g (pair)

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

There's no doubt the Ventura are a fine companion for cold riding full-stop-especially cross, mtb or foul weather commuting/winter training but they can leave feet feeling very clammy in milder conditions.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Rugged styling, good fit and attention to detail.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing but best suited to more extreme weathers.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

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