It's time to dig out the overshoes, and if you need some new ones these Sugoi Resistor Booties are a good choice for autumnal conditions, able to fend off the wind and rain very well.
The bright yellow colour – and it is extraordinarily bright – is ideal for dull grey days when you might want to boost your visibility. The brightness is less effective at night but handily there are some reflective elements, in the side logo and lining the main zipper. A little more around the front of the overshoe would be welcome.
They're made from a coated polyurethane stretch Lycra fabric with a brushed inner. They fit easily over the shoes with a full-length rear zipper securing them into place, with a neat zip puller garage to prevent irritation around the ankle. A small Velcro tab prevents the zipper from accidentally pulling open.
The material does an excellent job of keeping the wind out and goes a long way to preventing your feet from getting cold. The thickness of the material is such that they will cope well into double digit temperatures with no risk of overheating, but on colder mornings I found they came up a little short on warmth compared with thicker overshoes. No surprise really – these are quite thin and really best for intermediate conditions.
They do provide excellent protection in the rain. They are billed as offering waterproof protection and certainly lived up to that when I got drenched on one ride the other week when the heavens opened the moment I closed the front door and didn't really cease until a good few hours into the ride. My feet were kept impressively dry.
The fit is good but they don't conform as closely to my shoes as other overshoes; that does mean getting them on and off is a doddle and very quick, ideal if you're in a hurry to escape the office – no wrestling overly tight overshoes here. The fit is secure and they stay in place well during a ride.
For autumn and mild winter days these are a good overshoe, but if you do feel the cold easily you'll find they lack the insulation of beefier overshoes. The brightness isn't everyone's cup of tea, but you can't beat them for standing out during the day when the light level is dangerously low.
Effective overshoes that will help you stand out on the roads
road.cc test report
Make and model: Sugoi Resistor Bootie
Size tested: Medium
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?
Sugoi says: "Highly water resistant thermal protection for cold wet rides"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
PU coated stretch laminate provides lightweight windproof and waterproof protection
Offset rear zipper with Velcro closure reduces Achilles tendon irritation
Reinforced heel and toe for durability
Reflective accents add visibility
Pulling them on and off, getting covered in gunk, and going through the wash, they're holding up fine. I don't encounter many (any) traffic lights on my rides, and don't walk in them, so no issues of wear and tear on the soles.
Reasonable value for money for a waterproof overshoe.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
They wash up well and it's easy to keep them looking new.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
An effective barrier to the wind and rain for autumn and winter cycling.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Slightly loose fit – going down a size might help.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Overshoes are an essential bit of kit for this time of year, protection your feet against the wind and rain, and these do a good job at a sensible price, and the bright yellow provides a boost in visibility.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.