rh+ Neo toecovers  £15.00

7/10

Useful option for autumn weather to keep toes from getting chilly in well ventilated cycling shoes.

Weight 36g   Contact  www.veroli.co.uk

by David Arthur   November 4, 2013  

The Neo Toecovers from rh+ are a good clothing choice for when it's not cold enough for full overshoes but you want a little extra protection and insulation for your toes. The neoprene fabric easily blocks the draughty vents in the front of racey shoe, and also keep your shoes reasonably dry when the roads are damp, but not sodden, and there's a bit of spray from the front wheel.

The neoprene provides a surprising degree of insulation. Typically I wear Belgian-style oversocks at this time of year, when the roads are covered in dirt and water and there's a chill in the air, before switching to thicker overshoes in the winter. These toe covers are an alternative to oversocks and actually provide quite a bit more warmth. They don't stop half the shoe getting covered in filth though.

They are a 'one size fits all size' and they fitted snugly over my size 45 Gaerne shoes and nestled over the lower of the two Boa dials. During riding they didn't budge, remaining firmly in place. The cleat hole easily accommodated my Speedplay cleats too. There's a couple of reflective details, but they're mostly understated in looks.

You can buy a pair of oversocks - also very good for autumn riding when it's not cold enough for full winter clothing - for about half the price. They're cheaper than full overshoes though. Another less obvious use for toe covers is to wear them under overshoes on really cold days for a double layer of insulation over the toes, a good tip for anyone who suffers from poor circulation, as I do.

Verdict

A useful option for autumn weather to keep toes from getting chilly in well ventilated cycling shoes.

road.cc test report

Make and model: rh+ Neo Toecover

Size tested: One 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?

Neoprene toe covers.

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

Anatomic construction

Cleat opening on sole

Reflective appliqués

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Solid construction and hard-wearing, especially around the cleat opening.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

A good option when it's not cold or wet enough for full overshoes, providing good insulation for the toes. Useful for very well ventilated race shoes.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Good durability and no signs of wear.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

You can buy a pair of oversocks - also very good for autumn riding when it's not cold enough for full winter clothing - for about half the price. They're cheaper than full overshoes though. And they're good for anyone suffering from poor circulation as come winter you can wear them under overshoes for a double layer of insulation around the toes

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

Ticked the boxes very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Easy to pull on and stay put, keeps the toes warm and prevents front wheel spray from soaking the front of the shoes.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

They're a bit pricey considering their limited window of potential usage.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

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, mtb,

 

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I like the solitary fallen leaf in the pictures. Very artistic.

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posted by nowasps [245 posts]
4th November 2013 - 10:31

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It's product placement...the Forestry Commission paid us a handsome sum for that leaf to be included Smile

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posted by Oli [102 posts]
4th November 2013 - 10:46

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It says 'autumn'

Back to toe covers, I've got a Craft pair of these and got to say I found them surprisingly useful for a good chunk of last winter and spring too, much more than I thought they would be.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
4th November 2013 - 19:41

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My GF has the Castelli ones. I saw someone deride them on another article, but she loves them and wears them pretty much from Autumn to Spring.

Must admit that this weekend I can see they would have come in handy.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1106 posts]
4th November 2013 - 19:50

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I've got the Castelli ones too - great bits of kit that keep a surprising amount of water out of your shoes on soggy days and stop your toes getting chilly as well.

posted by 5th [28 posts]
4th November 2013 - 22:44

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just made a pair of toe covers out of an old pair of Endura neoprene overshoes where I had ripped the zip - feeling very chuffed with my diy approach!

posted by Metjas [280 posts]
5th November 2013 - 14:40

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Nice idea Metjas, that's not a bad way at all of recycling old overshoes. Might borrow that if that's ok?

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posted by David Arthur [1459 posts]
5th November 2013 - 16:15

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David Arthur wrote:
Nice idea Metjas, that's not a bad way at all of recycling old overshoes. Might borrow that if that's ok?

my pleasure, I now also have a single spare overshoe zip left for any further winter night sewing you fancy Wink

posted by Metjas [280 posts]
5th November 2013 - 21:19

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could be quit nice in mild temperatures. My ankles tend to get rather sweaty where my socks, leg warmers, and shoe covers overlap

posted by jarredscycling [436 posts]
6th November 2013 - 16:47

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