I have heard many different quotes for how much time aero overshoes save in a TT, everything from nothing to 20 seconds. I am sceptical. Having used overshoes for the last two years, I havent used them for my last two races and posted two massive PBs.
It might just be some weird mindset I have going on, but I really dont like the way they look - for reference I had some £20 PRO overshoes which I have seen numerous top riders using.
Waterproof gaiters are not exactly a new concept in the walking market, and cyclists have been wearing overshoes for donkey's years. But these Georgia In Dublin Leggits are proper long, waterproof gaiters for cyclists, exclusively female ones, and a pretty innovative idea. But is it useful and do they work?
Rapha’s Oversocks are just one of the options in the off-season battle for warm feet. Others include waterproof socks inside your normal riding shoes (like Sealskinz), windproof and water resistant overshoes, and standalone winter boots. These options all work, and it’s really a question of personal preference and finances as to which you go for. But to a greater or lesser degree, the non-oversock options add bulk and weight, and so better suit training rides or the very coldest conditions.
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.
Pro’s entry level Blaze strike a near perfect balance between performance and value for money but they’re best saved for the depths of winter as milder conditions can leave feet feeling boiled in the bag. Being Shimano offshoots, standards are very high. Relatively thick 2mm neoprene and slender profile pretty much rules out compatibility with anything bar competition road/performance mtb shoes, although some sport touring models might be ok.
The Pro Tarmac H20 Overshoe is one step down from the NPU version being water resistant rather than waterproof. Saying that though, in all but the heaviest downpours these will keep the worst of the weather out, thanks mainly to taped seams.
Feet not too toasty this morning and was looking at the overshoe reviews, are these suitable for putting over trainers or do they just work with slim cycle shoes.
My trainers aren't too bulky, but the sole is a bit thicker than the usual wafer on a cycle shoe, would be closer to MTB shoes, and hit happily under toe-clips.
As the mellow shades of autumn make way for the bleak monochrome of winter a chap's mind naturally turns to ways of keeping his extremities warm. Cold and wet feet will make even the shortest ride a misery, and the most cost effective way of keeping them warm is to cover them in overshoes.