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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.
A size range covering sizes 37 – 49 makes choosing the right pair easy and being made of Lycra gives the Tarmac’s enough flex to make them easy to get on and off. Also being that Pro is an offshoot of Shimano the cut-outs fit perfectly over SPD-SL cleats. The toe area is reinforced with Kevlar to as this normally the first part to wear as you walk in them. A full zip up the rear with a reflective Velcro tab finishes off the construction.
In use the Tarmac’s are very warm (Pro states a working range of -5˚ / +10˚C) mostly due to a bamboo charcoal lining to give excellent anti bacterial and insulating properties. This gives, when the water finally soaks through, properties similar to neoprene overshoes where even when wet your feet remain warm. Fit wise the Velcro tab doesn’t pull tight enough leaving the overshoe gaping a bit at the top which allows some water to run down your legs and into the shoe, a shame really as this is the only gripe. The new look version is a huge improvement over last years rather drab offering, now being offered in black or white. Both versions come with eye catching graphics and the white pair are seriously bling, not for the shy and retiring type.
Pricing is reasonably competitive but there are some good fully waterproof options out there for less, but being lycra there is weight advantage to the Tarmac’s which after 3 hours at 100rpm is going to be small but noticeable. Build quality is excellent though and they’ll easily see you through a good couple of winters.
Overall a good quality overshoe. Good fitting and quality construction should see them last as well.
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Make and model: Pro Tarmac H20 Overshoe
Size tested: XL
Did you enjoy using the product? yes
Would you consider buying the product? yes but I'd go for the black ones
Would you recommend the product to a friend? yes
Age: 31 Height: 180cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Schwinn Fastback Pro My best bike is: Dolan Chrono TT Custom
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!