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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road.cc test report
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
About the tester
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,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.