Caratti's Neoprene Toe Warmers are simplicity at its best, stick 'em on if its cold, whip 'em off if its warm.
Made from 3mm neoprene the toe covers provide a lot of warmth for heavily vented summer shoes on a chilly ride. You've got an upper and a lower section stitched together at shoe sole height which makes for a good fit when they are on the shoe.
The thing I like best though is how easy they are to fit, literally 30 seconds on each shoe and they are ready to go. I've used a lot of others over the years that always require some serious finger work to get them over straps and cleats, especially Speedplay. The Carattis just seem to be much more pliable.
They are a one size fits all option and on my UK size 10 they finished halfway up the mid buckle providing plenty of coverage to keep your toes warm. Plus if they do get wet they'll stay warm to thanks to neoprene's beauty of trapping body heat.
Overall the Caratti Toe Warmers are useful, cheap at a tenner and so easy to take on and off. At 67g they are barely noticeable either if you chuck them in your rear pocket.
Brilliantly simple stretchy toe covers that are worth a tenner any day of the week
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Caratti Neoprene Windproof Toe Warmer
Size tested: One Size
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 for when a full overshoe isn't needed. I've been using them loads since the mornings have been getting chilly and quickly removing them once it warms up.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Light Weight neoprene
Reinforced Cleat Opening
Not much to it but a secure looking seam allows a good fit over the shoe.
Brilliant, really warm and so easy to fit.
Reinforced cleat hole is double stitched though no other edges are which could fray in the long term.
Weigh practically nothing.
A snug fit without any pressure.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Ideal, a simple idea that works to keep your toes warm.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
One size fits all is a compromise on smaller shoes
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A simple idea executed well. A solid product that fits and works well.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
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: 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.