Neoprene is used for a lot of overshoes purely because it's good at insulating even when wet. There are two types though, 'open cell' and 'closed cell'; being waterproof the Caratti's are the latter. The Deep Winters are impressive in the rain with no water getting in through the material at for a good 45 minutes thanks to the material and taped seams. This was in a controlled environment (power shower head to replicate heavy rain) though because out on the road they do suffer the same fate as every other pair of overshoes. Water running down your legs enters through the ankle hole and makes its way into your shoes. This can be limited by the use of a decent set of mudguards though.
They aren't very breathable which for once is a good thing. Last winter may not have been that chilly but the one before saw me commuting in temperatures of -10°C and I would have given anything to have a pair of the Carattis then; they are properly toasty even when soaking wet.
The overall build quality is excellent with neat tidy seams and a reinforced Kevlar sole. I normally get through a pair of overshoes each winter normally due to a broken zip or seams tearing due to them being stretched over shoes twice a day, five times a week. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber so its naturally elastic anyway but the Caratti's seem more so than others making them very easy to stretch over shoes, even those with buckles. This also means a lot less strain on the zip to so I can see these lasting a long time. The large size tested here is 43-45 so I'm on the upper limit with my UK size 10's, and there shouldn't be any need to size up.
For night usage you get a reflective Velcro tab and strips either side of the zip plus the Caratti logo will light up too. Rotating feet are one of the best visual cues for drivers following cyclists so its good to see plenty of reflectives in a sensible position.
At £35 I reckon they offer good value for money when you consider the waterproofing, insulation and fit, especially when the only overshoes I've rated for really cold and wet protection in the past were £60.
In conclusion I'd recommend the Caratti Deep Winter Overshoes for anyone who rides throughout the winter no matter what the weather. Until someone develops a water tight seal at the ankle these are about as waterproof as you'll get and by far the warmest.
Super warm and waterproof material combined with a great fit makes for exceptional overshoes
road.cc test report
Make and model: Caratti Deep Winter Waterproof Overshoes
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?
Caratti say "For those deep winter soaking rides. These overshoes are made from a waterproof and thermal neoprene with water tight seams. Designed be able to hold out the majority of the rain and puddles in soaking conditions. Perfect for the longer freezing rides as well as daily commutes." I agree with everything they've said there.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Thermal Waterproof neoprene
Reflective Logo, Zip Lining and Velcro strap
Velcro zip housing
Reinforced sole and cleat opening
Sizing 37-48 (S-XL)
Rate the product for quality of construction:
Excellently put together and finished well.
Rate the product for performance:
Very warm plus the pliable material makes foot rotation easy. Waterproofing is as good as can be expected.
Rate the product for durability:
A kevlar reinforced sole and openings plus the ease of getting them on and off should see them lasting a long time.
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
Pretty much on par with the rest of this style of overshoe although they do weigh almost as much as my shoes.
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
Plenty of give so they can't even be felt when they are on.
Rate the product for value:
Very well priced indeed for the performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really good especially in the insulation and fit departments.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
How easy they are to get on and off.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Another overshoe that still isn't perfectly waterproof.
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?
The Carattis are brilliant and I can't wait to try them out when things really do turn exceptionally cold. The waterproofing issue isn't something that just plagues the Carattis, it's industry wide but until water running in to overshoes from the leg is solved there is no such thing as a perfect pair, that's why these get a very commendable 4.5 stars.
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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,
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