If you suffer with cold feet in the winter months read on as Caratti's Deep Winter Overshoes are the most insulated I've tried. Their waterproofing and build quality is impressive too.
You might have seen the piece we ran last month about the re-launch of the Caratti clothing brand, but if you didn't here's a little recap. Caratti were the biggest importer of Italian brands into the UK bringing in their own kit along with the likes of Castelli, Sidi and Colnago back in the 80s and 90s. Things went a bit quiet then but they're back and these overshoes are part of their new range.
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
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Caratti Deep Winter Waterproof Overshoes
Size tested: Large
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)
Excellently put together and finished well.
Very warm plus the pliable material makes foot rotation easy. Waterproofing is as good as can be expected.
A kevlar reinforced sole and openings plus the ease of getting them on and off should see them lasting a long time.
Pretty much on par with the rest of this style of overshoe although they do weigh almost as much as my shoes.
Plenty of give so they can't even be felt when they are on.
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.
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.