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Cube's Winter Shoe Covers are easily some of the quickest booties to get on and off thanks to some clever design, but they're surprisingly chilly for thick neoprene covers. Putting 'Winter' in their title may be a touch optimistic.
The fabric is 3mm deep with a fleece backing to trap heat on cold days though this only works if these overshoes are dry. Down to around four or five degrees above freezing they keep your feet warm if not exactly toasty, providing you are moving and keeping the blood pumping.
In their defence the Cuber winter overshoes aren't sold as waterproof covers having just a water-repellent upper, though they do have taped seams and a waterproof zip. Road spray in heavy rain will be sloshing around your toes within about ten minutes. Neoprene normally works well at keeping you warm when wet through, which is why wetsuits and the like are made from it. The Cubes don't seem to work like that at all though.
Even when riding in temperatures of high single figures soaked feet get cold very quickly and are reluctant to warm up until dry. That'll be a long while too.
It's a shame that the Winter Shoe Cover is let down by this as the actual construction and design is top notch.
The zip runs offset of the front of your leg, opening from the top of the six-inch cuff down to around ankle bone height. This means that they can open wider than similar rear zipped options, avoid zip rub on your Achilles and more importantly puts a lot less stress on the zip as you do them up.
Underneath you get two large cleat and heel tabs with Velcro in the middle. If like me you wear buckled shoes with huge Speedplay cleats this gives you the clearance you need to not have to fight the covers over foot. It gives you plenty of adjustment for width too.
You also have large pull tabs on the heel and top front to give that little bit of wiggle room. They are literally easy to get on or off in a matter of seconds while still maintaining a close fit.
The sole has plenty of reinforcement underneath which has resisted any form of damage from walking or daily wear and tear. Front and rear you get rubber bumpers and heavy stitching to keep things from ripping.
Overall the Cube Winter Shoe Covers are a bit of a disappointment in terms of performance when you consider the £35.99 price. There is a lot of competition at that price - and less - and some manage to keep the warmth in when wet.
The Cube overshoes redeem themselves though on fit and finish. If more overshoes were made to these designs and quality I wouldn't go through at least a pair a winter.
It's not quite enough though. How easy they were to get on is the last thing on your mind when you find yourself mid-ride with a couple of blocks of ice trying to turn the pedals.
Great design and fit but poor insulating properties; not ideal for winter temperatures
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Make and model: Cube Shoe Cover Winter
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?
As the name implies the Cube Shoe Covers are designed for winter use though even with taped seams, water repellent upper and a waterproof zip they don't keep the water out or the heat in.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
pull-on and tear-off aid
abrasion-resistant material on sole
sizing - S(37-39), M(40-42), L(43-45), XL(46-48)
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The fit is great and very easy to pull on and off, but they just aren't water resistant or warm enough for proper winter use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The zip positioning.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Cold feet especially when wet.
Did you enjoy using the product? Average.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
If these matched the weather proofing and warmth of the Carattis I tested a while ago paired with the Cube's fit and ease of getting on and off they'd be hard to beat. As it stands though they let themselves down with such poor insulation.
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,
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!