The Lusso Windtex Terrain Red Overboots are ideal for when the weather isn't too extreme. The fabric keeps out the chilly wind and the rain to an extent, plus they are very well made, especially for the money.
- Pros: Easy to get on and off; fabric offers decent insulation for its thickness
- Cons: You'll need something thicker for really cold days
The Terrain overboots offer some really impressive performance considering how thin the main fabric is. Lusso tends to use Windtex in a lot of its winter clothing, and in testing Lusso garments over the years I've always found it to offer great windproofing, especially when it is really cold.
Windtex is basically a membrane that stops the cold air and water getting through from outside but still manages to be pretty breathable – not that that is a major concern here. The way I look at it, if it's cold enough for me to wear overshoes then I want my feet to stay as toasty as possible, and here they're helped by the fleece-lined material.
Lusso gives a temperature range of 0°C to 14°C and I'd say that is about right. For me, I started to notice a bit of a chill around my toes when it was around 3°C and below but that is going to be personal to you.
The Terrains aren't totally waterproof but they'll do a decent enough job of keeping road spray out and light rain for an extended period, helped by the taped seam running up the front of the boots. Anything heavier is going to get through eventually, but even with soaked feet I never really felt them get cold or uncomfortable as long as the temperature stayed above freezing.
The upper looks to be exactly the same as Lusso has used on its Windtex Stealth overboots that I tested in February last year, but underneath, the Stealths had a kind of rubber feeling material for the sole, while the Terrains are Lycra.
Around the cleat and heel hole on the Terrains, Lusso has reinforced the material with extra stitching – something that it didn't do on the Stealths (although they are still going strong, so it wasn't necessarily needed).
The Terrains also have a much tougher woven fabric at the toe and heel to stop wear and tear when you are off the bike and walking.
The cleat hole is very generous, so it'll fit around Speedplay's massive cleat setup easily as well as the usuals like SPD-SL.
Once again, the build quality is top notch from Lusso; it's all neatly finished throughout with tough stitching.
The zip that is positioned at the rear runs smoothly and once zipped up stays firmly in place.
When it comes to sizing, you can stick to Lusso's guide. I wear a 44/45 size shoe, for which Lusso recommends a large, and although these mediums fitted fine I could feel a bit of pressure on the zip when doing them up, which could affect longterm durability.
Price-wise 30 quid isn't bad, especially when you look at the prices of some of the other brands we've tested.
Castelli's Diluvio Pro shoe covers offer similar performance and will cost you another 20 nicker on top of the Lussos. The Gore Universal overshoes are £54.99 and don't offer any resistance against rain at all.
On the whole, the Lusso Terrains do a very good job of keeping out the worst of the elements and thanks to their build quality are likely to last for a good couple of seasons.
Brilliant lightweight overshoes that'll stand up to all but the heaviest of rain
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Windtex Terrain Red Overboot
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Lusso says, "The Lusso Terrain Winter Overboots are ideal for Temperatures from 0-14 degrees.
"Remaining Thermal, Windproof and Water repellent for the Cold British winter."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Lusso lists these features:
. Windtex Membrane Thermal Fabric
* Rear Zip with Velcro closure with reflective Elements and Logo
* Windproof and highly Water Repellent
* Thermal and Fleeced Lined
* Reflective Rear Zip
* Road Shoe Cleat cut out
Stick to Lusso's size guide and you'll be fine.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
A simple machine wash and hang to dry sees them come up clean and maintain their shape.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Impressive windproofing and water repellence.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Lightweight and comfortable to wear while still offering great performance against the weather.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
You'll need something thicker for sub-zero days.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Considering their performance, these Terrains look quite the bargain against a lot of those we've tested recently.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Great performance from such a thin fabric and brilliantly made, so really difficult to criticise for 30 quid.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 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.