Road Cycling Overshoes Review

 

February usually brings the hardiest of triathletes out on their bike attempting to battle the winter cold and get outside for a ride. However, along with thermal gloves and socks, an essential piece of winter gear is the overshoe. The RMT team waited for a rainy day to review the top brands in the market that aim to keep your toes warm whilst not interfering with comfort and peddling; Endura, Mavic, Pro & Northwave.

 

Endura Road Overshoe 2012- £23.99

 

The Endura overshoe looks like a wetsuit, and provides water resistance like one. Not a drop of water entered the shoe in this snug fit. Your feet do start to get hot after a while due to the thickness of the Neoprene but a thin pair of socked sorted this out.  The new abrasion resistant sole is as hard wearing as you will get meaning you can reuse these shoes for lots of winters to come!

At a very reasonable price, the Endura overshoes don’t look great but provide great value for money for a waterproof overshoes that will last you a long time.

Value for money – 10

Functionality -8

Comfort – 8

Performance – 7

RMT Rank – 8.5

 Avaliable at Chain Reaction Cycles

 Mavic 2012 Toe Warmers 2012 – £15.99

 

RMT are a big fan of the Mavic style shoes and the overshoes looks pretty good too. This take on the full overshoe is best in the mid-season or crisp sunny winter mornings. Wind and water resistant, the Toe Warmer doesn’t lack in quality and is a reasonable price.

Mavic use their Exi Grip technology, a lightweight elatic mesh contruction here which works well making it feel like you don’t have any overshoes on. It really does give a great fit. If you are looking for a cheap accesseory to keep your toes warm in the cold, then this ticks all the boxes.

Mavic also offer a knit sock alternative for when it gets warmer, worth a look for this great design.

 Value for money – 9

Functionality -7

Comfort – 9

Performance – 7

RMT Rank – 8

 Avaliable at Chain Reaction Cycles

Pro Endure NPU Tarmac Overshoes – £36.99

 

One above the H20s, the NPU range is waterproof keeping the rain out completely leaving very dry feet!  Pro, part of the Shimano umbrella means they easily fit with the brands cleats. The toe area is reinforced with Kevlar giving some extra sturdiness when you walk, something that we found I problem with other products. The inner lining is Bamboo fleece which is very warm (range of -5˚ / +10˚C) and with an anti bacterial properties provides a novel, but effective interior.

Most of the waterproof overshoes suffer from a bland black neoprene look, but the NPU tarmac looks stylish and incorporates some reflective strips for safety.  Overall, the NPU tarmac is a very good overshoe with lots of useful features.

Value for money – 7

Functionality -9

Comfort – 9

Performance – 8

RMT Rank – 8.5

 Avaliable at Chain Reaction Cycles

Northwave NRG X-Lite Pro Shoe Covers Winter – £34.99

 

Northwave’s product has attempted to bring style to the table, but we are more impressed with Mavic’s and Pro’s look.  The X-Lite material does give a lighter advantage and X-Lite membrane material does seem to give more breathability to this overshoe.  Perhaps a little more stretch in the material would make it easier to get on but this gives increases durability.

Overall, this offering is a good product with no real faults. But for the price, there are better in the range.

Value for money – 6

Functionality -8

Comfort – 8

Performance – 8

RMT Rank – 7

 Avaliable at Chain Reaction Cycles

 

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