Altura Thermostretch Windproof Overshoe review

Well-made, durable bootie that offering excellent protection in cold, damp conditions.

Altura Thermostretch Overshoes
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A classic bootie that's well-made and offers excellent protection in cold, damp weather. Reflective detailing is excellent, certainly knocking socks off others. The top edge of the cuff might be a little tight for some, so it would be advisable to try before you buy.

Reasons to buy
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    Good reflective detailing

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    Excellent windproofing

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Reasons to avoid
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    Tight upper hem

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    Not as resistant to water as smooth neoprene

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Most of us have suffered with cold feet while cycling during the winter. I personally really struggle to keep my hands and feet warm on cold days. Throw rain into the mix and a ride can become a real test of will.

Altura’s Thermostretch Windproof Overshoes are an ideal solution for protecting your feet from the elements They are a worthwhile investment if you like to keep riding outdoors during the winter months.

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.