Sportful WS Reflex 2 Bootie review - hardy overshoes that breathe, but they don't come cheap

Great protection and breathability for feet during long winter rides, the heel-cap cut-out might not be well-placed for all shoes though

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Sportful's WS Reflex 2 Bootie is a good option for long winter rides. The fabrics are well-chosen, allowing you to get the booties on and off with ease while still offering good protection from the elements. The placing of the heel cap cut-out could be improved or made bigger, though this might not be an issue for everyone; it'll depend on the design of your shoe. At $75 / £59.99, you'd be well-advised to try before you buy; it's a significant outlay when comparable alternatives can be bought for much less.

Reasons to buy
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    Breathable

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    Warm

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    Good fit at ankle

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    Well-made

Reasons to avoid
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    Misaligned heel pad opening

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Here it comes, the unpredicatbale and potentially grim British winter... when time taken to get dressed for a ride needs to be factored into your schedule, not to mention the palaver of peeling off damp and dirty layers at the end of a ride.

Booties are unquestionably a great piece of kit to protect both your feet and shoes. Finding the perfect pair isn't always easy though. You can end up with something that's baggy, or at the other extreme, stretched to its limit and straining its seams, potentially pinching above the ankle too. Alignment of the cleat and heel cap openings is paramount and there's also the important detail of just how easy they are to get on and off.

I tested a couple of the best cycling overshoes last year, Sportful's WS Reflex 2 is my first pair this year. By comparison, it has a lot going for it in terms of performance.

Sportful WS Reflex 2 Bootie: construction

The WS Reflex 2 is primarily made from Gore-Tex’s Infinium, a four-way-stretch windproof and water-resistant fabric.

A neoprene trim runs around the sole and up the rear of the bootie. There's also a raw neoprene trim at the ankle opening to help prevent water ingress.

The toe, underside and heel box are made of a robust, rough material.

Inside there's a soft, fleecy lining.