Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes review

Great overshoes that are warm, dry, and aero

Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes
Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes are a great choice if you're after a pair of overshoes to keep your feet warm and dry in cool, damp weather, that will also save you a few seconds in a time trial too.

Reasons to buy
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    Decent water-resistance

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Reasons to avoid
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    Tricky to get on and off

It’s never a bad thing when you buy a piece of kit for one thing, and it turns out to be great at another thing too. That could well be the case with the Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes.

The likelihood is that most people buying these overshoes are going to be buying them to keep their feet warm and dry through chilly spring and autumn conditions. However such is their aero fit, that the Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes could well be called into time trial duty come the summer months

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Most importantly, these overshoes provide excellent windproof protection. The Profila Wind fabric that almost completely surrounds your foot is almost totally windproof, meaning your feet should stay nice and warm well down into single figures.

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The fabric is also water-resistant. It’s not going to keep you dry for long in torrential rain, but for showers and riding on wet roads it’s more than good enough.

The only problem I found with the Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes is that they’re not the easiest to get on, partly to do with the tight fit, but also because the zip is awkwardly positioned on the inside of the leg. Ok, we’re not quite in Velotoze territory here, but they wouldn’t be the first choice if you were in a mad rush to get to a startline.

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However once on, the benefits of the Bontrager RXL Windshell overshoes are obvious. Not only do they offer great protection, but they sit really tight around your shoe, ankle, and lower leg, making them a great choice of your chasing aerodynamic gains.

Finally, the cleat holes on the bottoms are nice and large so they’re easy to use with all cleat systems and the toe is made from a reinforced material to prevent wear over time.