A great pair of overshoes that will see anyone through the autumn, winter and early spring with warm and comfortable feet, and will last for many, many miles on the bike
High levels of waterproofing
Kevlar toes and heels add to the robustness
They will eventually start to lose their shape/structure, but much more slowly than others I've used
The GripGrab RaceThermo overshoes are advertised with a temperature comfort range down to 0°C but they have coped just fine on sub-zero commutes and early morning winter rides.
It's unlikely that any overshoes will ever be entirely waterproof, especially when you factor in seepage from the top via your leg warmers and spray coming up through your shoes, but these come pretty close.
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When wearing the high vis versions, the 2mm waterproof neoprene construction has seen off rain and road spray without trouble, and despite riding in some heavy downpours a number of times they haven’t yet been breached directly from the rain.
On a particularly wet ride in South Wales whilst wearing the black pair, the downpour, puddles and road spray did eventually see the water reach my socks, but the neoprene overshoes retained heat regardless and my toes stayed nice and warm.
The hi-vis options are great for urban riding or for an added bit of visibility in the lanes. However, there’s also something on offer for those wanting a more understated choice thanks to these also coming in black.
The Kevlar reinforcements to the toes and heels keep the overshoes in place and help maintain their shape and structure.
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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.
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