Northwave H2O overshoes review

Wet roads are a fact of life all year round in the UK so a mid-weight waterproof overshoe is a useful accessory

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A good quality, durable overshoe which works well in milder wet conditions

For
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    Fabric provides good waterproofing

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    Durable

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    Comfortable fit

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    Low bulk

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Against
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    Not super-warm

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    Base is quite open

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As their name suggests, the Northwave H2O overshoes are aimed at wet weather riding. They only have quite a light Roubaix-style flocking on the inside for a bit of extra warmth, rather than being full-on neoprene or having thicker insulation. This means there’s a lot less bulk than with many shoe covers and they’re easier to get on and off and more comfortable to ride in than some. It also means that they’re good for damp roads when the temperature’s hovering between about 5 and 10 degrees, rather than for really cold rides.

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The polyurethane coating is pretty durable and has stood up to scuffing and washing while the seam up the centre is tape sealed on the inside to keep the rain out. The velcro strap at the ankle helps get a tight fit there so that trickle down from the top is not a problem, although as usual road spray and surface water do find their way in through the sole openings.

Waterproof zips and additional velcro straps help keep water out

Waterproof zips and additional velcro straps help keep water out

These openings are large, with the bottom being open from the reinforced section which fits over the toe right down to the back of the heel, although there’s a central Velcro strip under the instep to keep the two halves together and provide some adjustability.

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At the rear there’s a reinforced patch with a reflective heel loop and reflectives run up either side of the zipper too. This is backed with a storm flap to help reduce water ingress and held together with a Velcro strap at the top.

In summary, these are nicely made overshoes, a good weight for UK conditions and durable. If you don’t fancy orange, they’re available in yellow or reflective black too.

For more details visit the i-Ride website.

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Paul Norman
Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.