Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell overshoes review

Designed with the unpredictable British winter in mind, these new overshoes from Pearl Izumi offer warmth and a decent amount of wet weather protection. Once you’ve got them on that is…

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Ideally suited to British conditions, the Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell overshoes will keep your toes cosy down to around freezing and your shoes dry through the odd unexpected shower. The Kevlar-reinforced sole makes them durable, although we weren’t convinced by the decision to eschew a rear zip in favour of Velcro.

Reasons to buy
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    Fairly waterproof

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    Durable sole

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Reasons to avoid
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    Vulnerable to heavy rain

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    Awkward rear closure

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The sister product of the excellent Elite Softshell gloves  we reviewed recently, we were glad to find that the Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell overshoes delivered similar levels of performance during rides in inclement weather.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.