Warm and water-resistant, but not the most durable
If you’re in the market for a good pair of overshoes to see you through the winter months, then you could do an awful lot worse than the Sportful WS Bootie Reflex overshoes.
The WS in the name denotes that these overshoes are made from Gore’s Windstopper fabric, so as you might expect, the Sportful WS Bootie Reflex overshoes are really in their element when it comes to riding in cold, dry conditions. There’s plenty of insulation to keep you warm and great wind protection, so I’m yet to get cold feet when riding through temperatures down to and below freezing.
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For riding in the wet, these overshoes aren’t quite as impregnable, but still but up a decent fight against soggy conditions. The neoprene construction isn’t designed to be completely waterproof, so in persistent or heavy rain, the water will eventually seep through. However if you’re just riding in light rain, showers, or just over wet roads, then the Sportful WS Bootie Reflex overshoes will keep you feet nice and dry. And thankfully, even if you’re feet do get wet, the level of insulation on offer by these overshoes mean that you shouldn’t find your feet getting cold.
There are also a wide range of sizes available, with five different options between S and 2XL, which cover everything from a size 38 shoe up to size 46. And the fit is also excellent, being snug enough to make sure that there isn’t loose material everywhere with water getting in at the leg opening, but without being so tight that they become difficult to get on. And if you are having trouble, then there’s a tag at the rear to help you pull them on.
One issue I did have with the Sportful WS Bootie Reflex overshoes is that they’re not the most durable out there. Ok, overshoes aren’t always renowned for their durability, but these ones were beginning to wear away at the heel after only a handful of trips up and down the steps to my flat at either end of a ride.
This is a little disappointing given the £45 pricetag, which is a probably £10-15 over par for this sort of overshoe.
The Sportful WS Bootie Reflex overshoes give good protection of you're riding in cold weather, keeping your feet nice and warm, and will keep them dry when it's damp and miserable too. Persistent rain will eventually get through, but good insulation means this doesn't mean cold feet. A bigger issue is the durability, which leaves a little to be desired.