Nothing spoils a ride more for me than cold feet and over the years I’ve tried all sorts of solutions; from plastic bags inside my shoes through to multiple pairs of socks, until I wised up to overshoes.
Coming from a mountain biking background I used to shun overshoes, until I actually tried a pair and now I’ve got several and have added Shimano’s new S3000R overshoes to the collection. They’re made from a 3mm-thick neoprene with a water resistant polyurethane coating.
This pair is from Shimano’s Stand Out from the Pack Hi Viz Series (they’re also available in black/blue) and there’s no denying that the neon yellow finish is bright. And if that isn’t enough to get you noticed on the road there’s also a small Scotchlite reflective tab at the heel, at the base of the zip that runs up the back of the overshoes. There’s also a Velcro strap at the top of the overshoes that closes over the zip pull and stops it from rattling.
The zip stops short of the base of the overshoe and that means the overshoes can take a little maneuvering to pull into place – perhaps over time as the neoprene ages it will become more supple and getting them on will be easier – but once there my size medium pair provided a close and secure fit.
Being neoprene with taped seams and a protective PU coating, there’s no immediate water ingress, and the fabric is windproof, too, so there are no untoward drafts. The close fit also means that there’re no gaps around the top for a breeze to find its way in and the overshoes have kept my feet warm in near-freezing temperatures. No overshoe is completely waterproof – rain will find a way in eventually – but these do a good job at keeping foul weather at bay.
A particularly nice touch is the textured stitching under the toes. It might not seem much but it makes a difference when you have to dab a foot down to steady yourself at traffic lights. There’s no worries about my foot slipping and it offers additional protection against wear and tear, as I always seem to wear through overshoes just below the toes. The stitching is also reinforced around the cleat and heel openings.
At just shy of £40 the S3000R overshoes are not a cheap option, but that is countered by the quality of their construction and the knowledge that they are not only windproof and water resistant, but warm, too.