Gore WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell Thermo Overshoes

 

Cold, wet feet can be real misery on winter rides, but it’s not something you have to suffer in silence.  We have been testing Gore’s solution – WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell Thermo overshoes, which are made from a thermal lined, totally windproof shell, that is both breathable and water repellent.   

 

Gore WINDSTOPPER Softshell Thermo Overshoes

 

We were really impressed with the Gore WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell jacket (reviewed here) and the use of this amazing fabric in their WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell Thermo overshoes gave us absolute confidence that we could embark on a long training ride, or our daily commute, knowing that our feet were protected, whatever the weather.

 

Gore have designed these overshoes to fit securely around the toe of your cycle shoe, without any bulges or loose material, and the opening around the cleat lets you clip into your pedals without a second thought.  There’s a wide elasticated band that sits to the rear of the cleat opening and this keeps everything secure. Importantly, it was substantial enough that we haven’t seen a hint of wear, or a suggestion that it will fray, even after some serious abuse.

 

We really liked the super sturdy abrasion resistant material that Gore have used under the toe area.  Typically this is where overshoes wear though first, as a result of walking or simply from putting a foot down when unclipping at traffic lights.  In the past we have been frustrated with the need to replace overshoes because this area has completely disintegrated, leaving the toe of the shoe exposed to the elements.

 

These overshoes have reflective logo’s on the outside of each foot, which as well as helping with visibility, makes it quick and easy to select the correct overshoe for each foot.  The zip at the rear locks down and has a reflective tab that can be easily gripped, even with a gloved hand.  Once zipped up, there is a velcro width adjuster that allows for a really snug fit on even the very slimmest of lower calves.  The top of the overshoes is well finished too; the hem is nice and soft and at no time did they feel like they were cutting in.

 

We machine washed them at 30 degrees and were pleased to see that they came out as new, with no bobbling of the hems around the base of the shoe cover – not bad considering the use we have had out of them already this winter!

 

The Gore Bike Wear Road WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell Thermo Overshoes will protect you from a wide range of weather conditions.  The will help your feet stay warm and dry, whether it be sub-zero winter conditions with wind and snow, or simply just keep your feet dry when splashing through the puddles that seem to have become a hazard on almost every winter ride this year.

 

Sizes: 4.5-6.0 up to 13.5-15.00

Colour: Black or Neon Yellow

Price: £49.99

Website: goreapparel.co.uk - windstopper soft shell thermo overshoes

 

Performance: 9/10    

Value for money: 8/10

 

Reviewed by Emma Sainsbury-Munn

 

 

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