We've all been there -- cold wet days on trail wondering how long it will be before our feet warm up and finally thaw. Few things can ruin a ride faster than frozen digits, be they on your hands or feet. The Endura MT500 MTB Overshoe helps make those days a distant, albeit unpleasant, memory.
Nylon coated Neoprene forms the basis of this MTB specific overshoe. The watertight Neoprene runs the entire length of the shoe, even meeting inside the zipper to improve impermeability. An abrasion resistant molded rubber toecap protects the end of the overshoe and forms a treaded sole on the bottom, providing traction on slippery, off-the-bike climbs. Kevlar coating on the sole will keep these shoes in prime condition year after year. Full-length zipper down the back provides easy entry. Zipper seams are fully sealed and a locking zipper pull stays in place. Heavy-duty Velcro tab across the top of the zipper provides a secure fit over tights and reflective taping adds visibility.
The Endura MT500 MTB Overshoe is available in Small through XLarge.
I picked up a pair of these last week, and have worn them for riding and commuting in 20-45 degree weather. Overall, I'm very impressed with the quality of the overshoes, especially the rubberized toe. They're not the lightest, and their weight can definitely be felt turning the pedals. I'll keep a lighter pair for mild cold weather riding, but these are going to be my go-to pair for commuting, Mountain biking and bad-conditions riding. I expect them to last years, instead of months like most toe and shoe covers.
As others have said, the stops at the top of the zipper are not equal to the quality of the rest of the bootie. I stopped by a local store that does zipper repairs and had them crimp on heavier metal stops. Easy fix, minimal extra cost.
These things are made as if you were about to traverse the alps! Gone riding in wet weather below freezing without the slightest chill. Beautifully made, far better than Pearl Izumi barrier covers that I have tried in the past. Zipper vs Velcro up the back is much tighter and seals out the cold. But, there seems to be a defect with the zipper stop and one the zippers has fallen off. I am now in contact with Endura for a manufactuer defect and exchange.
These could be the perfect MTB bootie. The sole is awesome and seems super rugged. Great grip in the snow from the rubber toe area and the rear seemed to provide enough of an opening for the treads from my shoes to poke through w/o issue.
They seemed to do a pretty good job at insulation. Probably still not enough to keep my toes alive with my summer shoes and a pair of SmartWool PhD socks underneath w/o chemical warmers once it got much below 20F, but I think I'm going to have to break down and get a set of dedicated winter shoes to accomplish that.
They were true to size, were very easy to get on and off, and stayed put once on. They don't seem to get in the way of cleat engagement w/ SPDs. No snow or mud intrusion and kept my feet dry through large amounts of snow and mud and a couple of creek crossings.
Unfortunately the zipper pulled past the stop as I was putting them on for my second ride in them and my LBS was talking 2-3 weeks for a replacement pair so I wound up exchanging them for a pair of PI Barrier MTB booties. I don't think I like them quite as much as the Enduras (short of the crappy zipper stops).
I'd probably go w/ a set of these over the Pearl Izumi ones if you can be really careful when you're zipping them up.