While some retreat to indoor trainers or skinny skis during the off season, there's a select bunch of die hard riders that won't give up two wheels and fresh air. For that frosty contingent, Gore Bike Wear offers the Road SO Thermo OverShoes. Not only do these shoe covers offer wind protection, they have thermal properties to keep you comfortably spinning pedals in sub-freezing temps.
A thermal lining retains heat for comfort, and it also pulls perspiration from your socks to help prevent clamminess against the skin. From there, moisture is pushed to through the WindStopper membrane where it's quickly evaporated. The beauty of WindStopper is its unique ability to allow perspiration to escape while stopping cold wind in its tracks. This combination of warmth and wind resistance gives you the ability to use highly breathable, summer-optimized shoes in the dead of winter.
For durability, Gore equips the Road SO Thermo Overshoe with abrasion resistant materials in key areas such as the pedal/sole interface and along the toebox. A rear entry zip make pulling these Overshoes on struggle free, and a hook-and-loop ankle strap ensures you can lock the weather out. As a winter layer, Gore hits the Road SO Thermo Overshoe with plenty of reflective elements for low light safety.
The Gore Bike Wear Road SO Thermo OverShoe comes in five sizes; Small through X-Large and two colors; either Neon Yellow or Black.
My feet get cold in anything below 40 degrees. These shoe covers are the heaviest I have seen out there. I did a 43 mile ride in 23 degrees and although my feet got cold I was able to finish the ride. Any other shoe covers I would have had to cut the ride short. I have used them for a dozen or so rides and so far I am please with the performance. These covers run large, I had to return them twice because they are huge. Wound up with two sizes smaller than my shoe size. Return process was very easy and Backcountry gives you a UPS label, return shipping is free.
Wore them once so far in 20-30 mph winds and 40 degree temps for 18 miles without sun, my feet sweated wearing usual thin cycling socks. Also had on knee warmers and regular shorts to really test these as stand alone items. Quite satisfied, can't wait to take some colder rides knowing I'll have toasty feet. Construction is quite burly and substantial like Booey's teeth, will have these for years to come. Sizing - my shoes are a 10.6 and the 9-10.5 size fit perfectly without stretching. 11-13 was way too big, had to return it.
GORE was not messing around with this one. These are made for the coldest winter rides only - take these out on an early spring spin and your feet will be roasting.
But when the temps hit the 20s and below, these are one hell of an asset. Wind does not get through and interior insulation is left to do its job of keeping those pedaling digits toasty warm.
Reflective details are a nice touch, you can never be too visible on the road.
Purchased these for fat tire snowbiking and snowshoe racing. I only used the booties in one 24K Snowbike race (Noquemanon) so far, but I have only good things to report. I wear size 12 shoe and I bought the Gore booties for 13.5 to 15. They fit my shoe perfect. Temperature at race time was about 15 degrees and my feet stayed toasty warm from start to finish.
I have been using these for the past several winters and I have to say hands down they are the best!! They keep your feet really warm down to temps close to freezing (I usually am not out in temps below 32 degrees), but 32 and to about 45 degrees, I am using these!!
Spend the extra $30 and buy these instead of the cheaper Gore Bike Wear Road Shoes Covers. These are super warm. They keep my feet toasty on 3 hour rides at 45 F. They both have the usual quality construction you expect (and pay for) when buying Gore, but these are much warmer.
These are quite toasty. I road 75 miles in upper 30s/low 40s and my toes/feet never felt cold. I had to return the first pair as they were too large. I had ordered them a size up. Don't!
These were great on my feet. Kept them nice, warm and cozy. They fit great over my shoes and they're easy to get on. Glad I bought them for the coming cold months!
Calls for a pair of wool socks in sub-freezing temps