I may have looked like a lost scuba diver today out on the Witshire downs but my feet were dry and warm.
The last few weekend outings on the hardtail with the Shimano SPDs and the Specialized Primo shoes have resulted in a cold feet. While the SealSkinz socks have kept my feet dry the sock and shoe has managed to hold plenty of cold water and this has meant my feet were encased for much of my ride in freezing water. This week I bought a few new Endura items to keep the cold at bay.
I decided to ditch the SealSkinz today and put my faith in the advice form my LBS (www.bertiemaffoons.com of Marlborough) and Endura. The BaaBaa Merino double thickness socks had already been put to use yesterday when I went to our local Christmas lights switching on and had to walk and stand around in the cold for a few hours. But a few hours on the bike was going to be the real test – and they stood up well to the task at hand.
As a rider who prefers to wear baggie shorts and flat shoes I won’t deny thinking I looked a bit silly with the overshoes on, but after a damp, cold ride today I am more than happy to wear them now knowing they serve a very good purpose. The combination kept my feet warm by keeping the freezing water away from my socks and shoes and insulating against the cold sub zero wind chill. The current trend is to have a one piece construction removing the weakness of velcro or zippers. This means they are a little more water tight but it is tough to stretch them over your shoes. It was all worth it though as once they were peeled off at the end of the ride (as you can see below) the shoes underneath were still dry. This was £28 well spent as it no only kept my feet warm and dry, it will also prolong the life of my shoes.
If you ride clipless (still don’t fully understand that term) then I would totally recommend you try overshoes for wet and wintery rides.
Here’s the specs from Endura:
- High Stretch fabrics provide zipperless access
- Superstretch waterproof thermal neoprene upper heel/cuff
- Tough Nylon faced neoprene upper front
- Reflective logos on heel/toe area
- Reflective heel pull tab for easy access
- MTB and Road Cleat compatible sole
- Stretch abrasion resistant sole/heel