Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

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Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby sloblock100 » 4 Oct 2014, 11:43am

Hello all.
I got back into cycling around 18 months ago and pedal around 2-250 miles each month around the Swansea/Gower coast on a Boardman Pro hybrid.

I have really decent studded pedals which is my preference over clipped in pedals. (4500 miles done since Jan 1st 2013)

My question is this:
I have decent waterproof kit for my body and legs (Altura Night Vision jacket and overtrousers) but need something to prevent my feet from getting wet as I quite enjoy going out in the rain.

I know you can get all sorts of overshoes for 'clipped in' pedals but I was wondering is there a solution for us 'pedal amateurs' out there?
I saw these on Tredz and thought they may fit the bill:-
http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Altura-Night-Vi ... _49882.htm

Any suggestions welcomed.
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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby Psamathe » 4 Oct 2014, 12:08pm

sloblock100 wrote:I saw these on Tredz and thought they may fit the bill:-
http://www.thegoodwillout.com/casio-g-s ... -blau.html

I doubt it - it is a link to a wristwatch.

Ian

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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby sloblock100 » 4 Oct 2014, 12:51pm

Psamathe wrote:
sloblock100 wrote:I saw these on Tredz and thought they may fit the bill:-
http://www.thegoodwillout.com/casio-g-s ... -blau.html

I doubt it - it is a link to a wristwatch.

Ian

Thanks for pointing out my schoolboy error.
Hyperlink now amended.
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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby nickpaton » 4 Oct 2014, 9:06pm

Welcome to the forum.

Be aware that if you have larger trekking/MTB shoes, you need appropriately larger gaiters. I cannot comment specifically on the Altura ones, but I wear Shimano MT91's and use Vaude gaitor overshoes http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/vaud ... aid:481109
Note there is a version with a longer calf section, but these are fine if you're wearing waterproof trousers.

I wear my waterproof trousers over the gaiters so water from the trousers flows over the outside of the gaiters, rather than the other way round which could cause water to run inside the gaiters and possibly find its way inside my shoes. It's worked well so far!

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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby sloblock100 » 4 Oct 2014, 9:34pm

nickpaton wrote:Welcome to the forum.

Be aware that if you have larger trekking/MTB shoes, you need appropriately larger gaiters. I cannot comment specifically on the Altura ones, but I wear Shimano MT91's and use Vaude gaitor overshoes http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/vaud ... aid:481109
Note there is a version with a longer calf section, but these are fine if you're wearing waterproof trousers.

I wear my waterproof trousers over the gaiters so water from the trousers flows over the outside of the gaiters, rather than the other way round which could cause water to run inside the gaiters and possibly find its way inside my shoes. It's worked well so far!


Thanks Nick, they look just the ticket.
I tend to just wear ordinary trainers when I am cycling.
Decent price as well.
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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby chesterpete » 5 Oct 2014, 6:57pm

What about Sealskins waterproof socks? I find them excellent.

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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby sloblock100 » 5 Oct 2014, 7:37pm

chesterpete wrote:What about Sealskins waterproof socks? I find them excellent.

Hi Petee.
For the last 2 Januarys, I have done a 15.5 mile round trip from my house to Mumbles Pier every day to raise money for Combat STress.
As you may recall, last January was one of the worst we have ever had but I still did it and didn't miss a day.
Some of the weather was just funny it was so windy and wet.
I had Sealskinz and they are excellent but water got in the side of my trainers on a couple of really bad days and I could feel it sloshing around inside.

I really need something to keep water out of my shoes/feet.
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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby Martyn B » 5 Oct 2014, 9:40pm

We did the Way of the Roses east to west on our Bromptons earlier this year, which unfortunately are not (yet) equipped with clipless pedals so we bought a pair of the VauDe gaiters recommended by Nick - we had to use them on several occasions, and on one particular occasion in the Dales the rain was absolutely torrential - they were well up to the task, though, and during the course of the trip, we never once had wet feet, nor was our footwear ever wet. I would also endorse the Sealskinz socks, which I use in combination with DHB overshoes on my road-bikes, all of which are equipped with SPD pedals. I guess the ideal situation is a combination of both, if finances can stretch that far......

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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby PH » 5 Oct 2014, 11:00pm

Eager sports do an overshoe that does the job reasonably well;
http://www.bikeplus.co.uk/p/37890/Eager ... f-Overshoe

But If i wasn't using clipless pedals i'd spend the money on waterproof boots.

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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby nickpaton » 6 Oct 2014, 11:16pm

PH wrote:Eager sports do an overshoe that does the job reasonably well;
http://www.bikeplus.co.uk/p/37890/Eager ... f-Overshoe

But If i wasn't using clipless pedals i'd spend the money on waterproof boots.


I may be wrong, but I think I tried a pair of these with my Shimano MT91 MTB boots and found them too small for this style, and more suited to conventional ones - could be wrong though. Looked good though.
Also, though I'd like a pair of neoprene overshoes, I've not yet found a pair big enough to accommodate my boots.

chesterpete wrote:What about Sealskins waterproof socks? I find them excellent.


They are good, but as has been already reported, they are great at causing water to slosh around inside the shoe even if the foot stays dry. OK, they may be dry, but must feel very cold to say nothing of soggy shoes!!
I wonder that, if you're wearing gaiters, that sealskin socks are slightly OTT other than for their foot warming merino properties, with the waterproof properties (and associated price tag!) being maybe a tad unnecessary?!

It has got me thinking that I should try some thin merino socks as my toes can end up quite cold as the sweat isn't wicked off - I wear everyday socks from M&S - any suggestions?

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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

Postby niggle » 8 Oct 2014, 10:18am

Just a thought: motorcycling overboots are generally fully enclosed including a built in sole.

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Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

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