Touring - Shoe Covers
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04-12-08, 11:57 AM
My fiance Tracy has always worn gore-tex socks on rainy days on tours. Last fall, we were riding through 2.5 days of rain in Yellowstone and she began to wonder if there was another option. She likes to only tour with one pair of footwear, so constantly wet shoes are a bummer. Does anyone have experience with any waterproof shoe covers that will fit the athletic shoe style cycling shoes? She wears a shoe similar to the Pearl Izumi X Alp Seek (http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=43&product_id=1239766). Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
04-13-08, 01:24 AM
I have Sugoi show covers that work well enough with that type of show. Not a perfect fit, but good enough. Sorry, I don't have any info about the model.
Another thing to consider, when wearing shoe covers, is making sure that water can't seep in from the sole near the clip. Some shoes aren't waterproof and the water splashing around under your feet will end up seeping in under your sole. I've fixed this with a strip of duct tape under the sole.
04-13-08, 10:44 AM
I also only bring one pair of shoes on tour. I like platform pedals and I save the weight of an extra pair of size 14's. I tried some stretchy covers from Performance and couldn't get them over my big shoes. Then I found these: http://images.mec.ca/media/Images/Products/CyclingClothing/5009241s_v1_m56577569830662718.jpg available at MEC (http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442618318&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302692723&bmUID=1208101223189). They cost $29 Canadian (about $28.45 US) and the shipping was pretty expensive, but they have turned out to be just the thing. They're easy to put on when it starts to rain, you don't need to cut anything to fit cleats, and they work. Walking around camp with them on is a little bit schlumpy, but they kept my shoes dry.
04-13-08, 02:05 PM
Thanks guys. The MECs fit exactly what I'm looking for. I'll bite the bullet and pour some de-valued dollars into those guys.
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