One of my local bike shop mechanics swore up and down that a clipless pedal system would change my life. I've read about the benefits of both added power transfer from a stiffer sole and the use of extra muscles (hamstrings, hip flexors) that don't do much on a pair of platform pedals. Now I have a feeling this guy was exaggerating a bit, but I'm still looking at a shoe/pedal combo. I've only got one hangup: rain.
With every single cleat-compatible shoe cover, I read about exactly the same complaint -- water spraying up from the bottom gets under the shoe cover and your feet wind up soaked, depsite having a waterproof cover on top. I suppose I could buy a hybrid pedal and then go back to my rubber boots when the rain hits, but is there a way around this problem? I don't want to buy an expensive cycling shoe, plus compatible cover, and find myself with wet feet in the rain. And every single shoe cover I've looked up online has the same run of complaints by people who bought that particular cover.