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Old 01-08-18, 01:25 PM   #1
Parabolous
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Vessel Workshop Ballistic Toe Covers

Hi all!

tl;dr - Not a review, just complaining about Vessel Toe Covers. The foil trick never worked for me.

Most of my time is spent perusing the C&V section but I thought I'd come here to review/complain about my recent commuting purchase.

I've been commuting on a BikesDirect Gravity G29 SS for about 10 months now. It's not too bad, though I've changed the gearing a little so it's not as spinny, as well as other odds and ends.

About two months ago I purchased the Vessel Workshop Ballistic Toe Covers because I thought they would be a great fit for my flat pedal/toe strap combo. I have Odyssey Twisted pedals with Origin8 toe straps. Both of which were brand new that I pulled off a failed SS project from about, oh...7 years ago.

I received the toe covers about three weeks after purchase. Seemingly good quality, though I've not had any of their other products to compare. Black outer cordura and red inner tarpaulin.

No instructions. They may seem intuitive but I didn't think so upon inspection as they have a seatbelt loop on the underside which I've placed one of the straps (the ones that go through the pedal body) through, unsure whether or not that's correct.

I had been riding in 20-40 degree weather for a few weeks before receiving them, in a pair of Adidas Etrusco. They do seem to keep my toes and feet warmer now in 20-30 degree weather. My hands are always the first to go cold, then face, then toes.

The issue I have with them is that they completely change the placement of the toe straps, pulling them forward because of their awkward design/shape. I've tried adjusting all the straps to no avail. This causes my foot to not have enough strap to get under to wiggle into. It doesn't happen too often but when it does I have to stop and adjust the cover until it will sit in a position that I can get my foot into. They're also beginning to look a little tattered as they rub the ground when walking the bike but that was to be expected.

The Origin8 straps could be an issue but they were perfect before the addition of the Vessel covers.

All in all, I'm disappointed with the covers. I purchased them when they were on sale for $25 USD. Which I believe is what they are right meow. I will include a link to them as well. Still aren't worth the price.

Ballistic Toe Covers ? Vessel Workshop
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