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Endura Shoe Covers - Review long term

Old 04-08-11, 10:37 AM
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Endura Shoe Covers - Review long term

I could not locate a review section so if the mods want to move this please do.

This is a review for the Endura Luminite Overshoe


I purchased the shoe covers in December of 2010. I was tired of riding in the rain with plastic grocery store bags on my feet. They helped keep my feet drier than not having them, which isn’t saying much.

I commute 20 miles roundtrip using clips and straps every day regardless of weather. My commute shoes are lightweight hikers from Merrell. They are large and work well for my purposes.

I saw these in a smaller size at an LBS and liked the reflectivity (ENDURA and stripes on the sides, front, and rear), ease of entry, and the need to not have to use shopping bags. I bought an XL because that is what would fit my shoes. The covers do stretch about 1/8” – 1/4". I bought the XL size because the shoe is large and the L just did not fit well. The XL was a tug, but it loosened up.

The anatomy of the cover is interesting in that it has a full Velcro on the back and over the heel, a Velcro strap at the midsole and an elastic strap and toe pocket at the front.

The reasons I purchases this cover are as follows:
• It was what I could find that would fit the shoe;
• It has/had reflective pieces on it, which is great in December when it is still dark;
• It promised to keep my feet dry.

The covers started off great. They kept my feet warm and dry, they fit well, and they had good reflectivity. There were a few soakers that nothing was dry, but I do not fault the cover for that. Even something that has a waterproof membrane such as these will eventually reach maximum capacity.

Within the first 45 days I noticed the right side cover’s elastic toe strap wearing through. Eventually the strap broke leaving the cover only secured by the toe pocket. The left toe strap started to fray, but has not broken yet. The left and right covers rear Velcro enclosure has a tab on the heel that locks the Velcro in place. Since December this has been the weak point. It either folds over or does not latch deeply enough. The right side rear reflectors have peeled off and been lost.

The covers are now showing signs of wear; more significant on the right than left. The right cover has lost all its reflective backing, the heel does not seem to want to Velcro correctly, the elastic toe strap has broken and worn away, the elastic toe pocket is failing causing the cover to bunch and ride up the shoe. Both covers are showing signs of wear on the inside near the crank arm, holes and wear marks are now starting to show.

To summarize these will work great if you do not live in the PacNW where it rains constantly and you have to wear these on every ride. They are light and packable. I wouldn’t doubt that these will last in another part of the country for longer than a winter riding season. Here though it just isn’t in the cards.

In short these do not Endure. I paid $45 for them and I wish I would have received more than 1 winter’s worth of riding from them. I doubt that they will get me through next fall. I may have to spend twice the amount and go to the Goretex cover.
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Old 04-08-11, 12:56 PM
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Thanks for the review. I've alternated between some low-top gore tex like hiking shoes and some regular keen sandals, which dry out quick, coupled with wool socks and sandwich bags if needed. I ride 20 miles round trip and go with straps.
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Old 04-08-11, 01:55 PM
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Just about every shoe cover is going to fall apart if you do anything in them other than ride with clipless pedals.

Have to stop and put your foot down? Have to dismount and walk any? Ride with toe clips? Then you get to watch your shoe covers disintegrate.

The only ones I've ever had last more than a few months of solid use are a pair of Shimano Pro Ventura ones - even at a $79 or so list price, they're well worth it. But even then I doubt they'd last long at all if you ride with toe clips.
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Old 04-08-11, 02:06 PM
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I have a pair of the old-style Performance fleece booties. They have a rubber sole and rear zipper. They've lasted 2 seasons so far and I've got no reason to think they won't last a few more. Unfortunately, they changed the design.
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Old 04-08-11, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
I have a pair of the old-style Performance fleece booties. They have a rubber sole and rear zipper. They've lasted 2 seasons so far and I've got no reason to think they won't last a few more. Unfortunately, they changed the design.
The newer style might be the kind I have. It has a rubber sole and a rear zipper, but the upper is made from neoprene.

They're the only shoe cover I've owned that hasn't started falling apart within a couple of weeks. You would think the nylon or kevlar sole of the bootie would go first, from putting your foot down, but often it's the zipper.

I'm not completely satisfied with them though, because they're heavy, bulky, sized small, a pain to get on even when purchased large, and they're pretty stiff as well. They are warm though, they don't fall apart, and they don't cost $300 like winter clipless boots. Leaving them on the shoe all the time instead of taking them off after every rides prevents a lot of hassle.
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I bought Endura shoe covers at a sale because after 3 years and many rainy commutes, my Gore covers were pretty ragged at the bottom. Anyway, on the first wet ride the Endura covers failed miserably to keep my feet dry. Heavy spray seemed to go through very rapidly. This never gave me a problem with the Gore covers, so I was surprised, since the Endura covers fit well and looked well sealed. I haven't tested them to understand why, but bottom line is they did not do the job. The Gore covers are super dry. The wear at the bottom probably of just about any cover can be reduced substantially by coating the Kevlar with Silnet. Breathability isn't great but who cares down there? Incidentally, a cheaper version of Silnet can be made by thinning clear silicone RTV sealant with low odor paint thinner. Brush it on brand new or well washed fabric for best results.
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