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Old 10-31-22, 10:03 PM
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Velotoze Hack

I found putting on these things a real PITA. And without fenders in the rain I fond them useless. So for rainy days I am back to neoprene booties and fenders. I modified the Velotoze for ease of taking on and off for riding on wet/damp roads to keep my shoes dry. Should keep my feet a bit warmer on cool days as a bonus. And maybe more aero?


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Similar to the low cut version they make.


...not really sure what you 'hacked' here though.
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These remind me of the old fashioned "rubbers" we would use back in the 1970's on rainy days. Are those still a thing??
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They make a neoprene version as well
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
These remind me of the old fashioned "rubbers" we would use back in the 1970's on rainy days. Are those still a thing??
Those are still made and still go by many different names.
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Old 11-01-22, 09:27 AM
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These remind me of the old fashioned "rubbers" we would use back in the 1970's on rainy days. Are those still a thing??
Sure... google Totes shoe covers (the umbrella company).
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Old 11-01-22, 09:30 AM
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Yeah, the Velotoze aren't really something I'm interested in trying to get over size 14US shoes.
If wet riding was my thing, I'd be doing something like these instead:
https://www.gripgrab.com/collections...ad-shoe-covers
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Similar to the low cut version they make.


...not really sure what you 'hacked' here though.
The low cut are fine for drizzle and road spray but if it’s really raining, you need to cover the tops of your socks or they’ll just wick the rain right into your shoes.
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
I found putting on these things a real PITA. And without fenders in the rain I fond them useless. So for rainy days I am back to neoprene booties and fenders. I modified the Velotoze for ease of taking on and off for riding on wet/damp roads to keep my shoes dry. Should keep my feet a bit warmer on cool days as a bonus. And maybe more aero?


Fenders are a must in the PNW (to me; we have fender deniers here like everywhere). Exposed socks, as stated, are effective wicks in all cases. Exposed socks without fenders equals quick saturation.

For my commute and utility riding, I concur the Velotoze effort isn't worthwhile. 2x on/off daily would suck. I use waterproof hiking boots, flats, and low socks.

But for recreational/sport riding, Velotoze covering socks is workable. I have some Lake winter shoes that add warmth to the story, but are about as much a PITA to put on/take off.

With enough hours in enough rain, water will find a way, then you're just talking about warmth.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Fenders are a must in the PNW (to me; we have fender deniers here like everywhere). Exposed socks, as stated, are effective wicks in all cases. Exposed socks without fenders equals quick saturation.

For my commute and utility riding, I concur the Velotoze effort isn't worthwhile. 2x on/off daily would suck. I use waterproof hiking boots, flats, and low socks.

But for recreational/sport riding, Velotoze covering socks is workable. I have some Lake winter shoes that add warmth to the story, but are about as much a PITA to put on/take off.

With enough hours in enough rain, water will find a way, then you're just talking about warmth.
Exactly. I used to bike commute from Lake City to the Kirkland waterfront and then Redmond for a couple of years in all sorts of weather. Fog I really hated when the temps were near freezing. In those days it was Gortex long pants with neoprene booties, ski socks and fenders. Now retired, I am more selective about when I choose to ride or Zwift instead. A light rain is fine but no more stinking down pours.

The best was a late spring ride when it was warm and not raining and being caught in a thunderstorm near 60 Acres park between Woodinville and Redmond. I went from dry to soaked to the bone in about 10 seconds. All I could do was laugh.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
The low cut are fine for drizzle and road spray but if it’s really raining, you need to cover the tops of your socks or they’ll just wick the rain right into your shoes.
...look at the OP's 'hack'. It's loose up top and cut lower. It's even more an issue for what you describe. I am not advocating for the product I cited, I just compared it.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
...look at the OP's 'hack'. It's loose up top and cut lower. It's even more an issue for what you describe. I am not advocating for the product I cited, I just compared it.
As the “OP”, I stated, “I modified the Velotoze for ease of taking on and off for riding on wet/damp roads to keep my shoes dry”

“So for rainy days I am back to neoprene booties and fenders. “

Riding in my modified Velotoze on a rainy day is ludicrous. Even when they were still high top in heavy rain, without fenders, they were useless. With fenders and hightops might be OK, but am returning to good old neoprene.
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Old 11-08-22, 09:52 AM
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The easiest way to get velotoze on is to put it a sock inside the veltoze first, put the sock on, push your foot all the way through so the velotoze is around your shin, then put your shoe on and put the velotoze around your shoe. Sooooo much easier. I'll see if I can find the video that's floating around and post a link
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