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Lightweight Waterproof Overshoes

Old 07-26-07, 03:52 AM
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Lightweight Waterproof Overshoes

Hi Folks,

Seeing as how the weather here in london has gone to hell in a handbag, anyone point me in the direction of waterproof overshoes which aren't made of some kind of thick neoprene. I've got a winter set but they're total overkill for what is essentially warm/cool weather but suffering from flash storms. I've come accross some berghaus ones which seem light'ish but I'd prefer zip up rather than velcro up. I've stopped off at Evans (crap, as usual), CycleSurgery (had the berghaus ones but too small) and Condor (which might have something in 3 weeks).

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Max
p.s. the berghaus ones are called Berghaus Achilles XCR Overshoe but they don't seem very popular

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Old 07-26-07, 04:02 AM
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I use Sealskinz socks instead of overshoes at this time of year, totally waterproof but not insulating. Put them over your cycling socks and you won't even notice when your cycling shoes get wet.
I'm up in Yorkshire so I know all about this year's rain!
They've recently released a white cycling-type sock with a coolmax liner and if they are anything like as good as my black ones they'll be superb.
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Old 07-26-07, 04:21 AM
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yeah, I had looked at SealSkinz it but they look really bulky, but I'll have another look. The other nice thing about overshoes is the fact that the shoe stays dry as in my flat I seem to have the devils own job of drying, well, anything. Seeing as how I'm in the shoes 7 days a week (pretty much) that'd be nice.

You lot really aren't having much fun, at least we've got the Thames Barrier, all you've got is a visiting Gordon Brown! Oh, the emergency services and the armed forces not withstanding obviously It is at least producing plenty of comedy pictures of people cycling through deep water (and buggering up their bottom brackets).

Hope the rain stays out of your home!

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Sealskinz....hmmmmm. I also find the neoprene ones to be fairly cumbersome. Especially if I have to carry them in my commuter trunk-bag to work. I have also thought about using plain old plastic bags. I especially like the idea of re-using grocery bags. I've not used them on a bicycle yet, but they have saved my feet a number of times in unexpected cold and wet conditions while hiking in the mountains. They don't breathe, but they keep your foot-wear warm and dry from the outside. Of course, my hiking shoes or boots also need a good airing and drying out after (from the sweat).
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Cheers Max, I live at the top of a hill so it's going to be REALLY bad before I have to buy a boat!
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The lightest and thinnest I've used are the Adistar CP Rain booties
http://www.totalcycling.com/index.ph...in_bootie.html
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I use this stuff. 100% transparent, ultra lightweight, 100% waterproof, single use, wrap on within 10 seconds, one size fits all. You can't beat it!

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asmallsol/sogood: and just tear the holes for the cleats? I can see needing to tape them in place.

I bought a pair seal skinz so we'll see how I get on with those, otherwise those addidas ones look like just what I was after
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