Overshoes, waterproof socks: Both? Neither and just get wet?

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  • My feet, socks and shoes were soaked this morning. How should I combat this problem (I am an all-weather cyclist)?

  • in the heart of winter i wear overshoes and all manner of stuff to make my commute more bearable.

  • I would say overshoes but under heavy rain you gonna get wet anyway! ;)

  • Which overshoes do you use?

  • i just get wet really - get to work shower get dry

  • Waterproof socks are ok but they just tend to fill up from the water running down your legs, even when wearing tights / legwarmers. The good thing about them is that they keep your feet warm, because they are wind proof. So I just put up with the wet feet.

  • AlexS Which overshoes do you use?

    Tesco's carrier bags.

  • Bought some gortex sock the other day but have yet to try them out will report back when I have.

  • I'm a big fan of overshoes (you look like a bit of an idiot mind) but they'll keep most of the wet out while keeping your toes warm. I have pair of the Planet-X ones I picked up for cheap, really can't complain. If you've never owned a pair, then remember that most overshoes are designed to work with cycling shoes and clipless systems, so if you're running something different you may need to ask around, to find what works.

    As Roberto says, you'll get wet anyway when its really coming down but at least your shoes don't fill up with water, which means they'll dry pretty quick and you avoid the worst of it.

  • i got some nike ones, back from when they made cycling gear. i think they stopped recently.

    before that i had decathlon ones, they were great, till i crashed in kent and ripped them apart. and my leg.and my face. the rain got in then.

  • peejay78 i got some nike ones, back from when they made cycling gear. i think they stopped recently.

    before that i had decathlon ones, they were great, till i crashed in kent and ripped them apart. and my leg.and my face. the rain got in then.

    what you talking here bout here peejay, socks or overshoes?

    • thinking Decathlon's pretty near my work *

    edit thinking about it, ripping apart socks from a crash would be pretty difficult, ignore me!

  • er....

    i can see your synapses working there.

    but yes, overshoes, decathlon. very good. in fact, decathlon very good for all sorts of cheap stuff.

  • get wet!

  • hippy, why not just cross post that in every other thread ever?

    oh, you already did.

  • That was my plan.. someone beat me to the last one though..

  • curses on them, their children shall be odd shapes and sizes, with bunions.

  • If my memory worked I'd remember that insult and use it as if it were my own.. :D

    BTW: I use toe-warmers when it's really cold. Stops the air getting in my well-vented shoes. Also use polypro socks coz someone told me they were warmer than cotton ones. Can't really notice the difference though. Maybe it only comes into play because they dry quicker? Never used overshoes or waterproof socks and I'm not one to shy away from shit weather.

  • Overshoes are the business. If you have them overlapping whatever you're wearing on your legs water will run down into them, but not very much at all in comparison to not having them.
    I wear waterproof trousers when it's lashing down and then the water doesn't run into them - when I got home today the only wet parts of me were my head and my hands!
    The advantage of overshoes is that your shoes don't get wet, which obviously they do if you are wearing waterproof socks.
    I bought BBB brand from Parker International, and they seem OK.

  • The temperature isn't that low at the moment, but when it gets really cold you're going to want some overshoes or something, otherwise you are entering a world of pain. Having said that, if you are only riding short distances you can get away with it. I use ones that only cover the toes - since that's the bit that suffers the most. Adidas do them, and Assos if you're feeling flush.

  • Stop being a fanny! Just get wet and take a change of clothes in a waterproof rucksack!

  • Much as I hate to play the stereotypical Scot, I'm so tight that I actually used to use carrier bags between two pairs of socks. Whatever Sainsburys were thinking about when they made their poly bags, it wasn't breathability.

    Do yourself a favour and get a pair of neoprene overshoes. Wear them with tights and you'll be as close to watertight as any grown man needs to be. They'll keep you warm on cold days too, cos unless you're pottering along like a fat man on a mountain bike, your feet'll get bloody cold.

    Is there such a thing as winter cycling shoes? You know, without all the mesh panels and ventilation.


  • The Sidi Hydro GTX features Gore-Tex technology with billowed tongue to keep your feet toasty warm and dry.

    The outer upper layer by the ankle area is constructed of neoprene material to lock out the cold.

    The inner layer features a insulated liner to retain your heat.

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