Assos fuguBootie $228.95
Say yes to warm feet
Fugu, the exotic puffer fish, is a lighthearted jape at how cyclists need to dress in the winter. The irony is deliberate. While winter Assos apparel, like this fuguBootie, are a bit bulky by comparison to other Assos pieces, they're lighter, thinner, and sleeker than other togs on the market. And we're happy to say that the fuguBootie doesn't deviate from this standard.
Assos' fuguBootie is largely comprised of 2.5mm neoprene. The ankle cuff is slightly higher, with a gripper to seal your socks and shoes from the elements. There's a cutout on the bottom for your cleat and heel pad. For extra warmth, a layer of strataGonLight has been added to the toe and front part of the bootie. The magic of strataGon is a laminate that does an amazing feat -- the micro-pores that allow sweat vapor to escape through the material close down when they don't sense heat, thus enhancing insulation when your feet need to stay warm. Furthermore, when the temperature in your shoes goes up, the pores open to increase ventilation when your feet need to cool off.
The fuguBootie is part of Assos' climaRange 7. Assos calls this range winterPlus, with an optimal protection range at temperatures around 21-43 degrees Fahrenheit. For ease of use, Assos has incorporated a zipper at the rear of the covers. This zipper is waterproof, and it includes a locking operation lever.
The Assos fuguBootie is available in the color Black Volkanga and in Size 0 (35-38), Size I (38-42), and Size II (43-46).
|US Men's Shoe Size||6 - 9||9.5 - 13|
|US Women's Shoe Size||4 - 7.5||8 - 11.5|
|EU Shoe Size||35 - 38||39 - 42||43 - 46|
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
First, these things look fabulously unique. The pictures don't really show this, but the little coverings on the front poke up into little points so it looks like you are wearing glamorous elf boots.
*** BUT.... these were definitely designed for road shoes, NOT mountain. I ride road, but unlike most people I don't wear road shoes, since I like to be able to walk like a normal person when I'm off my bike. The holes on the bottom of these booties interfere with my clips and make clipping into and out of my pedals slightly awkward. Also, it helps to not do too much walking in these... the fabric on the bottom of mine is starting to get worn a little. ***
Other than that, these shoe covers keep my feet very warm. I have been wearing these with the fuguSocks (and the toe covers, for good measure) for the past couple of months during very cold temperatures, usually in the 30s. I frequently go on night rides in the mid-20s to mid-30's, for usually around 50 miles and I always ride hard. My toes will feel only slightly cold towards the end of these rides.
Concerning the price: These are the only shoe covers I have ever used, so I don't have anything to which I can compare them. I've been pretty satisfied with their performance, but I don't know if there is anything that is better out there (or better and cheaper). BUT... these are the only things that look like glamorous elf shoes.