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Castelli Pioggia 3 Shoe Covers

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Description

In the rain, the Achilles heel of every shoe cover is the closure system. It's far too common for a seemingly acceptable cover to become a rain gutter as soon as the weather dampens. Frankly, we're astonished. That's why the Castelli Pioggia 3 Shoe Covers are a breath of fresh air -- they do what they say they do. With a sealed-seam design and effective ankle closures, the Pioggia 3 Shoe Covers will keep your feet dry when the rain tries to ruin your ride.

The Pioggia 3s have one purpose -- keeping you comfortable in wet weather. To achieve this, Castelli started by applying a polyurethane treatment to the exterior of the covers' fabric. This improves the overall water-resistance, while still allowing a high degree of breathability. For further protection, the Pioggia uses a sealed-seam construction to eliminate any seepage from needle holes. The stretchable quality of the covers' fabric also ensures a durable resistance to either tearing or losing its shape from repeated entries and exits. Along these lines, Castelli included welded, water-resistant zippers to get in and out of the covers. And as we've been boasting, the true degree of separation for the Pioggia 3s is the Nanoflex ankle closure system. The tall cuff is snug and conforming without being restrictive. So, regardless of body type, the Nanoflex will retain a seal to prevent running water from infiltrating the covers.

New to this year, the Pioggia features a light, interior layer of fleece to add to the warmth of the covers. Now, Castelli estimates the Pioggia's effective climate range to be between 46 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit. And knowing that the wet-weather rider isn't afraid to ride in low-light conditions, Castelli also included reflective accents throughout the cover for added visibility.

The Castelli Pioggia 3 Shoe Covers are available in the colors Black and White and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.

Tech Specs

Material:
[coating] polyurethane, [closure] NanoFlex
Closure:
zipper
Compatibility:
road cycling shoes
Recommended Use:
wet weather rides
Manufacturer Warranty:
30 days

Size chart

Fuji Bicycles

 

Geometry Chart

 

Altamira LTD
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

(CS)

Wheelbase

44 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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35

Light and effective but fragile

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

These fit well, but go a size up so you don't tear them trying to get them on. Light and effective in wet Pacific Northwest Fall conditions, but wouldn't use them in heavy downpour. Sadly they are not durable. Had a tear on inside heel after second use from contact with bike crank while riding.

45

These look great and are very useful

    Pioggia means "rain" in Italian. These mid-weight, water-resistant booties are designed for riding in wet weather from 60° F down to the upper 40s.

    PROS: Waterproof polyurethane coated material. High quality YKK waterproof zipper on the side (not up the back). Zipper garage (nice). No cut-out for the heal pad (they did this on purpose to help keep rain out). Great looks.

    3 tips for use: (1) Tape up any vent holes on the bottom of your shoes to prevent wheel spray ingress. (2) Wear these with Castelli's awesome Quindici wool socks. (3) Add Castelli's toe covers underneath for more thermal protection if desired.

    I don't get the terrible reviews below. Yes, these run small. It's Italian sizing. Size up +1, per usual with Castelli.

    And yes, the waterproof material is a little delicate and will rip if you are not careful. My old Pearl Izumi WxB booties did this also. So put these on carefully and size properly!

    Sizing: I wear a 45 in Sidi and Shimano. The XXL here fit my shoes perfectly. With room to get these on without ripping. I think the XXL would work well for sizes 44.5 to about 46.5 or 47.

    A steal at this price!

    Avg. ride time: 40m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
    35

    Low Cost, Low Quality

      The fabric is pretty flimsy. I tore is slightly just putting it on. Also, size up one size. I ordered a large, and they are impossible to get on. They don't have a heal cut out, but that really isn't a selling point for me. If you are short on money and need something to get you through the 35+ degree F days, this would be a good option.

      Avg. ride time: 1h 26m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
      35

      Damp Days

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      Found these to be good for damp, drizzly days. Fairly easy to get on/off. Lack of a heel cutout doesn't bother me, my pair seem to be holding up well. Have yet to use them in a downpour.

      25

      Missing Heel Cutouts

        I want to like these covers but the missing heel cutout is a deal breaker. I've only used it once and already the bottom part is showing wear and tear. At this rate it won't last more than a month.

        Also, it fit awkwardly around my left cleat, making it hard for me to snap into my pedal.

        I'm returning it and buying something else.