You’re getting ready for your commute to work, and it’s positively pouring outside. Grab your rain jacket and slip the GORE Bike Wear City Overshoe over your casual or bike shoes.
Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric blocks rain and mud
Back hook-and-loop system helps with width adjustments
Bottom cut-outs comply with all current pedal systems
Overshoe folds down for easy packing once you get to work
Ideal for MTB and casual shoes
[shell], [sole] 76
[main] zippered, [back] hook-and-loop
GORE Bike Wear
US Men's Shoe Size
6 - 8
8.5 - 10.5
11 - 13
US Women's Size
7.5 - 9.5
10 - 12
EU Shoe Size
38 - 41
42 - 44
45 - 47
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I'll give these 4 stars. Totally as advertised; completely waterproof and the little velcro tab on top helps pull in some access material as these are quite roomy.
I have these for commuting and I use a set of Gore Race Powers for my road shoes. Both are sized the same and both are way off in the size range they are stated to fit.
A couple negatives: why are these so freakishly high? I find it totally unecessary. The Race Powers are much lower, as are all other overshoes I've ever used. Also, build them so that uppoer cuff can be done up a bit tighter as it'll do a better job sealing out moisture for longer (when you are wearing these with bare legs in pissing rain, for instance, in an effort to keep your shoes dry...it will work for along time if that upper seal is good).
Now for the sizing. I am copying and pasting my opinion of how a sizing chart for these should read from my Race Power Overshoe review:
S = 39-41EU / 5.5-7.5US M = 41.5-43.5EU / 8-10US L= 44-46EU / 10.5-12.5US XL= 46.5-48.5EU / 13 - 15US
If you have really narrow/low volume feet you could likely drop a 1/2 size or 0.5EU from the above recommendations, for instance I wear a 44EU in everything (US10) and I use size M in these. The L's are just a touch too big.
We'll see how the Kevlar parts of these wear over the long haul. I know from experience with overshoes that the velcro parts last extremely well.
Every year for the past 15 years, my friends and I do a 350 mile, 5 day bicycle tour from Lansing Michigan to the Mackinaw Bridge. The 1st 14 years, we only ever had a short sprinkle while riding. There have always been rainy nights, but never an entire day of rain.....until last year. In fact, it rained every day, and there was a two hour driving rain on day 2.
This year I decide to taunt the universe by purchasing an entire set of rain gear. I assumed my large outlay of cash would prevent the rain. I was however wrong. Though this years weather was much better, we did get a heavy rain on day 4. Anticipating the rain, I stowed my rain gear in my rear pack. Once the rain started, we pulled over and I donned my rain gear including the City Overshoe.
The overshoe fit great (I purchased the 11.0 - 13.0). I spent about a week looking for a non-insulated shoe cover. When it rains in this part of the country in August, it is usually warm and extremely humid. It has a simple velcro closure in the rear. The front wraps around the bottom of the shoe and tappers at the rear where it just wraps around the rear of the shoe. Clipping in and out is not a problem.
The customer service is excellent. Never having ordered from Real Cyclist, I used the on-line chat to inquire about availability. The e-mail updates were humorous and timely.
I'd start with the smaller size... it may be snug, but the entire back is velcro, allowing for a good amount of adjustment. My fear with the bigger size is that it will be too baggy and let wind / rain in the cracks!
If the smaller one doesn't quite cut it, you can always exchange - Realcyclist is great about that!
The City only comes as a shell, however the Race Power Thermo over shoe is insulated and full Gore-Tex (windproof/waterproof!). The Oxygen Thermo is also insulated, but is WindStopper (windproof / water resistant).
Very Nice for cold weather. I wore these at around 29 F with ice around on the ground. My feet stayed very nice and warm after an hour on the road. The worked on shoes without cleats just fine. Plenty of room for cleats too. Have not tried them in the wet yet.
I have to say I am becoming a fanboy of Gore Bike Wear. I ride year round and when it gets cold I have always had problems keeping my feet warm, until now. These covers are super easy to put on completely windproof. My feet have never felt better. I wore these on a recent trip to Bend OR where I rode in temps down to -4 and my feet were toasty and dry. ( I was also wearing a Gore jacket and gloves so the rest of me was warm as well)The sizing is spot on and the quality is what I have come to expect from Gore. If you ride when it is cold then you need these shoe covers