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Item # GBW3198

A breathable WindStopper.

While some retreat to indoor trainers or skinny skis during the off season, there's a select bunch of die hard riders that won't give up two wheels and fresh air. For that frosty contingent, Gore Bike Wear offers the Road SO Thermo OverShoes. Not only do these shoe covers offer wind protection, they have thermal properties to keep you comfortably spinning pedals in sub-freezing temps.

A thermal lining retains heat for comfort, and it also pulls perspiration from your socks to help prevent clamminess against the skin. From there, moisture is pushed to through the WindStopper membrane where it's quickly evaporated. The beauty of WindStopper is its unique ability to allow perspiration to escape while stopping cold wind in its tracks. This combination of warmth and wind resistance gives you the ability to use highly breathable, summer-optimized shoes in the dead of winter.

For durability, Gore equips the Road SO Thermo Overshoe with abrasion resistant materials in key areas such as the pedal/sole interface and along the toebox. A rear entry zip make pulling these Overshoes on struggle free, and a hook-and-loop ankle strap ensures you can lock the weather out. As a winter layer, Gore hits the Road SO Thermo Overshoe with plenty of reflective elements for low light safety.

The Gore Bike Wear Road SO Thermo OverShoe comes in five sizes; Small through X-Large and two colors; either Neon Yellow or Black.

Tech Specs

[shell] polyester, 8% elastane 92% polyester, [fabric] 55% polyamide, 35% polyurethane, 10% Kevlar, [lining] polyester, [membrane] WindStopper
Recommended Use:
cycling, training, racing

Size chart

GORE Bike Wear

Socks, Booties & Shoe Covers
US Men Shoe Size 4.5 - 6 7 - 8 8.5 - 10.5 11 - 13 13.5 - 15
US Women Shoe Size 6 - 7.5 8.5 - 9.5 10 - 12 13 - 15 -
EU Shoe Size 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 45 - 47 48 - 50

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very warm and versatile

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I wouldn't ware these in average temps, but for the really cold days, these keep me rolling, literally!

Unanswered Question

Hi. Will the Large fit at European size 44.5 or would you move up to the XL. That seems like it would be too much. Thanks for your help.


Winter Biking

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

I have used these twice. As it gets colder, the wind can make your feet cold when riding long distances and these have made a huge difference. My feet do not get cold or numb when wearing. They are a little bulky and look funny, but allow you to get out on your bike in the cold weather without being elected by the elements. I would buy again.


Gore thermal overshoes

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Easy on, easy off. Have ridden at freezing temp with complete comfort. Very well made!


Workhorse of an overshoe!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

My feet seem to almost always get cold when I ride if the temp is below 50 degrees. Thankfully that is now a thing of the past. These overshoes from Gore work perfectly between 25-50 degrees. The windproofness is perfect, the durability is unmatched, and although they are not water proof they work quite well against the occasional splash of mud/water when I use them on the mountain bike. I recommend this overshoe to anyone that rides in cold temps and needs to keep they're feet dry and warm.



  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Purchased these to replace some worn Neoprene covers. I am amazed at how much warmer these are! The Windstopper does a great job of blocking the wind and the fleece lining keeps things toasty.


Worth Their Weight in Gold!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Yellow gold, that is. I'm talking neon, eyeball-searing yellow! These overshoes allow me to continue cycling all winter (I live at 8,000 ft in the Rocky Mountains with frequent daily highs well below freezing). They are warm, easy to fit over bulky mountain biking shoes, and the color keeps me visible. They fold up small enough to fit in a medium-seat bag or even a jersey pocket (though making for a somewhat lumpy profile). Caution: if you buy these you'll have no more excuses for not getting out on your bike.

I have a pair of the "hard shell" thermo over shoes. I wear a sock over my shoe but under the overshoe & I'm good down to -5 for sure, and usually good down to -10/-13C. But the hardshells dont look like they'll work on a MTB sole, how do these do on a MTB cleated sole???

Responded on

The only issue you would have with a mtn shoe is with the coverage in the front of the shoe. The material would go over the front part of your tread. A couple others to look at might be the Louis Garneau Bimax Shoe Covers Item # LGN0959 or Louis Garneau Neo Protect II Shoes Cover Item # LGN003T, the bottom will fit a mountain shoe a lot better.

Are these waterproof?

Are these waterproof?

Best AnswerResponded on

These are not waterproof but quick drying and water-resistant.

On a side note I suggest you changing your profile name to something other than your email address. This is a public forum and putting personal info out there is as dangerous as leaving your cellphone and wallet out on a bus seat.

Responded on

Great Question

These booties are highly water resistant and windproof Windstopper(R). They are not considered waterproof because they are not seam tapped, but the Windstopper membrane is in essence waterproof. Be confident that with the windstopper membrane and the DWR finish these will keep you warm and dry in all but the wettest conditions!

I am the Gore rep so feel free to reach out if you have any other questions on these.


Very warm

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

These are the warmest shoe covers I've used, and I have a bunch. The Large is marked for sizes 42-44 and fit my 43 shoe snugly. They are hi-vis yellow/green

Avg. ride time: 3h 21m per week
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Great/Warm Shoe covers

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

These were great on my feet. Kept them nice, warm and cozy. They fit great over my shoes and they're easy to get on. Glad I bought them for the coming cold months!



  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

These are quite toasty. I road 75 miles in upper 30s/low 40s and my toes/feet never felt cold. I had to return the first pair as they were too large. I had ordered them a size up. Don't!


Get through the cold months!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

My feet get cold in anything below 40 degrees. These shoe covers are the heaviest I have seen out there. I did a 43 mile ride in 23 degrees and although my feet got cold I was able to finish the ride. Any other shoe covers I would have had to cut the ride short. I have used them for a dozen or so rides and so far I am please with the performance. These covers run large, I had to return them twice because they are huge. Wound up with two sizes smaller than my shoe size. Return process was very easy and Backcountry gives you a UPS label, return shipping is free.



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have been using these for the past several winters and I have to say hands down they are the best!! They keep your feet really warm down to temps close to freezing (I usually am not out in temps below 32 degrees), but 32 and to about 45 degrees, I am using these!!



  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Wore them once so far in 20-30 mph winds and 40 degree temps for 18 miles without sun, my feet sweated wearing usual thin cycling socks. Also had on knee warmers and regular shorts to really test these as stand alone items. Quite satisfied, can't wait to take some colder rides knowing I'll have toasty feet. Construction is quite burly and substantial like Booey's teeth, will have these for years to come. Sizing - my shoes are a 10.6 and the 9-10.5 size fit perfectly without stretching. 11-13 was way too big, had to return it.

can these go over street shoes too?

can these go over street shoes too?

Responded on

I see no reason why you couldn't wear them with street shoes... as long as your street shoes aren't too much bigger then a standard pair of bicycling shoes.


Burly Shoe Cover

    GORE was not messing around with this one. These are made for the coldest winter rides only - take these out on an early spring spin and your feet will be roasting.

    But when the temps hit the 20s and below, these are one hell of an asset. Wind does not get through and interior insulation is left to do its job of keeping those pedaling digits toasty warm.

    Reflective details are a nice touch, you can never be too visible on the road.

    Responded on

    Ben - I just ordered these after trying the Road SO OverShoes (non-Thermal version). The non-thermo version was inadequate in upper 20s/low 30s. My feet were very cold (much more than expected or that I had experienced with an older PIzumi pair. I am returning them and looking forward to trying these out. I hop e your review is spot on so my feet will be toasty!

    Responded on


    Report back and let us know how they work for you!

    Happy riding,


    Do you make any Gore shoe covers for...

    Do you make any Gore shoe covers for runners?


    Fat Tire Snowbiking

      Purchased these for fat tire snowbiking and snowshoe racing. I only used the booties in one 24K Snowbike race (Noquemanon) so far, but I have only good things to report. I wear size 12 shoe and I bought the Gore booties for 13.5 to 15. They fit my shoe perfect. Temperature at race time was about 15 degrees and my feet stayed toasty warm from start to finish.


      Great bootie

        Calls for a pair of wool socks in sub-freezing temps