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Because you can't outrun the rain.

Even if you have a good pair of mud guards on the front and back wheel of your bike, your feet are still going to suffer from the amount of water and spray they'll encounter on a seriously wet ride. The Giordana Hydroshield Waterproof Shoe Covers will be your BFFs in wet weather. By using HydroShield, these booties will seal out all amounts of wet and grimy elements.

Heel zippers and Velcro closures beneath the cleats have been incorporated so that the booties will be easy to get on and off without compromising the effectiveness of the protection. And so that no water will start dripping down the tops of the booties, a tall soft elastic reinforces around the ankle. Rubberized reinforcements at the front of the booties will ensure their extended durability and add just that touch more of protection. Reflective inserts have been added at the heels since if you are riding in the rain, you almost certainly will also be riding in low level lighting situations.

The Giordana Hydroshield Waterproof Shoe Covers come in Black and are available in sizes Small through X-Large.

Tech Specs

Recommended Use:
road cycling

Size chart


Sizing Chart

Socks, Gloves & Booties
Standard Socks
US Men's Shoe Size 4.5 - 8.5 8.5 - 13  
EU Shoe Size 36 - 42 42 - 48  
Forma, EXO, Compression Socks
US Men's Shoe Size 5 - 8 8.5 - 10.5 11 - 14  
US Women's Shoe Size 4 - 7 7.5 - 9.5 10 - 13  
EU Shoe Size 37 - 40 41 - 44 45 - 48  
Men's Gloves
Hand Circumference 7 - 7.5in
(17.8 - 19cm)
8 - 8.5in
(20.3 - 21.6cm)
9 - 9.5in
(22.9 - 24cm)
10 -10.5in
(25.4 - 26.7cm)
Women's Gloves
Hand Circumference 6 - 6.5in
(15.25 - 16.5cm)
7 - 7.5in
(17.8 - 19cm)
8 - 8.5in
(20.3 - 21.6cm)
9 - 9.5in
(22.9 - 24cm)
EU Shoe Size  6-8.5 8.5-12  
How to Measure:
Use your shoe size to find your sock size.
Measure the circumference of your hand around the widest part of the palm not including the thumb, just below the base of the fingers. Giordana gloves are race style, if you have "fat" hands you may want to size up.

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Rain for days, dry shoes for days

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

These shoe covers are a must have for anyone who likes to bundle up and head out into the storm but are small enough to store in a jersey pocket if you're out for a ride and there is rain in the forecast. I put these guys through the wringer riding in some gnarly rain storms on the central coast of California and post ride when I took them off my shoes were dry and clean.

I would probably not wear these for cold weather riding but for heavy rain and temps around 40-50 degrees, these are perfect. I wear a size 42 shoe and a medium fits tight but comfortable.

Only downside to these (and the reason for only 4 stars) is that once you put them on, adjusting your shoes is impossible. I wish there was a flap or something so I could reach down and loosen or tighten my shoes throughout the ride with ease. Other than that, great covers!

Rain for days, dry shoes for days

Not Impressed!!!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: large

Ankle area is to small which does not allow for the zipper to zip to the top. Afraid to force it may break the zipper. Had to return item

Poor quality

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I tried them on when I first got them in the mail and the zipper broke, so returned them. It also looked like the seams would also come apart with little use. The part that goes around the ankle is way too tight to the point where it was uncomfortable to wear just for a few minutes. I wear a size 42 and purchased a large. I would not recommend these to anyone.

Avg. ride time: 1h 59m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Torn on the first use. I love giordana equipment, but this was total junk. I should have listed to these warning but the deal was so good I ignored it. Shame on me!.

exactly what it is supposed to be.

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

I am 5'11'' and 145lbs. I have pencil thin legs and wear a size 44 SIDI or size 43 Shimano.

I wanted some watertight/water resistant booties in case I was caught in the rain and these seemed to be a good choice. There were many to choose from, but what I wanted was a nice, tight seal around the lower leg so water wouldn't drip in.

Upon reading the reviews here, I was concerned about the shoe cover being too small or too tight or even the level of water resistance not being that great.

I was hesitant at the least to buy this bootie, but I went for it, knowing that backcountry has a great return policy.

THERE IS A TRICK (if you want to call it that) to putting these things on correctly and I figured this out immediately.

First, you put the shoe cover on over your foot WITHOUT(or before) the shoe. Then you put the shoe on. Then you secure the bootie around the edges of the shoe and finally, secure the neck around your lower leg. It works beautifully.

These shoe covers do not run small, as some would like to think, you just have to put them on correctly. It's really not that hard. I bought the size large and my size 44 SIDI and size 43 SHIMANO work just fine. It's a tight/snug fit but it's supposed to be. You want these things to keep the water out so they should be snug in some places.

How about water resistance? It's only 18 degrees where I am today so I don't have any rain, but I did turn my kitchen faucet on and let the water run over the bootie with my hand inside so I could feel any dampness or any water dripping through. I held under the streaming water for a solid 5 minutes. Guess what? NOT A SINGLE DRIP CAME THROUGH.

The only problem I could see is that on the bottom of these booties there are several openings: for the cleat, heel pad, etc. There is even a Velcro strap to help secure the bootie when you put it on - to keep it fitting right and snug. The problem is that I could see some water/rain coming up through these openings. I cannot imagine a lot of water would come through but it is possible. Even then, the water is hitting only the bottom of the shoe, not the sides or even the toe. If the shoe has vents on the bottom, I could see some water coming up through there, but it would still be difficult

Bottom line: I am 100% satisfied with these booties. They are not arctic winter booties and are not meant to keep your feet warm in below zero weather, only to keep your feet warm and dry if it were to rain on a 50-60 degree day. As long as you remember how to put these things on correctly, I think you will be just as satisfied.

Avg. ride time: 4h 48m per week
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Dry (But run small)

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

Wore these yesterday on a 40 degree, downpour of a rainy ride. They kept my feet warm enough and and my feet stayed dry enough to survive. Not water tight by any means, but they'll keep the water out long enough for most reasonable rides/conditions.

Only complaint was they run even smaller than I expected them to. I'm a 43-44 shoe size, and the large was SNUG. Highly recommend sizing up.

Seams already ripping

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these booties in the middle of a very long trip when I hit some unexpected cold/wet weather. If I'd been home sooner I would've returned them but I missed the 30 day window because I was away. Wore them 3 times and the seams are ripping in multiple places. They seem to be the right size as I get them on my size 48 Giros pretty easily, but they are not durable in the least. Disappointing....

I love running, but I never do so great...

I love running, but I never do so great in the rain. What can I do to make my shoes last in the rain? How can I protect my clothes and increase my performance in harsh weather?

Best Answer

Hey Annie,

These are more designed to protect cycling shoes in inclement weather. You should be checking out waterproof running shoes, look for keywords like GTX (which stands for Gore-Tex). Here's a link to get your search started.

Please chat or call in as our Gearheads would be happy to make more specific recommendations.

Hey Annie,

Do you work for PMT? I checked out that link and they seem pretty rad.

As far as running in harsher weather you kinda just have to commit to getting wet. What you really want to invest in would be really good base layers or next to skin performance wear that will draw most of the moisture away from your body.

Here are some examples:



If you really can't stand the feel of rain then look into a jacket like MHW2341. If you go for fully waterproof it will trap heat an moisture in while you are running and you will feel wet and clammy anyway.

You might also want to shield your eyes from the rain so that you don't accidentally run into traffic. ICE1108

If you want you can get a pair of shoes with a waterproof membrane like Goretex but personally I just go with a really light and breathable shoe and let the water run through my toes. ASC002K

snug fit but that's a good thing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Large size is definitely snug against a 44 Giro Gauge MTB shoe. Opening the arch velcro helps get them on. Ankle opening is very snug around a skinny ankle, almost to the point that I'm a little concerned about potential circulation issues with my feet. I'm trying them out now and will update with more details later.

UPDATE: Ride home was solid, the zipper garage is tough to get around the zipper once it's on which left the zipper a little irritating against my leg. Over time I think the ankle opening will stretch some.

UPDATE 2: With road shoes the heel of the cover slips completely underneath the heal of the shoe, the toe is already showing signs of significant wear and the seams are ripping. Back they go!


  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

In general, looks like a well made product. The large size fit my 43.5 2013 Specialized S-Work road shoe ok (a little tight - tough to get over the boa dials), but the shoe cover is so tight around my ankles (just above my ankles) that it was very uncomfortable, and I have skinny ankles! The material at the ankle has VERY LITTLE stretch. I realize it's good to have them fit snug to prevent water from leaking in, but these covers would benefit by having an adjustable strap at the top ... just sayin'. I will return for an XL and see if the fit around my ankles is better without being too loose around my shoes. Btw - The sizing on the Giordana website is more accurate IMHO.

Great Rain Bootie

    My husband does a lot of training in the rain. He has skinny ankles so these work perfectly. Usually booties gap on him at the ankles. If you don't have skinny ankles, they might be tight. Otherwise, they are true to shoe size.

    Dry feet

      The ankle is extremly small on these that is the only down side. The fit is perfect on the shoe though. I wear them either way and it they still keep my feet dry, which is a nice change, I no longer want to bail out after 1hr on those cold wet rides.

      Size way small!

        I ordered these with the notion that I was finally going to find a shoe cover that fits my speedplay cleats (fitted way back). I received them as ordered, but to my dismay they were too small! I have Specialized S-Works shoes size 39, and I could get barely get them around the heel. However, that was not the dealbreaker. I have some skinny ankles, and these did not come even close to getting around them. The product is well made, feels great, and looks fantastic. I have no doubt that if it would have fit, it would have suited my needs perfectly. However, it sizes quite small, and for that reason I had to exchange it. I marked it down because Giordana should indicate on their sizing charts that they size quite small. Make sure that you order at least one size larger than you would expect to.

        are these 'forma socks'? what size is...

        are these 'forma socks'? what size is appropriate for size 10 US men's shoes?

        Sorry about the funky size chart!
        The sizing is (per euro shoe size):
        Small: 36-38
        Medium: 39-43
        Large: 44-46
        XL: 47-48

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