Peter B.wrote a review of Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier WxB MTB Shoe Cover on February 4, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Bought the XL to fit a 45-sized Giro show. What is Pearl Izumi thinking about their sizing? This was to replace an older model in XL that fits just fine, but these will likely tear before I can close the velcro in back
Thin fabric, nothing that will keep you warm, or keep you dry if you ride longer than half an hour in the rain.
I commute 6000 miles a year in Wisconsin and need overshoes that work. Their old old model of these was ok for temps down to 30F, or a little lower if you shoved a chemical heater pack in there. With these, you can forget about heater packs, as they are skin tight in the toe area, plus the fabric is even thinner now. I am pretty sure if I tried to stretch it over the whole shoe to close it in the back, it would tear within weeks of use. They are thin and without an air between shoe and overshoe, you won't get much thermal efficiency. I had no idea you could call a fleece this thin "insulating" - a plastic bag over my shoes will likely keep me just as warm, and definitely drier.
Given the price and the size chart and the "fits larger" reviews, I expected better. It will be a long time before I will consider another PI product of any sort after this. Yes, tags are off, I can't send back, and it'll end up in the cycling clothes reject bin or on eBay as new without tags.
And who on earth posted the "Runs Large" review to make people think the size they usually buy will be fine? Given the pair I received labeled XL, a size 45 would need at least an XXL, but that doesn't even exist. Seriously disappointed in a brand that used to fit me in size L at some point, but it appears we have Chinese sizing creep in the cycling world and soon we'll all be wearing XXXL clothes and XXL shoe covers, except this purchase has convinced me to just buy a sewing machine and make my own, as nobody seems to be selling overshoes that actually get used in cold and wet conditions on a regular high mile commute. I need stuff to stay dry for over an hour, and it has to last for a few seasons, especially if it costs that much. Even on sale, I don't see the value here, even if it would actually fit my shoe, this is a flimsy and poorly designed throwaway product. No more step protection between front and back? What happened there? Bean counters feel people will buy more shoe covers from them when they realize the last pair tore up on their pedals from missing the cleats a dozen times? None of this stuff gets tested in the real world, or somebody just makes up something that looks slick and will sell to those who have never used such a product before.
Note the absence of detail photos that would have clearly shown me that this product is not going to last, even if it should fit. Super disappointed and now looking for a sewing machine.