The Showers Pass Club Shoe Covers are designed to protect feet and expensive footwear on the wettest rides. Arguably the most convenient shoe covers I've used to date, they fit in a flash but their thin materials with zero insulation means they aren't really suitable for mid-winter riding.
The Portland, Oregon-based brand has opted for a lightweight nylon and uncharacteristically generous cut. This ensures they'll fit over everything from brogues to booties and slip unobtrusively into a pocket when not required.
Stealth black complements the entire wardrobe and is tempered with intelligently positioned 3M reflectives. Even at variable town cadences, these grabbed driver attention from around 150 metres, nearer 250 when hustling along unlit roads on clear nights.
The taped seams, waterproof zippers and elasticated cuffs keep Mother Nature firmly outside and also passed my hosepipe test very convincingly. Rubberised soles feature sensible reinforcement around the heel and toe box; their dimpled texture provides good grip on slippery surfaces, including decking. That said; keep pottering to a minimum, or those soft compounds will wear swiftly.
Showers Pass acknowledges that most of us use step-in pedal systems some, if not all of the time. They also suggest cutting the sole to accommodate cleats, though doing so voids their two year warrantee.
I rode ours stock for 150 miles before practicing my scissor skills. Showers Pass's sizing is accurate, so you can buy on-line with confidence. Our large samples were absolutely bang-on for my size 43/44 feet. Donning them couldn't be simpler, even wearing winter weight gloves, thanks to generous zippers and oversized tags.
Sustained, heavy rain and blustery conditions didn't get a look in, or cause them to flutter like bin-liners on sweeping descents. With temperatures hovering around double figures, fibres breathe reasonably proficiently, avoiding any clamminess. Closer to zero and thicker socks helped, although traditional/coated neoprene overshoes knock them into a cocked hat.
Little changed when cut for cleats, although full-on submersion in deep puddles resulted in minor, localised dampness This was easily overcome by slotting some thicker laminated card between insole and drillings. Technically hand-wash only, ours appear tolerant of 30 degree machine washing using soap flakes/comparably gentle detergents.
Don't be mislead by the middling score, these are great for milder, wetter conditions and extremely user friendly. However, most British riders buy overshoes with winter in mind and prioritise designs that will keep feet warm when the mercury plummets.
Excellent choices for wet and relatively mild conditions but wouldn't be my first choice for midwinter
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Make and model: Showers Pass Club Shoe Cover
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
'Lightweight waterproof nylon shoe covers keep street or cycling shoes clean and dry. Zippered side closures with hook and loop tabs for easy on/off and fit adjustability. Water–resistant, reinforced, cleat–adaptable coated nylon soles. Simply cut sole with scissors to wear with cleats'.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Water Resistant
* Cleat Adaptable
* Light Weight
Taped seams, waterproof zippers and elasticated cuffs
Water repelling qualities are very impressive.
Rugged materials and good quality of construction relative to weight.
Superb in mild, wet weather but cannot compete with treated/neoprene models when temperatures really tumble.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the Club shoe covers are excellent options for milder, wet weather, accommodate a much wider choice of footwear and pack really small. While an obvious choice for everyday commuting and touring, protection against chill is vastly inferior to coated/neoprene models.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Intelligent design that accommodates a much wider variety of footwear types.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
While not overly susceptible to cold feet (and mine have certainly stayed dry throughout) they're not particularly warm either, which is likely to alienate those looking to buy a single set of overshoes for all conditions. Enclosed sole is a double edged sword too-especially since most of us run step-in systems, some, if not all of the time.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, great for wet rides in milder temperatures.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? In the above context, definitely. However, there are better options for cold weather.
Age: 40 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)