The Galibier Mistral Toe Covers bring together strong protection, warmth and water resistance. They also come with an impressively low price.
I used to be a huge advocate of overshoes when the temperature drops, but I haven't regularly worn any for a year, instead using toe covers in all but the coldest conditions. They have one big advantage: you can just leave them on your shoes, so you don't need to constantly struggle into a set of thick overshoes because it's a bit cold outside.
The Mistrals are made from a ripstop upper and neoprene base. The uppers keep off all but the worst rain and are also impressively windproof. The neoprene base also helps to maintain insulation and is rugged too, which will help with longevity. During the review all I got was a few scuffs on the bottom, but nothing went through.
Inside, a micro fleece lining adds a considerable amount of warmth, helped by the windproof ripstop upper. They kept my feet warm on all but the coldest days, but even then they can be used underneath an overshoe to add an extra layer of insulation. They are also small enough to easily fit into a jersey pocket if the weather warms up mid-ride.
Putting them on is easy, and the cutout in the bottom worked fine for every cleat I used with them (pretty much all major brands minus Speedplay, although I am fairly sure they would work with those too). Once they're on you can just leave them there without any kind of issue. The openings are reinforced so even if they did rip, it wouldn't make them unusable. They are also longer than other toe covers I've used, meaning a larger proportion of your shoes are protected.
The fit around the shoe is nice and tight without any kind of bunching or creasing. The foot opening is also elasticated, which meant they didn't slide up or down, which was good.
Their £8.90 RRP is a fantastic price – the ones I normally wear cost double that and don't do as good a job, so these really are a great price, helped by Galibier's direct-to-consumer model, cutting out the profit margins normally added by distributors and retailers.
Overall, I really liked these toe covers. They're warm, easy to put on, and cheap, which is essentially all you need them to be.
A high quality set of toe covers that come remarkably cheap
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Galibier Mistral Toe Covers
Size tested: Medium
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?
A set of toe covers designed to keep your feet warm and dry without needing to wear a set of full overshoes.
Galibier says: 'The durable, Windproof material will keep out road spray and your feet warm on spring mornings or autumn evenings.'
They fit this idea, being warm, dry and easy to put on – and leave on – your shoes.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Contoured construction for a sleek, snug fit
Super-compact toe covers – will fit easily into a jersey pocket if the temp warms up.
2.3mm high stretch Neoprene base
Well made with strong stitching, reinforced cutout on the bottom and decent material choice throughout.
They kept my feet warm and dry, even in some soaking and cold conditions.
Well made, likely to last a long time.
The longer design works really well, protecting a larger proportion of the foot, and the elasticated opening helps to keep everything in place.
The medium fitted as expected and the extra long design means there is additional leeway.
Not too heavy, not too light, a good balance.
Warm and fleecy inner helped to keep my feet comfortable on cold mornings.
£8.90 is a great price for something of this quality.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy to care for. I put them through several washes without incident.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, they kept my feet warm and my toes dry, while also being comfortable to wear and easy to leave on the shoes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The extra long design, really nice to be able to protect a larger proportion of my feet.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not a lot to dislike to be honest.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
These give a very strong performance. They're cheap, keep you dry (well, your toes) and comfortable, which all adds up to an exceptional set of toe protectors.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.