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Heated overshoes that do a good job of taking the sting out of the cold weather
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Ekoi Heat Concept Overshoes
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Ekoi's Heat Concept range consists of these overshoes, and a pair of gloves. Both have the same aim – to keep your extremities from freezing in the cold – and both use a system of integrated heating elements and lithium polymer batteries to achieve that aim. And do you know what? They work.

I mean, it's not like having your feet in a warm bath while you cycle around in sub-zero temperatures all day, or anything like that, but the heating elements in the overshoes certainly do make a noticeable difference to the warmth of your feet on a cold ride. It was pretty easy to confirm this, simply by turning one of the overshoes on and leaving the other one off. At the end of two hours' riding in temperatures not far north of zero, it wasn't hard to remember which foot had been heated. It was the difference between losing feeling in your toes, and being cold, but comfortable.

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The system is straightforward. Each overshoe has two removable batteries (wired together) that fit into pockets at the top of the overshoe. They plug into the heating elements and there's a big rubberised button on each overshoe to toggle through the heating options. Green is the coolest and gives you 5 hours of heating, and then there's yellow, orange and red, by which time the heat has increased significantly and the run time has headed in the other direction: just two hours of riding.

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Ekoi Heat Concept Black Overshoes - detail.jpg

Generally speaking, they're pretty well-made. The battery connections feel a little bit flimsy and it's worth taking care when you're pulling them in and out of the pockets, but I didn't have any real problems. The pockets close with velcro, which started to come undone and had to be re-sewn, which was a bit annoying but not the end of the world. You get a dedicated charger which allows you to charge both batteries at once, but I can't help feeling it'd be a whole lot easier if they used a standard mini- or micro-USB connection, so you could charge them wherever you wanted.

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Ekoi Heat Concept Black Overshoes - button.jpg

The overshoe itself is medium-weight neoprene, with a full zip at the rear and reflective detailing. Neoprene isn't fully waterproof, and although the heating elements are sealed inside the fabric the batteries and the battery connection are prone to getting a bit wet when it rains, as water tends to funnel in from the top of the overshoe. I didn't have any issues with the circuits shorting during use, but if you know you're going to be out in the proper wet it's probably worth giving them a bit of extra protection: a wrap of insulating tape round the connector at the very least, and maybe another waterproof bag for the batteries. The boot has a reinforced toe section and plenty of room for a three-bolt cleat; the middle elasticated section of the base will probably turn out to be a weak point over an extended period, but that's easily mended.

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Ekoi Heat Concept Black Overshoes - batteries.jpg

The Heat Concept overshoes are fairly heavy, especially if you're wearing a heavy winter shoe underneath. I didn't, ironically, as I found the heat from the overshoes transferred to my feet better when I was wearing lighter-weight shoes and socks. It's a bit of a balancing act: if you're planning to use the heating elements for the whole ride then you're better off going lighter on shoes and socks, but if you're only planning to turn them on if things go pear-shaped then you'll want to have your shoes and socks doing the lion's share of the insulating.

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Ekoi Heat Concept Black Overshoes - sole.jpg

Overall, these overshoes are a worthwhile addition to your cold-weather arsenal, and if your feet really suffer in the cold then you'll probably be more amenable to the fairly hefty price tag. Not everyone will need them, but they might be exactly what you're looking for. If they are, be assured that they work pretty well.

Read more: The best cycling overshoes — what to look for and 11 great choices

Verdict

Heated overshoes that do a good job of taking the sting out of the cold weather

road.cc test report

Make and model: Ekoi Heat Concept Black Overshoes

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?

The world's very first heated overshoes with 4 temperature level options (simple press-button selector to choose: 25°/30°/35°/40°C.

You'll never again suffer from cold feet out on a winter ride. And we all know it's what you do in winter that determines what you achieve in summer!

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

4 different temperature levels:

- LED GREEN 25 ° (max. 5 hours run time)

- LED YELLOW 30° (max. 4 hours run time)

- LED ORANGE 35° (max 3 hours run time)

- LED RED 40° (max 2 hours run time)

- Guaranted for 2 years from initial purchase date.

Lithium polymer batteries: 7.4 V: 2500 Ma

Power output at 7.4 volts = 15 watts

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Pretty good, nice chunky button and well made. The velcro pockets for the batteries are a bit fiddly.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

They really do keep your feet warmer. Not warm, but definitely warmer

Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Velcro is snagging and coming loose on internal pockets, batteries seem a bit vulnerable

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

Feel very normal considering the extra bulk

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

About right

Rate the product for weight:
 
6/10

Pretty weighty, especially if you're wearing winter shoes as well

Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10

No real issues, you can sometimes feel the batteries

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

£150 is a lot for some overshoes but that might be a price worth paying if your feet really suffer in the cold

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

I didn't really wash them, just wipe them down

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Pretty well, all told

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They do what they say they'll do

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A bit bulky and the battery connections feel a bit flimsy

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they had real issues with cold feet, yes

Use this box to explain your score

This might be just exactly what you're looking for if your feet always freeze on a ride. They're quite expensive and bulky, but they definitely do a job

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 189cm  Weight: 92kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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nniff [245 posts] 10 months ago
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'Hot hands' hand warmers over the toes of my shoes, inside neoprene overshoes do the trick for me.  For commuting, wrap them up tight in a plastic bag and they go cold again.  Unwrap them and they heat up again. They manage about 4 cycles of an hour and a aquarter like that.  Not hot feet, but not cold either.

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surly_by_name [570 posts] 10 months ago
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I live in the south, so maybe things are much worse north of the Watford Gap, but these seem like massive overkill, particularly given that global warming seems to have killed winter.

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3mkru73 [64 posts] 10 months ago
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surly_by_name wrote:

I live in the south, so maybe things are much worse north of the Watford Gap, but these seem like massive overkill, particularly given that global warming seems to have killed winter.

I live in Cullercoats and commute to Newcastle Upon Tyne all year round. This mornings commute was 4 degrees celsius... In September. Rest assured, regardless of global warming, it gets much much colder come December, January and February. 

I've used quite a bit of Ekoi kit now. I've the Corsa Helmet, Neoprene overshoes, winter gloves and winter socks. Really impressed with their kit, and if you catch stuff in the sale you can pick up a real bargain. 

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Joden [10 posts] 10 months ago
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The problem I have with overshoes and SPD cleats on tredded shoes is that the toe area is soon ripped to shreds. £150 for something that for a commuter may not last a winter is a bit steep.

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gthornton101 [169 posts] 10 months ago
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Agree that the price is a bit much!  Especially when you can pick up something like a pair of Northwave Arctic 2 GTX for less than that.

After the faff and inevitable failure of overshoes on my commute I bought some proper winter SPD boots for commuting and they are great!

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Sniffer [502 posts] 10 months ago
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gthornton101 wrote:

Agree that the price is a bit much!  Especially when you can pick up something like a pair of Northwave Arctic 2 GTX for less than that.

After the faff and inevitable failure of overshoes on my commute I bought some proper winter SPD boots for commuting and they are great!

I wouldn't be without boots for winter cycling.  Always amazes me why others continue with the faff of overshoes in proper winter when they spend loads on other stuff.  Make sure you get a pair with enough room for your feet to have circulation when wearing thick socks.

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mike the bike [1080 posts] 10 months ago
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Sniffer wrote:

 I wouldn't be without boots for winter cycling.  Always amazes me why others continue with the faff of overshoes in proper winter when they spend loads on other stuff.  Make sure you get a pair with enough room for your feet to have circulation when wearing thick socks.

I find the problem with boots is that once they are on, you are stuck with them.  Wear them in the morning rain on the way to work and you must wear them in the afternoon sun on the way home.

The trick for dealing with inclement weather, at least for me, is layering.  Several thin layers are more convenient and probably more efficient than one thick layer, and that goes for feet too.

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Grahamd [956 posts] 10 months ago
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Sniffer wrote:
gthornton101 wrote:

Agree that the price is a bit much!  Especially when you can pick up something like a pair of Northwave Arctic 2 GTX for less than that.

After the faff and inevitable failure of overshoes on my commute I bought some proper winter SPD boots for commuting and they are great!

I wouldn't be without boots for winter cycling.  Always amazes me why others continue with the faff of overshoes in proper winter when they spend loads on other stuff.  Make sure you get a pair with enough room for your feet to have circulation when wearing thick socks.

I looked into boots earlier this year, almost every review mentioned leakage around the cuff; or we're ludicrously expensive.

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Sniffer [502 posts] 10 months ago
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Grahamd wrote:
Sniffer wrote:
gthornton101 wrote:

Agree that the price is a bit much!  Especially when you can pick up something like a pair of Northwave Arctic 2 GTX for less than that.

After the faff and inevitable failure of overshoes on my commute I bought some proper winter SPD boots for commuting and they are great!

I wouldn't be without boots for winter cycling.  Always amazes me why others continue with the faff of overshoes in proper winter when they spend loads on other stuff.  Make sure you get a pair with enough room for your feet to have circulation when wearing thick socks.

I looked into boots earlier this year, almost every review mentioned leakage around the cuff; or we're ludicrously expensive.

I did buy my Northwave boots in and of season sale so I didn't pay RRP. 

I have done thousands of winter miles since I bought them 7 year ago and they have got many more miles in them.  Even if you are careful with overshoes you will get through a few pairs in that time.

Yes, water can rundown your legs into your boots, but overshoes are hardly much better.  

The review above is for £150 neoprene overshoes that won't be 100% waterproof.  I still think for most people boots are a better answer.

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Sniffer [502 posts] 10 months ago
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mike the bike wrote:
Sniffer wrote:

 I wouldn't be without boots for winter cycling.  Always amazes me why others continue with the faff of overshoes in proper winter when they spend loads on other stuff.  Make sure you get a pair with enough room for your feet to have circulation when wearing thick socks.

I find the problem with boots is that once they are on, you are stuck with them.  Wear them in the morning rain on the way to work and you must wear them in the afternoon sun on the way home.

The trick for dealing with inclement weather, at least for me, is layering.  Several thin layers are more convenient and probably more efficient than one thick layer, and that goes for feet too.

I agree with much of that.

Today on a crisp Autumn morning commute I wore normal shoes with some toe thingys.  It was much warmer on the way home so I didn't need anything on the shoes.  I have not brought the boots out yet.

In a month though.  Both my journeys will be in the dark and in the northern climes that I will be cycling in it will be plenty cold enough for boots to be the right answer for me both ways.

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me [98 posts] 10 months ago
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For this southern softie 3 degrees C last Sunday morning was chilly.  Though as I was on my TT bike, if anything was going to benefit from battery power, it wouldn't be my feet.

Maybe I should consider boots for the winter.  But I'd also consider heated insoles which sound similar to the above but without being stuck to overshoes.

And hopefully come with some indicator system that isn't useless for 10% of men who are colour blind.  When will dumb manufacturers learn that there are other colour LEDs available.

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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 9 months ago
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Top waste of money.  Just buy the heated innersoles made for ski boots for a fraction of the price.