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The Lusso Windtex Over Boots help keep your feet warm and dry. It's not the Messiah, but it is a very good boy.
Keeping feet both warm and dry is a challenge to test the best of kit. One answer is to invest in winter boots, but if you need wallet-friendly itinerant protection from the elements, a set of overshoes, overboots, booties, or whatever you like to call them, is the way to go. If it's cold and wet you're unlikely to be concerned about breathability. No, you just want to keep water out, and by extension wind as well. In this regard, the Windtex material Lusso uses for its Over Boot is just the ticket.
Lusso has gone for hefty Velcro as the closing mechanism, removing the risk of a grit-filled zip failing at an inopportune time. Of course this does make for more faff getting things on and neatly in line, but not beyond the wit of man and only taking a few seconds over a zip.
The orange upper Windtex section is stitched to a snug laser-cut cuff that follows the contour of your bib tights/leg warmers and has a grip strip inside, to help keep things in place. Along the Velcro edge is a reflective stripe and on the front a small Lusso roundel, working with the orange to give decent heightened visibility to other road users. Feedback from riding partners is that the borderline-hysterical orange works a treat aiding visibility – and matches nicely other items in the Lusso range.
Underneath, the road-cleat cutouts are enough to facilitate pedal and heel contact without encouraging wear or letting excess water in.
Fit-wise, the mediums are slated for EU42-43, but I had no trouble putting them over EU45 winter boots or summer shoes that should require a large.
In my experience if you start out with cold boots left in the garage your feet will never make them warm, so winter-round mine sit on the radiator pre-ride. In temperatures below 5°C I often resort to an overboot, or at the least a toe cover. Out in a few degrees plus wind, the fleece-backed Windtex did the job of keeping my feet warm, and did a similarly good job in a freezing garage during hour-long turbo sessions over the top of some decidedly summerweight shoes.
They did an admirable job keeping spray off too, as you'd expect from a fully waterproof fabric. But like any overshoe they will inevitably let water through the top, and ultimately through the bottom, seeping up the inside. So it's a case of for how long water is kept at bay – I found the Lusso boots were passable over summerweight shoes for a few hours of pretty decent rain, before the inevitable leakage down from my tights and up from the road had soaked through.
Lusso didn't go full orange on the Windtex boot, which means they don't look shabby covered in mud after a few minutes. Once filthy they washed out well, although given the plastering they receive there will always be a trace of past rides ingrained.
Overall I found the Lusso Windtex Over Boots to be a quality bit of kit, good for days when the weather – or temperatures – take a turn for the worse.
Quality protection from the elements, with enhanced visibility and good fit
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Windtex Over Boot
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?
It's for people riding in wet, cold weather, who want to be seen.
Lusso only states: "For road use only"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Velcro back fasteners with reflective tape
* Made in the UK
* Machine washable
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
When rather filthy, hand-washed out almost clean – some staining remaining, but might come out with more aggro.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Pretty darn well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Velcro. I'm not sold.
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 are indeed very good boots – they don't set the world on fire, but they don't disappoint either.
About the tester
I usually ride: Merida Ride 5000 Disc My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, club rides, general fitness riding, mountain biking, Dutch bike pootling