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The Dexshell Light Weight Overshoes can cope with the majority of bad weather thrown at them. They keep the rain out surprisingly well and will keep your feet warm too.
Overshoes can make a huge difference on a cold or wet ride, keeping your feet as dry and warm as possible. There are many options available, from heavy duty waterproof ones through to Lycra booties that are just there to deflect the wind. The Dexshells sit somewhere in the middle with their relatively thin construction, but they do a really good job considering how light they are.
The fleecy material that you feel inside has been given a PU coating on the outside, and while Dexshell only claims showerproof capabilities, it does keep the rain out for a fair old time, especially if you are using them alongside full mudguards.
During testing, I was doing rides of up to two hours in various levels of rain or on wet roads, and the majority of the time I'd return home with dry feet.
Tackling road spray from the front wheel, the water continued to bead off as I rode. Admittedly, water got in during really heavy showers, but that was more to do with the amount of water running down my legs and through the cuff. Even though I found them quite a snug fit around the leg (those slim pins in the photos aren't mine), the rain would still seep through, a common issue with most overshoes.
The PU coating blocks the wind well too. I had a couple of mornings during the test period where there was a frost around, about 2°C, and the Dexshells coped admirably. If the temperature drops below freezing, you might want to choose something a bit thicker.
These overshoes have a full zip at the rear, for access and to keep them on. I normally prefer a zip at the side, to stop irritation on the back of your foot as you go through the pedalling motion, but thankfully Dexshell has added a strip of material behind the zip to keep the wind out (the zip is sealed too), which acts as a barrier between your tights and the zip, so irritation isn't an issue.
Two reflective strips either side of the zip help you get picked up in car headlights with your feet revolving.
There are four sizes available, S, M, L and XL, with these large ones designed to suit 9-11 in UK sizes, 43-46 EUR. I'm a UK 10.5, and getting the zip up was a bit of a challenge, especially when the overshoes were new. This is mostly down to the fact that my shoes have twin Boa dials, which adds bulk. On shoes of the same size with laces or simple Velcro straps there was no such issue. If you are close to the top end of the sizing it'd be worth jumping up to the next, I reckon.
Underneath, the overshoe is kept in place by a Velcro strap that sits in the middle. This gives plenty of room for large road cleats and an opening at the rear for the heel block of your shoe. It's stitched all the way round for durability.
The heel section of the overshoe is reinforced and has stood up well to walking around, and although the fabric used under the toe section is much thinner it remains protected by the fact that your cleat will keep it off the ground. If you use SPD style cleats, and you do a lot of walking, it's going to wear through pretty quickly.
The quality is very good, and though they're not cheap, the £35 rrp is quite competitive.
Caratti's Lightweight Waterproof Overshoes are £40, for instance. Even though Liam was impressed with the fabric's ability to keep the water out, he was less impressed with the overall fit and fragility of the taped seams.
Similar overshoes like the Nightvisions from Altura are £34.99.
On the whole, if you are not likely to see yourself out continuously in heavy downpours but want some basic protection from the elements, then the Dexshells will be a welcome investment, especially as the durability should see them last across a few winters.
Lightweight shoe covers that keep your feet surprisingly dry and warm considering their thickness
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road.cc test report
Make and model: DexShell Lightweight Overshoes
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Lightweight overshoes offering water resistance and windproofing.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Water repellent zip
Made from a light weight material
Overall sizing is as per the guide, but bear in mind that large buckles or Boa systems can require you to size up.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues with being washed multiple times.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They work well on cold and wet days.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Impressive water resistance.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not really a dislike, just bear in mind that if you have bulky shoe fasteners you might need to size up.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
The Dexshells are cheaper than the Carattis mentioned in the review, and by the sounds of it perform much better. Altura's Nightvisions are around the same price.
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 overall score
The Dexshells are solid all-rounders that perform just as well as other overshoes designed for the worst weather. They are well made and competitively priced.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!