Originally Posted by The Noble Nudge
Just wrecked another pair of Endura overshoes and got very little mileage out of them at all...zips busting and tearing them with scuff marks on the neoprene etc etc...
Might just bite the bullet with a pair of Shimano goretex boots...
Anyone got any first hand experience..or a better suggestion would be appreciated.
Poxy looking but sick of buying the overshoes if they dont work out I can use them on the mtb I suppose...
I wear an older version of these : https://www.cyclestore.ie/shimano_xm...shoes-ID_67920
I've found them to be by far the most effective for winter cycling combined with walking about. They're good enough as walking boots that I would happily use them to climb mountains (Proper leather goretex boots with Vibram soles... they genuinely are specced well enough for the job). They look normal enough that I can wear them as everyday footwear (I'm not exactly fashion concious).
As cycling shoes, well they work fine as SPDs. Probably not quite as precise as a "proper" race pair, but more than good enough for commuting and non-race cycling. I've used them in big multiday adventure races though.
Over the years I've found that these are massively superior to overshoes in terms of waterproofness and resilieance in the long term. I've been using the same pair for a long time, maybe 5 years plus, and they're still functioning perfectly. I have used them on snowy MTB spins, and they were way way warmer than any other shoe/overshoe combination I tried. I've never had cold toes/feet in these commuting.
Will replace like for like whenever the time comes. The last pair were replaced when I wore out the cleats (eggbeaters), and the bolts had siezed in. The shoes themselves were still good. Must have got about 7 years out of them.