These work great for adding a bit of warmth for temps in the 20s to low 30s. They don't really keep your feet dry unless there's only a little bit of spray. For real rain, booties like the Sugoi Zap work much better. Good value for the LC price, although they start to fall apart after about a season.
I have been using Louis Garneau Neo Protect II Shoe Covvers for several (winter) seasons now. Based on the harsh weather and my milage from Nov to March, getting 1 to 1-12 seasons from these is fine. I always wait for them to go on sale so to have a 2nd set ready to go when the current pair wears out. I hate the cold, but I hate not riding more. These help make it easier to ride, knowing my toes will be warm even when its 19 degrees, cloudy and windy. They also help when it is wet out, but not on down pours.
I just threw away a pair of booties I used for one year because the zipper failed. I won't mention the brand but it rhymes with crap-o.
Happy to find these basic booties with VELCRO. They're exactly what I wanted - nothing fancy and no zips.
Pros Warm and mostly waterproof
Cons Stitching that holds velcro in place unraveled after two uses and its too large around the ankle so though the covers are snug everywhere else the ankle can't be adjusted for a tighter fit
Bought these in Medium to fit my Size EU42 shoes, Went right on my road shoes and provided excellent protection against the wind, rain and cold of November in NY. However, trying to fit the Medium onto my MTB shoes proved nearly impossible...I was afraid of tearing the bootie as it cleared the larger heel area. Ordered a size Large for the MTB shoes and they work without too much strain.
Plus Easy onoff (with correct size!)
Good protection from moderate weather - not extreme coldwet. I've used them to 30 degrees in comfort
Minus Hook and loop closure - these tend to get gummed up with use. If they last the season, I'll be happy
Face it, these are not the most expensive shoe covers, but they serve well. If you ride a lot, they should be good for the winter season into early spring. The price allows for annual replacement. If you ride less often, these should last you a couple of seasons unless the hook and eye closures stop functioning.
I would recommend these to anyone looking for a solid, less expensive shoe cover
These covers are cheap and great. They are not 100% water proof, but will keep you dry in light commuter spray. I had the black and foolishly hiked in them, chewing up the toes. So I got a pair of Neon yellow to help with the being seen. Sadly filhty city road spray dimmed the hot yellow pretty quick, but that's no fauly of the product.
This shoe cover fits well and is easy to put on and take off. In addition it is warm and waterproof.
My only issue is the bottom of the toe area. When I stop and put my foot down, my toe hits first and sometimes I stay on that toe causing more wear. The material on the bootie at the bottom of the toe is very thin and not durable. So now I have a pair booties that look new on top but will soon become unusable because the left one is worn out under the toe.
I actually tried wearing some toe cover over these and had some success since the toe covers had a thick rubber bottom.
In spite of all that I bought another pair because of the price and how well they worked before wearing out.
So far I've used this on a few rides and they have kept my feet warm and dry. I've never been one to wear a lot of bright colors but I understand that the movement of legs and feet are the best places to have bright colors for visibility by drivers. So this year I got the bright yellow. I think they do a good job making me more visible to drivers - my riding buddies sure think so.
I'm not a hard-core commuter but I do ride on wet and even snowy days as long as I can get traction on the road. After trying and using Performance brand, Pearl Izumi, and now LG, I can attest that this is the best I've used. They are waterproof, warm, and fit snug. This is the second pair of these that I've purchased. Although my old pair were still fine up top the bottoms were getting ragged from mountain biking, and since Western had them on sale I got the brand new (II) version. For me they are good to about 10 deg. as long as I'm riding hard, and I can keep them on until the temp. get up to about 40 deg.. Even at full price, I would recommend these if you want to continue riding during the colder seasons.
I ride in Northern California, and when it gets to be in the 40s and 50s, my feet get cold!
Covers keep my feet warm at 40-55 deg weather
Keeps shoes clean in wet conditions
Seem sturdy after about a month of usage
I like the hi-viz color
Not breathable, so your feet will sweat and you will get home with shoes that are wet from the inside
Not that warm, so it's not like sitting with your feet by a fireplace - ) At 40 deg, they'll still be cold.
Overall I like them and am satisfeed.
I have size 42 Sidi wire 4 hole Speedplay road shoes & medium fits perfectly on these. They go on & off fine if you give them a bit of a stretch & line them up with the shoe shape as you pull them on. I haven't used them yet, it'll probably be early spring at this point with the roads being snow covered now & not fit for road biking. Late fall I was riding with just toe covers, & they weren't quite enough. I think these will be fine with ordinary socks because they come well up over the ankle & will come over the bottom of my tights. Well made, good quality, good price.
I use these on the road only, so that may be why I don't have problems with the bottom wearing out like other riders. Unlike so many brands, Louis Garneau seems to fit true to size. I prefer the wide velcro strip on the outside of the ankle - it doesn't chafe the crank arm and works better than a zipper when layering wool socks and tights.
These were my first pair of shoe covers and have been worn once during a 100 mile gravel race. Easy to put on with the full back zipper, fit well over my shoes with good clearance for the cleats, and kept my feet warm and happy. Temps were in the low 40's at the start but I'm confident these will be good in cooler temps, too.