Monday, 14 January 2013

BBB Water Flex Overshoes

With one of the wettest British Summers continuing through Autumn and into Winter, I’ve needed reach for waterproof overshoes on more than one occasion to keep my toes warm and dry on the early morning commute.

There are various different types of overshoes available to choose from these days; from simple over-socks for keeping the chill off, heavy duty neoprene and vulcanized overshoes to keep out icy rain and stop frost bite, and a plethora of hybrid styles between.  There are overshoes for every occasion.

Over the last few weeks I have found one that seems to work on most occasions, the BBB WaterFlex.  These overshoes are made of a tough polyurethane outer material which has a micro-fleece inner, making the material both waterproof and warm.  They are both lightweight and highly flexible, which means that they can be stuffed into jersey/jacket pockets on return journeys if the temperatures have soared in the afternoon sun!

The waterproofing is great in all but the most torrential downpours, helped by the taped seams, elasticated cleat openings and generous storm flap behind the rear zipper.  There is a Velcro fastener to protect the zipper and prevent water from entering from the top.  Whilst a 100% waterproof bootie is desirable, it is also nigh on impossible for manufacturers to make due the requirement for holes for cleat openings which will always allow some road spray in, but these do a great job.

The stretchy, flexible material makes these overshoes easy to put on, even over off-road shoes with ratchet fasteners, thanks to the Velcro tabs mid-sole they have a snug and comfortable fit.  I have even used these overshoes to keep my feet warm and dry whilst warming up on muddy cyclocross courses, as they are so quick and easy to get off.

There are also 3M reflective stripes either side of the rear zips to increase visibility from behind and the usual BBB silvery graphics on the sides help too.

If you are only able to have one set of overshoes then these are probably one of the best choices for the money.  They keep the wet out, have a great fit and keep your toes warm in all but the coldest of weather, when an extra pair of socks can make all the difference.
Reviewer’s rating: 4/5

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