Brands:Brand: Pearl Izumi - Ride
Designed for frigid temperatures, this is the warmest shoe cover we make. A combination of Primaloft Gold insulation and our P.R.O. Barrier WxB 2-Layer fabric offers waterproof, breathable coverage to keep your feet toasty warm. A new two-stage hook and loop closure offers a great fit and makes these covers easy to put on and take off.
My commute is around 15 miles each way, and it typically takes me 50 minutes each way. Lately temperatures have dropped to 20s F-30s F so I bought these shoe covers. When temperatures are around the 30s (and windchill also around the 30s), I get to destination and feel my toes are just a bit cold. However, when temperatures are closer to the 20s (windchill around or below the 20s), I can feel my toes getting cold halfway through my commute. In this case, when I reach destination, I touch my toes and can feel them cold and it takes time for them to normalize. That said, I don't think I could go for longer rides with these covers only.
I have to admit I thought long and hard before pulling the trigger on these Pearl Izumi shoe covers, but I'm glad I did. I've tried a several different shoe covers and these are the best I've found so far. They are high quality and well made like all Pearl Izumi products. I have worn these down to about 35 degrees on rides up to two hours without a problem. Below 35 degrees I use Hot Hands Toe Warmers HotHands Toe Warmers (40 pairs) to keep my toes from going numb. In fairness to PI, I'm in my mid 50's and my toes and fingers get cold faster than they used to. Unlike some other shoe covers, these do not stretch so be careful when choosing a size. I wear size 40.5 cycling shoes and size medium fits well. The design of these shoe covers makes them very easy to put on and take off. Very pleased with these shoe covers.
Giving 3 stars because they work well--kept my feet warm on a 1 hour ride at 30 deg. Also well made. Problem is the design. The adjustment at the top of the boot goes from 8" to 10". And I bought a size XXL. Come on Pearl Izumi--you can do better than this. Who are these designed for, a 10 year old girl that wears a size 12 mens shoes?? I'm not that big a guy, but 8-10" around the lower calf, and I ordered XXL. My wrist is 8" circumference. I'll take them to a tailor and have 2" added to the back, but very disappointed.
3 stars - seems like great construction and nice quilted upper that looked very warm. Unfortunately the ankle shaft is far too ridiculously narrow to accommodate a real ankle - my ankle/shin/calf/whatever simply won't fit. Not in a small (matching my shoe size), not the medium, and I kid you not, also not the large. What a mess! I need a shoe cover that will actually close in the back, so this got sent back. If you have skinny little chicken legs, these are the shoe covers for you. If you don't, don't waste your time and energy.
Make sure you know your size, these do not stretch at all. These covers are unlike anything I've seen. It's like wearing a jacket on your feet. I have another pair of fleece lined PI shoe warmers and they are super stretchy but not as insulated as these. My review is more on fit than warmth at the moment.
I use Pearl Izumi products because they are the best I can find for the price. Yes, I love Assos, but I'm not shelling out $800 for a pair of booties, or whatever. These P.I. shoe covers are rated at 0-40 degrees Fahrenheit. I rode today in 28 degrees, windy, and my feet were not very warm, even with very good socks and cycling shoes. Maybe with another base layer on my feet I'll be more comfortable. The product is very well sewn, as you would expect from P.I., but it is not the warm-footed panacea I sought. Nevertheless, I can recommend them, so long as you are not a whining wussy.
Have not got to use product yet in the elements. But at first look and trying them on they are pirfect. I wear a mens 10 and large fit well. They look to be plenty warm and the yellow has a nice pop. Quite a bit nicer than wearing socks over top my shoe.I would like to give 5 star but need to utilize them on the road and in the weather first.
Best winter purchase! No more freezing toes!