If you ride in road-style cycling shoes, there are dozens of suitable shoe covers on the market to make your cold-weather riding more bearable. If you’re like me, however, and prefer MTB-style shoes, compatible shoe covers can be few and far between. With my Sidetrak booties on their last leg (no pun intended), I needed something that would accommodate my Sidi Dominator 5 shoes.
Northwave’s Husky shoe covers have a sleek profile, but looks can be deceiving. The covers’ neoprene upper, combined with the semi-open sole, enables compatibility with a variety of shoe styles and profiles. The XL size (44-46) Husky easily accommodated my size-44.5 Sidis, yet they weren’t so bulky that the covers rubbed my bikes’ crank arms.
Getting in and out of the Northwave booties is easy thanks to the full-length rear zipper and the underside velcro strap. The 3.4mm thick neoprene uppers feature taped seams, which helps reduce cold spots and moisture infiltration. Kevlar reinforcements protect the heel and toe, but it’s not rugged enough for extended hike-a-bikes. After several weeks of near-daily use, the Husky shoe covers show only minimal signs of wear (mostly from walking). The stitching and seems are holding tight, and the zippers still operate smoothly.
So, how warm are the Husky shoe covers? Everyone has their own personal thermostat, but with thin, wool cycling socks, I was comfortable down to 32°F (0°C). For colder temps, I substituted warmer/thicker socks, or added a sock-type shoe cover under the Northwave overshoe. I wasn’t able to test the shoe covers in rainy conditions, but the Huskys easily shed splashes from snow melt.
Additional information on Northwave’s entire line of products is available on company’s website.