There’s a saying here in Colorado: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” While our weather can–and sometimes, does–pull an abrupt about-face, I’ve found that the large daily temperature-swings can be even more challenging. In the fall, it’s not uncommon for morning commute temperatures to be in the low-40′s (or colder), with late-afternoon temps reaching 60° or higher. Unless you want to lug around your entire wardrobe, selecting versatile clothing and accessories is key. To keep your feet dry and comfortable in those unpredictable conditions, Louis Garneau’s Bimax shoe covers are ideal.
Bimax shoes covers ($39.99 MSRP) are constructed from 3mm neoprene and Louis Garneau’s Wind Dry fabric. The latter features 3-ply construction for protection from wind and rain, while still remaining breathable. A seam-sealed rear zipper offers improved water resistance, and the reinforced rubber sole makes walking easier while fending off rain and road spray. Available in five sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL), Bimax shoe covers can accommodate shoes from size 36 up to 50. The large size (43.5-45) was compatible with 44.5 SIDI Dominator MTB shoes without requiring any special gymnastics or contortions.
One of the first things you notice about the Bimax covers is their compactness and light weight (153g/pair), which makes it easy to store them in a jersey pocket. Louis Garneau recommends the Bimax for moderate weather, and I found them comfortable down to approximately 40° (4.5°C). The Wind Dry fabric proved to be very effective at combining breathability with water resistance (dry feet are happy feet). Despite having only a rear zipper, they could be pulled on and off quickly and easily (even when yours truly was not 100% awake). While the uppers do feature reflective accents, I would like to see visibility improved with additional reflective material.
Disclosure: Louis Garneau provided product samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.