So, these are just over £20. In terms of the market for your neoprene/nylon overshoes that’s pretty good. Not quite entry point, but not far off, and certainly comparable to stuff like dhb, bbb etc. And, let’s face it, overshoes get an absolute pasting so while you need to pay good money to get a good product, you don’t want to pay too much given what they get used for.
The Sawyers overshoes come in black or, as pictured, blue and red. There is a slight difference between the two. The black model ‘stripe’ is fully reflective on the front and rear. The blue model stripe is supplemented by a reflective silver stripe on the rear. In addition the logo on the black version is also reflective. So, if you want maximum being seen ability, you may want the black ones. To be honest I’m so utterly illuminated at the moment that it’s not an issue for me, but every little helps.
So, in terms of features Rivelo claim the following:
- Waterproof, windproof neoprene
- Kevlar abrasion resistant toe panel
- YKK zip with reverse coil & storm flap to avoid leaks
- Rubberised heel for durability
- Reflective trims and logos for added visibility
- Taped front seam to ensure waterproofing
- Designed for use with road shoe cleat systems
- Zip guard for comfort and protection
The fit on these is spot on. It’s not always the case with overshoes which can see a combination of flappy collars or bulging fronts that don’t sit properly. Go too snug and you struggle to pull them over ratchets and velcro straps. For the me Rivelo ones sit absolutely perfectly with no unsightly bulging.
One of the more useful features, certainly for me, is whether you can use an overshoe with both a road and mtb shoe. After all, if you’re doing a lot of commuting, or train in the winter in mtb shoes, that’s essential. So I’m happy to say that these fit very well. I’ve used them with my bulkier Shimano CX50n and, as pictured, my XC70. You can see that there’s plenty of clearance for tread and little risk of impacting the fabric of the overshoe on the pavement or the pedal. There’s a reinforced section up front which helps with pedal strikes and stopping at the lights.
The fabric is of a very high quality and the stitching is first rate. There should be no issues with these coming apart. Obviously the outside surface is matte rather than pure neoprene gloss. The fabric will wet out after a while but, in practice, with the right combination of shoes and socks, they never felt cold. There will be some moisture built up inside if you’re putting the hammer down but that’s simply an overshoe thing.
Round the back you can see that reflective trim. The zips are heavy duty and look like they’ll last for an age. The neoprene overlaps inside so even if water got through the zip there’s still little chance of it getting further. There’s a zip garage and the bottom section is once again reinforced. In terms of getting them on they’re up there with any other overshoe really. Providing you get the right size (and they are correctly described on the size guide) you need to work a bit to get everything in place before doing the zip up. But, once that’s done, the reinforced collar is sufficiently snug on the calves to ensure that water ingress is prevented whilst maintaining freedom of movement.
I’ve been using them in a range of temperatures so far and, of course, the rain. Oh, the, rain. Rain like you’ve never seen. They work really well. They’re waterproof, obviously. They’re sufficiently lengthy so that puddle splashes don’t reach the top. They’re tight enough to stop the worst of the rain getting in. Inevitably water will be conducted downwards by your soaking wet bibtights, and that’s worse if your bib tights are water resistant. There are solutions to this, but it’s not a fault of any overshoe per se. And in this respect they’re as good as any other I’ve tried.
They work perfectly well with some woolie boolie socks at temperatures hovering around freezing. If the weather is milder but damp, just change the socks you’re using. In the rain there’s some ingress from above (inevitably) so the tops of your socks might get it. But the body of my feet remained dry and there’s no ingress from below despite the generous cut outs that provide space for mtb shoes.
All in all, impressive. They’re a premium looking pair of overshoes doing the job of overshoes well. They’re comfy, they look good, and the black ones add a load more visibility. All for a shade over a couple of notes. Not those new £5 ones mind. Those are waterproof though, I wonder if you could make overshoes from them?