DHB Extreme Weather overshoes
dhb’s Extreme Weather overshoes provide all the protection you need, with 3.5mm neoprene rubber for waterproofing and warmth. They’re basic, but well priced.
Overshoes only tend to last a couple of seasons before they look tatty. They take a lot of abuse, with constant wheel spray from wet roads and abrasion from being walked in or when putting a foot down. I also tend to scuff the ankles on my cranks, particularly with neoprene numbers, which are usually more bulky than other overshoes, so buying a flashy pair probably doesn’t make a lot of sense.
The dhb Extreme Weather overshoes do the basics at a price that won’t make you balk when you look to replace them in a few years.
They’re built of 3.5mm closed cell neoprene rubber, with a waterproof outer coating. That’s on the thicker end of the overshoe spectrum and does give a bit of a bulky look, as well as exacerbating the tendency to rub as you pedal.
On the plus side, they provide plenty of warmth and protection from damp, with dhb seam taping the insides and using a wide ribbon on the outer face to fortify the seams in the uppers.
The dhb Extreme Weather overshoes are a good no-frills option. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
Ankle height is good too. There’s a sturdy reversed zip, although without a storm flap inside it, water does find its way in, especially in a downpour.
At the top, there’s a Velcro tab to stop the overshoes coming undone as you ride and to add some adjustment for a close fit to the leg. There are reflective strips on either side of the zip and a reflective dhb logo at the rear.
The base, the toe and the bottom of the heel are made of a kevlar-reinforced fabric. There’s comparatively little of this used because the base has very wide openings for the heel and the cleat.
That helps to keep the overshoe fabric out of the way when clipping in and out and should reduce wear when walking.
The openings for the heel and cleat are wide. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media
I found the base didn’t fit all that close to the soles of my shoes, however, so there was a bit more water ingress here than with most overshoes.
When riding on wet roads water will eventually find its way into your shoes, but in merely damp conditions this wasn’t an issue.
Although they’re not as sophisticated as many overshoes, the dhb Extreme Weather design does the basics just fine and will keep you protected through most winter weather, and at a very reasonable price.