Dhb, the in-house clothing brand of Chain Reaction Cycles and Wiggle, is well known for making products that do the basics, often at lower prices than many competitors.
The dhb Neoprene Nylon Overshoes are a case in point, offering plenty of coverage and a full feature set at a very competitive price.
They provide the features you’d expect from a pair of the best cycling overshoes and are made of 3mm neoprene for wind and water protection.
Dhb Neoprene Nylon Overshoes specifications
There’s a high ankle cuff that, like the other hems, is edged to help protect it from wear. The main seams across the top of the front of the overshoe, the toe and the bridge under the midfoot are all taped, which helps prevent water penetration.
Overshoe soles are a major area prone to wear, but dhb has used a Kevlar-reinforced fabric for the toes, the midfoot bridge and the heel, which should help. All the seams under the sole are hemmed with chunky elastic, with quadruple stitching for the seam under the midsole.
At the rear, there’s a YKK reversed zip with a chunky puller that’s easy to use when wearing cycling gloves. There’s a Velcro tab that closes over the top of the zip to help stop it from coming undone as you ride. Rather than any overlap or storm flap, the two sides of the overshoe meet under the zip.
On either side of the zip are sewn-on reflective strips, while the dhb logo on the outer side is also reflective.
Dhb Neoprene Nylon Overshoes performance
The dhb Neoprene Nylon Shoe Covers are well made, with reinforcement in the right areas, and they fit as well as some more expensive competitors.
The multiple stitching for the seams in the base is a well thought-out touch to up durability and reduce wear when walking in the overshoes or just from clipping in and out.
The fabric, at least initially, is DWR coated, so it sheds water, although DWR coatings tend to wear off over time. The neoprene should remain water resistant though and it’s thick enough to retain a layer of warm air around your feet even if water does get in.
As with any shoe cover, it’s the base that’s most prone to water ingress; the cleat hole is a good fit for Shimano cleats, but a little large for Look.
The heel opening is quite large, so road spray is more prone to get into the base here, particularly if your shoes have any vents towards the heel. Without a storm flap, the zipper can also let in water from wet roads.
Nevertheless, your feet should stay warm enough in low single-digit temperatures, even if they do get wet during a ride.
Dhb Neoprene Nylon Overshoes bottom line
The dhb Neoprene Nylon Overshoes provide a comprehensive range of features and are well priced for the performance on offer.
They’re well finished and will keep your feet warm, although water ingress at the heel can be an issue.