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Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Shoe Cover,Black,XX-Large
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231 of 234 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
Pearl Izumi Shoe Covers Shoe Cover Sizing
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Women's_8 ________8-9.5 ________9.5-11 _______11+
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
For years I suffered with only the minimal toe covers during winter rides. I have tried everything from baggies over my toes to lining the toe covers with old pieces of wool. Nothing worked. Then I found these and my cold weather rides are so much more enjoyable and productive with warm feet.

With these covers on and just wearing summer cotton socks, my feet have stayed superbly warm on rides down into the low 30's.

After experimenting on many cold rides now, I've found that my feet stay the warmest just wearing regular cotton socks--warmer even than with thick premium wool socks. I suppose the increased airspace is the reason why this is so because the thicker socks make the shoe tighter. Nevertheless your feet will stay the warmest under these covers by just wearing regular summer socks. Thin winter ones might work as well.

*UPDATE* After several rides in the 20's with blustery conditions, regular socks were allowing my feet to get cold under the covers. I bought some thin pairs of wool socks and have been layering them. Toasty feet again. For road cyclists out in the weather under the 35 degree mark, I recommend chemical help. Grabbers Grabber Performance Toe Heater with Adhesive are good for long +35 F degree rides while the Hothands brand toe warmers HeatMax Toasti Toes Foot Warmer (40 Pairs) are hotter for shorter rides. The Toasti Toes are probably better for most cyclists other than Lance Armstrong because they last (hot) for about 4 hours. If you are out in that weather for longer, you are a pro cyclist and your team payed for your training home closer to the equator.

Construction:

The construction of these covers is top-notch with thick neoprene, extremely tough material on the sole, micro-fleece lining, and premium Velcro. I've only had slight problems with the Velcro loosening during a ride. Taking a few seconds to make sure there is a secure closure when beginning solves this.

Sizing:

I was unable to find the sizing chart for this product; it is neither listed here on Amazon nor on Pearl Izumi's site. I had to just take a guess when I ordered my pair.

The package label says size XL is for shoe 44.5-46. This seems correct since they fit my size 45 road shoes perfectly. I assume that the other sizes would scale accordingly.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
Not much more to add to the other reviews, but I wanted to mention that the Mediums fit my 8.5 US Specialized road shoes perfectly. There is a little squeak to the covers in the ankle flex, but hopefully that'll pass. Honestly, you don't really notice it over the road and wind noise, though.

Just took them out in 35 degree weather on wet/muddy roads and my feet came back warm and perfectly dry. Great deal!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
I've worn these a couple times so far and perform as expected...the kevlar bottom is holding up well under clipping-unclipping abuse so far. Will report back if anything changes after more rides. The materials are all very high-quality.

However, design note--I wear men's size 10 shoes with SPD clips and the Large size is are just barely large enough for me. There's a huge swath of velcro on the back (vertically) which is just barely big enough (horizontally) to stay secure, mainly because it's almost at the edge of the two velcro strips. It's good velcro so it's working so far but I wish that it wrapped more securely around my ankle. If your feet/ankles are bigger than mine then you might want to go for XL to avoid this concern.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
I ride a ten mile commute in Seattle most days. The Barrier shoe covers have made my commute considerably more comfortable - it's amazing how much better you feel when your feet are warm and dry.

These covers are easy to pull on and off and the Velcro closure in the back holds tight. The portions of the cover which strap across the sole of your shoe are tough and have stood up to a fair amount of walking without fraying or loosening. I've been using this pair for a year and they are still in great shape. If they ever do wear out, I'll be buying the exact same thing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
These are the best booties I've found yet. Using Shimano road shoes with a single wool sock layer they can keep my feet tolerably warm (ie: not frozen and numb) for about a 1.5 to 2 hour road ride in about 25-30 degree F weather (average speed 18 mph). I'm sure with an extra base sock layer (and maybe some neoprene) they could be good for longer.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
Ordered x-large. They fit perfect over my size 11/45.5 Shimano road shoes. Went on a ride that started out around 30 degrees rising to about 40 and they kept my feet perfectly warm. I used some thin wool socks in conjunction with the shoes covers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
Item is very stretchy and easy to put over my bike shoe. Velcro at rear held fast. Top of shoe cover fits well on my small ankle. ( I purchased a size SMALL for a Woman's size 7 bike shoe).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2014
For more than a decade I used Performance Bike Shop neoprene booties when winter temps dropped close to freezing. They were much better than no booties at all, but when temps dropped below freezing my feet would freeze up by the time I got to work (a 25 minute ride). Performance stopped selling the old bootie, and that's how I ended up trying Pearl Izumi's Elite Barrier Shoe Cover. I was a bit disappointed when I saw the material was thinner than my old neoprene ones. But over this extremely cold winter, with temps down to 4 degrees F and wind chill much lower, these Pearl Izumi booties proved to be far superior to the old neoprene. My feet have been completely warm on every ride. The rear velcro is excellent. The only improvement I could suggest is for them to be made in Wide sizes.

Update: after using these a dozen times, holes were worn in the soles. They still hold up to cold wind, but the soles are a bust. Now, I take them off before walking on sidewalks, since they obviously don't hold up to concrete. Not exactly commuter-grade.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2014
Wow - toasty warm toes when riding in 28 degree weather. And believe it or not, these also fit over the running shoes I use to ride my hybrid. Great product
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