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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2012
I'm really impressed with the Dasher toe covers. They are intended for use in autumnal weather, but I've worn them for my commute in December and January here in the Boston area. Coupled with MTB shoes, thick socks, and chemical hand warmers, they've helped keep my feet comfortable in temperatures down to 13F. Additionally, they really are water proof. I've ridden in some torrential rain and my toes have come through dry. And that means at least some part of me was dry. There is, of course, some wicking of water onto your foot from the exposed fabric of your sock if you aren't wearing a shoe or a boot that covers the ankle.

In extremely cold weather I do find that the wind seems to find a way of chilling my feet just a bit when I'm wearing the Dasher toe covers. Having said that, I can say that before I had them my feet would go entirely numb on very cold mornings. Now, they just get a bit chilled. It's been a big improvement for me.

I particularly like how you can get your shoe on and off without removing the toe covers. If you wish to remove them, putting them back on is easy enough.

You do have to cut holes in the bottom of the toe covers for your cleats. There are pre-scored shapes to cut for SPD or larger cleats. I was somewhat apprehensive at having to do this, but it turned out to be simple to do without damaging the cover.

So far I've worn them for about 360 miles of winter bike commuting. They've withstood day to day usage fairly well and seem like they are robustly constructed. The reflective piping is kind of vestigial and I would not rely on it for visibility. I wear ankle reflectors of both legs for night riding (in addition to a white headlight and red rear lights). It would be great if they were made of entirely reflective material.

They are good toe covers and I'm very glad to have purchased them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
I got a pair of these and really like the heel band to keep the covers on the shoe. I use these over some mountain bike shoes (size large cover over size 42 Mtb shoes) and they cover the toes well. This seems consistent with my experience that you need to buy one size larger when fitting covers or booties over non-road bike shoes. The covers also are a little larger than the Pearl Izumi toe covers and cover more of the front foot. This keeps your toes warmer, and I need a variety of foot protection for year-round commuting, so these fit a good niche for cold mornings but warm afternoons.

On the other hand, the cutouts (pre-marked to connect to SPD or Look pedals) on the bottom of the covers were a little confusing, as both of the covers are labeled with a large L on the rubber bottom below the cleat cutout. I thought that I might have gotten a returned pair that was improperly packaged with two left covers, but turns out these are just poorly labeled as the covers are clearly different with the logo on the outside and cutout patterns that work well for the right and left shoes.

I did slip a little when using a box cutter to cut the bottom, so the corner got ripped, but hasn't been a problem so far. I think it would be better if they pre-cut the bottoms for spd pedals and then they could make the bottoms a little more durable. My experience is that these shoe covers wear quickly no matter what when you have to walk in them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2012
These toe covers attach with a strap around your heel, unlike most others which attach around the cleats under your bike shoes. That's great, unles you don't use clipless pedals. I use half (strapless) toe clips and the other kind kept falling off my shoes because I don't have cleats. So if you use toe clips, or nothing, these toe covers will stay on your shoes (bike shoes or regular) and keep your toes nice and toasty. I've worn them down to around 39 degrees and my feet were still comfortable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
I did a lot of looking around before selecting these toe covers. (blah - blah - blah) They are great for protecting my toes from the wind on cold morning rides. I got these to wear with my commuter/mountain bike shoes. They fit my size 45s accommodating the bottom tread just fine. They block the wind. They don't weight a lot. (I have neoprene booties for cold wet days - but they fail in most of the areas the Dashers excel.) They are very easy to remove and put on. The have a nice rubberize bottom that stands up to standing and short walking. The bottom tread had cutout guides with slightly built up area to reinforce around where material is removed. They work with my Crank Bros Candy pedals nicely. I sometimes have to do a push forward to keep the bottoms from getting in the way of the cleat/pedal interface when clipping in. I will probably buy a second pair because I like them so much. Also to protect against potential "improvements" by their marketing department.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
I received these a few weeks ago and have ridden with them several times. Their best feature is they are thicker and more substantial than most toe covers. I have ridden with these in temperatures from 50 all the way down to 30. Anything lower than that you will certainly need booties. If your toes get cold easily then you might want to go to booties earlier. Most toe covers I have used are much thinner and I have to put on booties much sooner. They have thick bottoms so if you wear mountain bike shoes they wont wear through easily. Great set of toe covers, highly recommended
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on November 10, 2014
I bought a pair of these last fall, and like them for cycling in the 40s and 50s. Below 40 degrees, and I reach for my full shoe covers or my winter cycling shoes. One of the things I like best about them is that they're small enough to stick in a jersey pocket for those rides when the weather is just a little iffy and you want the option to add some insulation if the headwind gets tough.

One of the side seams did rip an inch or two, and the bottoms are pretty worn and torn from normal wear and tear. But even with a tear, they stay on and do a fine job of covering and insulating my toes. Just plan on them being 1 season covers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
I've got big-ish feet (size 12 or 13 US) and these are the first toe warmers I've found which (A) are easy to put on and (B) stay on when I'm unclipped.

An added bonus is that they keep my feet nice and toasty on rides below 20F... combined with warm socks, of course. I've only used them on a couple of rides and cannot vouch for their durability. The construction looks like they should last--except possibly for the elastic which stretches behind the heel. Elastic inevitably wears out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2014
Work great and are on the larger size so they fit over my size 48 shoes.
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on December 31, 2014
Pricey but relatively well designed, effective product for their purpose. Don't expect a great deal of warmth, but they keep the wind and moisture out. Best feature: The strap around the heel. The worst aspect: Like all toe covers, if you walk at all in them -- which is virtually inevitable -- they quickly start to fray underneath. These are not different. Without gobbing in layers of Freesole (sole repair goop), I doubt they'd last 2 years, which is not much for the price.
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on December 26, 2013
It's not an insulation to keep the feet warm. It's just a thin layer of wind blocker and it does the job.

There is a bit of leftover fabric at the tip as if it's made for pointed shoes. I don't know of any bicycle shoes with pointed tip. It kind of gets in the way but not too bad. Considering the price, it's not something to complain about.
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