Pearl Izumi Pro Barrier WxB Shoe Cover
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- P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers are the go–to for rainy rides or commutes in mild temperatures.
- P.R.O. Barrier WxB fabric provides optimal wind and water protection
- Fleece lined
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- Season: autumn/winter
- Type/Intended use: Race
- Material: 70% nylon, 20% polyurethane, 8% Elastane, 1% nylon, 1% Kevlar
- product specific size information: Normal Cut
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P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Cover P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers are the go–to for rainy rides or commutes in mild temperatures. P.R.O. Barrier WxB fabric provides optimal wind and water protection Fleece lined Waterproof, fully taped external seam Two stage hook and loop closure provides both sleek fit and easy on and off Kevlar® road bottom spreads open for easy on and off while providing superior durability Recommended for road shoes with external cleats Reflective elements for low–light visibility
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My main frustration with this product is that the sizes do not seem to be listed. They are listed as small, medium, etc., this doesn't work for me. So I took a chance and ordered the X-Large ones hoping that they would not be too big/small, they ended up being way too small. When I got them there are shoe sizes listed in each one, a feature that would be great on the sellers site. To give you an idea, the size that I ended up with after returning the too small version as the XX-L version. Here is a size chart I ended up finding on the product:
S M L XL XXL
Shoe Size 7 7-8.5 8.5-10 10-13 13-15
Shoe Size(Eur) 0"-39" 39.5"-42" 42.5"-44" 44.5"-46" 46.5"-49"
If you plan to use these covers on pure road bike shoes the sizing chart should be right on for you. I you want to use them on a pair of mountain bike shoes, I would recommend the next size up. I wear 11's, and the XL was way too small for them.
Apart from the sizing issues, this product is very easy to put on and use, and works as you would expect. It blocks the wind, and most of the water, just not the water from a torrential downpour, which I did not expect it to do anyways.
Great product once you get fitted!
With thick sox these are good for an hour down to 20F, with thin socks up to 45F.
Turn them inside out and they dry very quickly. I wear a 9.5/ 44 shoe (mountain, road) and the XL fits just right.
Have had them about 10 days, they appear to be well constructed of quality materials as is typical of Pearl Izumi.
FWIW, I have quite a bit of experience in commuting year round so am pretty good at dressing properly in cool weather, I tend to dress a bit lighter than most of my riding partners. Below 20F I wear neoprene, above 40F shoes with thick socks, above 50F regular socks.
When it is sprinkling or you are riding through light puddles these are a significant improvement over nothing, especially with mesh topped shoes. But if you plan on riding a decent distance (5+ miles) in anything more than a mist, your feet will get wet.
I had high hopes for these shoe covers and I rode 8 miles in a steady light rain. By the time I got home both of my socks were soaked as well as the underside of the covers that was in contact with the top of my shoe, so I am convinced that the material is easily water permeable and the water did not ingress from beneath.
All my other Pearl Izumi stuff is great. But THESE "RAIN BOOTIES" DON"T KEEP YOUR FEET DRY! @#%^&%*!
I was also a little disappointed at how thin they were.
I sent them back and ordered an XL size in the next step up in Pearl Izumi's product line. Should do me better.