Fall/Winter Essentials: Louis Garneau’s lightweight T-Cover shoe covers


Here in the high desert, we spend a lot of the fall and winter riding in cool but not quite frigid weather.  Days often start around 30 degrees and top out in the low 50s: too warm for full-blown shoe cover but too chilly for nothing at all.  It’s in this nether-range that Louis Garneau’s T-Cover thrives.  Essentially a very lightweight toe cover with a heel strap, the T-Cover is the best I’ve tried.

On the road bike, the lightweight and stretchy Stopzone fabric does a great job at conforming to the shoe while keeping wind and water at bay.  The heel strap is cut in a way that allows easy access to shoes’ top ratcheting and dial adjusters- a boon on longer rides- and a couple of reflective hits help to keep the wearer visible during nighttime outings.  If the day warms, the pair pack down to a ball not much bigger than an egg, taking up minimal pocket space.

It’s only off road that the T-Covers’ lightweight construction becomes a liability.  Despite a pair of toe stud holes, the covers’ bases simply aren’t up to any real time off the bike.  Which is a shame- they otherwise stay in place better than any other toe covers for dirt riding too- without being prone to overheating.

Because the T-Covers work so well, I’ve bought a pair each fall for the past three years, keeping a pristine pair with my road kit and hammering the previous year’s pair in the dirt.  At $25, the price is reasonable and roadies shouldn’t think twice about picking up a pair.  Mountain bikers, on the other hand, should expect a short life- or join me in bugging Louis Garneau for a ruggedized mountain version.

marc

louisgarneau.com

Comments

Jay - 12/07/12 - 12:49pm

I have run these for a while. They are great. Wind proof and keep your feet relatively warm. Not sure how they are for the winter- I switch out for the neoprene ones then. For the fall, these are perfect.

Jg - 12/07/12 - 9:41pm

These are not durable at all. Mine have holes worn through the toes after only wearing them a few times.

Aaron - 12/07/12 - 9:56pm

I use these for rides down to about 35°. At that temperature, they’ll keep your feet warm(er) for awhile, but not forever. Above 40°, you’ll stay warm pretty much all day. Their only downside is that their lightweight material also makes them easy to tear up.

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