TENN FLUID WATERPROOF OVERSHOES
Tenn Fluid Waterproof Overshoes are designed to keep feet warm and temperate on cold, wet rides, while protecting expensive footwear from the ravages of winter’s destructive, slimy cocktail. For the most part they have exceeded my expectations. However, their sleek profiles favour racier road/audax/mtb slippers. Riders preferring trainer type, street styled shoes or booties should look elsewhere.
Made from waterproof, yet relatively breathable polyester, these come in either stealth black, or our classic neon yellow. Both are blessed with bold and moreover, extremely effective Scotchlite detailing. Neon arguably has the edge on dull, murky days but requires more frequent low temperature machine washing. Either way, clever use of kinetic energy suggests we nailed driver attention from 200/250 metres - further on clear starry nights.
Extensive stitching and slightly baggier cuffs raised some initial suspicions but passed my hosepipe test and, bar full-on immersion, Mother Nature didn’t get a look-in. Specific (rather than generic small/medium/large) sizing would seem contributory to their success here.
The middleweight stretch fabric ensures easy stuffing into jersey pockets or medium sized wedge packs when not required. Velcro closures curried further favour with me.
Dignified donning took all of thirty seconds, although take a moment to ensure they overlap seamlessly - any gap presents an opportunity for snow, puddles or torrential rain to sneak inside.
Kevlar reinforced toe sections deliver reasonable traction on slippery pavements/loose surfaces, although greasy decking still presented some challenges. That said, keep pottering minimal to avoid premature retirement but several weeks’ testing suggests these will serve a few seasons before becoming bin fodder.
Snug fit facilitated spirited cadences and don’t brush against the crank arms, while the fabric’s leatherette texture blocks chill very convincingly. I have experienced zero discomfort with the thermometer in minus figures and wearing Audax shoes with acres of mesh.
However, warmth isn’t comparable with thermal models, which might be smarter choices if you’re particularly prone to cold, numb feet. Mild, wet conditions were equally pleasant, fibres breathing fairly proficiently with only trace clamminess after several hours in temperatures nudging twelve degrees.
Cutaway design and cleated shoes are at best highly water repellent mixes. Quick dab downs/punting through puddles weren’t an issue but without waterproof socks; more sustained submersion – say when navigating flooded causeways resulted in localised sogginess.
Verdict: Competent budget overshoes for traditional cycling shoes and less extreme conditions.
Sizes: 7-8, 8-9, 9-10*, 10-11 & 11-12.
PUBLISHED JANUARY 2015