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waterproof booties?(5 posts)

waterproof booties?sam
Mar 5, 2002 12:29 PM
Hi, i was wondering if anyone has any recomendations for waterproof booties. i know the pearl izumi typhoons claim to be waterproof but $60 is more than i want to spend. does anyone have any experience with the lycra show covers that are water-resistant? are they adequete for rainy days without fenders? thanks.
re: waterproof booties?czardonic
Mar 5, 2002 1:38 PM
If you happen to be a size small, you can snag the Typhoons on sale for $45 right here.

I can reccomend the Pearl Izumi Amfib shoe covers, though they will still run you about $50. Personally, I think that dry feet are well worth the cost.
re: waterproof booties?boneman
Mar 6, 2002 12:50 AM
I ride in London where everyday's a wet day at some point. While it's never cold, it's rarely over 70 so I'm in some sort of bootie/toe cover from September-May.

I've used Pearl AmFibs, new and old style, for years and they're sitll one of my favorite booties. However, they are not waterproof, never mind water resistant. I bought a pair of Lusso goretex booties in 1999 which lasted a couple of seasons before getting shredded in a crash and they were okay. In the past couple of years, more and more manufacturers are making waterproof booties. The better known names are Campy (new to garments) and Assos, neither of which I've tried. There are plenty of others but not sure about their availability in the States. Make sure you apply some flexible seam sealant before using.

Neoprene booties will also eventually absorb and retain water so that's not necessarily the answer although I do have a pair of ProVision neoprene booties that have been treated at the factory. They work okay but the coating wears off and needs to be reapplied.

As for the Typhoons, don't bother if you ride the road. They're extremely cumbersome and not waterproof either as they use the same material as the AmFibs. One of the worst designed booties I've purchased. I have a pair (medium) that I bought from Sierra Trading Post and anybody can have them if they pay for shipping from the UK.

I'd look at the Campy or Assos. While expensive, their stuff is well made and designed, using quality materials.

Just my 2p
Addendum & Apologyboneman
Mar 6, 2002 12:57 AM
I just clicked on czardonic's (good handle and apologies for any offense you might take from my original post)link and note that the newest AmFibs use waterproof laminate. In that case, I would add them to my list of recommendations. I'm guessing but the newest Typhoons must also use the newer material. However, I still dislike their design.
re: waterproof booties?wcon
Mar 6, 2002 7:02 AM
I commute everyday have the Pearl Typhoons also. They are the worst. Not waterproof at all. I've tried Quintana Roo, Pearl, Trek and others and have yet to find a true "waterproof" bootie.

Good luck.