Riding year round in all manners of weather, we often struggle with ways to keep our feet dry & warm. For years veloToze has offered a specially-designed, reinforced latex cover to stretch over road shoes, but no option for off-road. Now those shoe condoms are available for mountain bikers, with two different versions to seal your foot inside, and foul weather out where it belongs.
veloToze Tall MTB reinforced latex shoe covers
VeloToze shoe covers are a pretty simply product – a specially reinforced latex sock that stretches over your shoe to seal out the weather. This isn’t something that breathes at all, but serves to more important job of keeping all wind & water out. Until now the road versions have been too tight to fit over a lugged mountain bike shoe, didn’t have cutouts for MTB tread and cleats, and were too fragile to survive any off-road walking. Since we do almost all of our winter road & gravel riding with mountain bike shoes for the inevitable times when you have to walk, MTB versions are a welcome veloToze addition.
The new MTB-specific versions get a thicker reinforced bottom so they should last, even when you will need to get off to put a foot down or the unavoidable short hike-a-bike in wet & slippery weather. The $20 Tall version extends high up the calf to cover your sock as well, but takes a bit more effort to stretch into place. You actually put these on before your shoe, stretching the cover back down over the shoe to keep dry.
veloToze Short MTB reinforced latex shoe covers
The $17 Short version is more of something you can take along on a ride in a pocket, saddle bag, or hydration pack. When it starts to rain or end up at a bunch of creek crossings, pop them out and pull into place directly over your shoes.
Both natural latex rubber covers (in black only for now) are going to keep all wind & water out, as well trapping enough heat inside to keep feet warm in mildly cool temps. They are pretty thin, so don’t expect them to survive years of abuse. But at twenty bucks or less, they are cheaper than most any regular shoe cover, super compact, and with a proper mountain bike option now should offer another way to stay warm & dry through the colder & wetter months.