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Hi Vis Overshoes – Be Seen When Cycling in Low Light and Darkness

Those who want to stay visible for other road users in darkness and low light should definitely buy a pair of hi-vis shoe covers. The overshoes come in eye-catching colours and with large reflective prints to make sure you stay safe as you eat miles in the dark. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll show you what you should pay attention to when buying a new pair of hi vis overshoes.

We stock a wide range of hi-vis overshoes in all common sizes and price ranges for road cyclists, mountain bikers and cycle tourers by renowned brands like GripGrab, Endura, Craft and many more. Shop your reflective kit for cycling through winter!


Hi-Vis Clothing for Enhanced Visibility

Especially when riding in darkness and low light, cyclists are hard to see for other road users. Clothing with reflective elements or reflective material is a good choice for road safety, as they shine brightly when hit by headlights. Thus, you are better visible for other cyclists and car drivers.

Yet, you can boost your visibility even more. This is exactly where the idea of hi-vis comes in! As the name already suggests, high-visibility clothing increases visibility in road traffic. Thanks to eye-catching fluo colours (such as fluo yellow), you will clearly stand out in the dark. Thus, other road users will see you much better.


High Visibility Overshoes for Summer

In summer, too, brightly coloured overshoes with large reflective prints are a great way to enhance visibility. Especially when frequently riding before the sunrise or late in the evening, you are well advised to wear shoe covers in hi-vis colours.

In high temperatures, your overshoes should primarily be breathable. Please read below to find out what to pay attention to when purchasing high-visibility overshoes for summer:

  • Lycra Shoe Covers: Lycra overshoes stand out for a low weight and a tight fit. For best aerodynamics. Since they don’t feature an integrated membrane, they merely protect you from light wind, light rain, wheel spray or dirt. Lycra shoe covers are primarily used to keep road or MTB shoes clean and to protect them from scratches.
  • Windproof: Windproof overshoes come with a windproof membrane. This is a thin layer of plastic sheeting inside the fabric. It prevents wind from penetrating the garment and thus helps keep you warm. Yet, the microscopically small perforations in the membrane allow water vapour created during sweating to escape to the outside fast. Thus, overshoes with a windproof membrane protect you from draughts, light rain and wheel spraywhile being very breathable. Some popular windproof membranes are GORE WINDSTOPPER and light softshell fabrics.
  • Waterproof: For best protection in rain, some manufacturers use a waterproof membrane. This is a thin layer of plastic sheeting that is integrated into the fabric. It resists wind and rain and prevents them from penetrating. At the same time, the microscopically small perforations in the membrane allow water vapour created during sweating to escape. Thus, a waterproof membrane is also very breathable. The perfect protection from cold draughts, rain, wheel spray and dirt!


Hi-Vis Shoe Covers for Winter

High-visibility gear is indispensable for the darker months of the year. When riding on dark mornings and evenings, you shouldn’t compromise on visibility. Therefore, we stock a wide range of special winter overshoes in hi-vis colours and with large reflective prints or a reflective main fabric.

In winter your overshoes should primarily be warm. Only suitable materials protect you from rain, moisture and cold draughts. Please read below to find out what to pay attention to when purchasing hi-vis overshoes for winter:

  • Windproof: The windchill effect makes temperatures feel colder than they actually are as the wind increases. This effect may cause overcooling of your body. Therefore, many manufacturers equip the material of their overshoes with a windproof membrane. This is a light layer of plastic sheeting that is integrated into the material. The thin plastic sheeting prevents wind from penetrating and thus reduces the wind chill effect. At that, a windproof membrane is water-resistant. This means that the fabric keeps away light rain and wheel spray. At the same time, the microscopically small perforations in the layer allow water vapour created during sweating to escape. Therefore, materials like GORE WINDSTOPPER or softshell are the perfect windproof protection for cool days! Thus, you shoes and feet will stay pleasantly warm and dry.
  • Waterproof: If you also ride in changing weather, you are well advised to wear hi-vis overshoes with a waterproof membrane. This is a light layer of plastic sheeting integrated into the material. It features microscopically small holes that allow water vapour created when sweating to escape to the outside fast. Yet, the perforations are too small to allows water droplets and wind to pass through. Thus, a waterproof membrane keeps you comfortably warm and dry – even in wet conditions.
  • Thermal fabric: To keep you warm on cold days, many manufacturers use thermal fabrics for their winter shoe covers so that they provideeffective insulation from cold. Materials like a fleece lining or neoprene provide a barrier against cold to keep your shoes and feet warm for longer.


Which additional features are important?

  • Open sole: Most overshoes for road bike and MTB shoes have an open sole and an elastic stirrup or Velcro strap under the arch. Thus, the covers are compatible with all types of cleats.
  • Full-length Velcro closure: Many manufacturers equip their overshoes with a full-length Velcro rear closure to make them easy to put on. Thus, you can simply step into your gaiters and close them. It couldn’t be easier!
  • Neoprene: Many winter overshoes are entirely made of neoprene or feature neoprene inserts. This makes the shoe covers more durable while reliably protecting the wearer from wind, rain and cold.


What size overshoes should I get?

Since overshoes are tight-fitting, it’s very important to get the right size. On the one hand, gaiters should not fit loose or slip; on the other hand, they should not fit so tight you can’t put them on.

Therefore, you should get the overshoes in your shoe size or one size larger than your shoe size. Thus, they are easy to put on and close-fitting, yet without constricting. Our expert consultants will also be happy to help you find the right size.


With these practical tips, it should be easy to find the right hi-vis overshoes for your MTB or road shoes. If you require help or advice, please feel free to contact our expert consultants.

We stock a wide range of hi-vis overshoes in all common sizes and price ranges for road cyclists, mountain bikers and cycle tourers by renowned brands like GripGrab, Endura, Craft and many more. Shop your reflective kit for cycling through winter!