Bike over shoes for fell shoes (yeti alternative)

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Chiseller, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Has anyone tried using bicycle over shoes as a yeti type gaiter.
    There seems to be plenty of different models from softshell/goretex/neoprene.
    I'm thinking with a slight tweak to the under strap (most seem to be built in or a Velcro strap) that they may be a good alternative to a yeti gaiter for prolonged snow/water trails with regular fell shoes.
    The over stretch could provide a good seal and vastly reduce the amount of water exposure.
    If they would stay on during long crossings of bog on the Cheviots and long wet grassy sections of moorland (eg dales). They may be a winner?
    They could even be glued to the rand?
    Images just an example....
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  2. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    They make similar overboots for XC ski shoes, it might be worth having a look.
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  3. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Cheers, I'll have a look.. Research is a deep rabbit hole and could end up costly lol.
    I'm just in two minds wether to try my new lightweight yetis or sell them to help fund research..
    The yetis would be too warm and heavy for anything other than full winter...
  4. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    I tried a pair of these cycle thingies (can't check which brand from here in la palma) over brooks cascadias with snowshoes in deep fresh powder snow. They worked themselves loose after a while and ended up bunched around my ankles - maybe due to extra stress from the snowshoe straps. Stuck with dexshell over merino from thereon which kept my feet warm and dry all day in powder...
  5. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    I use overshoes on cold and wet cycle commutes and for muddy single track, can't recall the brand (they're tucked up in the tail pack in the garage at the mo'). Warm and good at keeping rain, mud and road splash off but unsurprisingly don't breath so you get damp feet.
  6. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

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  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'd have thought if there was a good solution fell runners would be doing it already.....,
    Overshoes for reasons noted above seen like a non-starter?
  8. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    Bike overshoes are not made for walking in. The straps under the soles soon wear out.
  9. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    Bike overshoes are only really for use with stiff-soled bike shoes, they don't work with flexible bike shoes designed for use with "flat" pedals, there's regular threads on biking forums asking about gaiters for such shoes/boots.

    Back in the 1980s when Berghaus Yeti gaiters appeared there were lots of attempts to get them to work with walking boots rather than the rigid plastic ice-climbing boots they were designed for. The only way was basically to glue the rand of the gaitor to the toe box and heel area to stop them lifting off.
  10. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Probably best to ask here https://singletrackworld.com/forum/
  11. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Ive been asking on several groups... General consensus is they wouldn't work.... Ah well... Worth the ask & if I ever see any cheap ones, I'll give them a try.
    Cheers for the input :thumbsup:
  12. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    What about a pair of these https://www.alpkit.com/products/rana-waterproof-sock
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  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Please.... I'M not as green as I am cabbage looking...
    Just to humour your suggestion though... I've a pair of these... Work well for what they do, but I found them unwearable after around 8 miles without liner socks.
  14. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    STW is one of the forums I was thinking of where the same request is made on a regular basis. No answers to see there!

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