Decathlon neoprene winter overshoes

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Balagan, May 22, 2020.

  1. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Time for some brief feedback on the Inovik Neoprene Cross-country Skiing Over-shoes from Decathlon.

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    These are intended for boosting the warmth of SNS or NNN standard cross-country skiing boots but I used mine for snow hiking with and without snowshoes. And to cut to the chase, I was very impressed by the difference they made with Salomon X Ultra Mids, especially for £13. Not only do they seriously increase the warmth overall but just as importantly, they prevent the snow from sticking to the shoelaces area and creating cold spots.

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    They fit very snugly over these mids and all my other hiking shoes with zero snow ingress (despite some voluntary postholing) as there is both a wide instep strap and a thin one under the ball of your foot. The former is reinforced with some rubber but the latter is simply webbing. While these are fine for use with skis or snowshoes, the front strap is obviously a bit of a weak point if you are consistently walking over rough surfaces. As a matter of fact mine showed some minor fraying on the edges after a couple of kilometres on the asphalt of a cleared road. There is still a long way to go before they fail and when they do I will sew the strap into two loops on either side and use dyneema cord for a new strap.

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    The overshoes are just high enough that you can tuck your trouser legs inside acting as low gaiters. Putting them on and removing them is no more of a hassle than it is with gaiters but I did add a cord toggle to the zipper pull to complement the bottom grab loop and make it easier to grab with cold fingers and/or gloves.

    Overall, these are pretty good if you want to increase the warmth of your hiking boots, especially if you are likely to find very different temperatures over the course of your trip.

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    Last edited: May 22, 2020
  2. Michael_x

    Michael_x Section Hiker

    Interesting. My recollection is ski boots are pretty bulky. The Web site suggests sizing as follows:

    Size S = 4/5.5
    Size M = 6.5/7.5
    Size L = 8/10
    Size XL = 11/13

    If one was considering these to add a bit of warmth to a 3 season boot (Altberg Tethera) would that perhaps make a difference on choice of size?
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  3. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I like the idea of these... Could be the solution I was seeking a few months ago for adding warmth and water resistance to fell runners for winter bog trotting on the Cheviots etc.
    Wether they would stay secured with fell runners /trail trainers is questionable, but has to be worth me trying???
  4. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    SNS and NNN cross-country ski boots are mostly no bulkier than trail runners. I wear size 11 or 12 depending on brand and I went for XL which fits over everything from trail runners to leather boots because there's quite a bit of elasticity. Choosing your usual size should be safe.
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  5. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    They won't be waterproof or anything but they might make make a difference in cold sticky mud. At least they are cheap enough to give them a try.
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  6. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    It's the water resistance and keeping my feet warm with the wetsuit effect. Once they're wet & warm, the fresh cold bog water shouldn't seem as bad... My biggest concern would be trench foot after 50 mile.
    I could just roll them back to breath and dry a bit when on the non bog/wet moorland grass sections.
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  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I bought some cycling neoprene overshoes to try this with. Never used them so far.
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  8. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    They're actually easy enough to remove and put back on that I'd consider it if the dryer stretches were long enough.
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  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    To get round in the cut off time, I'll probably be not even stopping to pee :confused:, let alone put gaiters on and off :D
  10. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Right. I hike, you fastpack. Surely, not stopping for a pee should be sufficient to keep your feet warm. No need for neoprene. :D
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  11. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    No... I fatpack :wink: they would be for a winter ultra I keep musing over... I hike too :smile:
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