Good concept, real bad follow-through
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: XL
Ordered these for the imminent rainy rides here in Seattle, after having worn through my Seal Skinz. Saw the reviews about the poor velcro closure, but thought "Ah well, as long as I strap my rain pant cuff down over top of them..."
Opened the package today, pulled them on over my mtb/commuter bike shoes... "Wow, these really are bad." I knew I would be returning them seconds after that.
Because of the loose-fitting Gore-Tex fabric as well as the awkwardly massive velcro at dead center on the back, the bottom edges hang over and on the treads of my shoes. Or, they were hanging over on one side and felt impossible to even out. Obviously, this is likely because this shoes cover does not fit snug over your shoes and they're not made to. However...
The worst part is the two huge pieces of velcro at the back... You know that experience of trying to hold down two edges of wrapping paper, pulled tight with one hand while you fumble for the Scotch tape in the other? This was like that. But now imagine that your wrapping paper has elastic and you're crouching down, trying to hold it down on the back of your lower calf muscle...
Gore, couldn't you have at least made the two sides attached in some way? Maybe right near the bottom? How about one of those water-repelling zippers, then a velcro strap at the top? A line of that sticky, rubber stuff to keep water from coming in at the top?
I am baffled by this design. It just sucks.