DexShell Heavy Duty Shoe Covers Review

There is nothing worse than cold, wet feet on a winter hike. For those in real pain, a shower after the trip isn’t always inviting either; if your feet are past a certain point, a hot shower causes extreme pain as blood returns to the feet.

Years of training and running in miserable conditions have led me to conclude that three “essentials” can realistically prevent “trauma” to the foot. First of all, a front fender to deflect the spray from the road and keep your feet dry for longer. Second, a pair of merino socks to provide an insulating layer and a comfortable feel to the foot. Last but not least, a quality pair of overshoes. And DexShell’s rugged overshoes certainly aren’t a bad cry here.

Construction

The 90% neoprene, 10% nylon fabric has a “rough” surface. According to DexShell, this makes them more resistant to abrasion. While I didn’t jump on the tarmac to test this, I was impressed with the appearance of the seemingly intact surface despite heavy use over the past six weeks.

Many neoprene shoe covers, for example those from Huub or dhb, have a smooth surface that can be easily scuffed or even “rubbed” if the shoe repeatedly rubs against a crank, for example. However, DexShells don’t even retain a mark when compressed by a sharp object.

Main body of the shoe

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The underside ‘strap’, toe and heel feature thicker, stiffer, abrasion resistant panels. These double in the goal; increased durability for high contact areas and a more grippy surface for increased friction on the bike. The textured element, providing grip, is incorporated into the fabric – almost a rough weave, so there’s no risk of it peeling off.

Underside

(Image credit: Emma Silversides)

The full-length rear zip features an internal deflector and external reflective details. Everything is 100% waterproof. Although the zip will “lock”, DexShell has also included a tab to cover it. There is a loop at the hem to help hold the overshoe in place while it’s zipped up. A decent reflective strip finishes the back.

Zipper

(Image credit: Emma Silversides)

The cuff is an elastic case, lined with silicone to keep it snug against the leg.

Cuff

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The hems are elasticated and look flawless, well finished and well placed.

DexShell has also added reflective logos to the sides of the shoe covers. They appear to be printed, so more durable than something that is stuck on (and has a tendency to peel off).

It should be noted that DexShell backs all of its products with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

Hem

(Image credit: Emma Silversides)

Size and fit

DexShell offers the shoes in sizes S to XL. I am a size 8/42 so, following their size chart, I chose to test a medium. It offers a very slim fit, exactly what I’m looking for in an overshoe; it keeps drafts and water out and is also comfortable.

While the fit was snug, it was refreshing not having to burn calories pulling things up. Dressing for a winter hike is a real undertaking, not to mention getting rid of it all after the hike, when it is potentially covered in mud and wetness. To me, the DexShells really are the easiest slip-on overshoes I’ve ever used.

For me, the shoe covers suited me very well; there were no excessively loose areas, even at the toe (where some reinforced panels can create an elf-like stitch). The elasticated cuff definitely helps keep the shoe firmly in place when riding.

I was a big fan of the cuff length, which is shorter than average. Some shoe covers are really stuffy around the lower leg, accumulating moisture around the ankle in milder conditions. It was not a problem here. The elastic did not leave a mark after the release either.

I would say if you are hoping to squeeze the shoes over something bulkier than a conventional road shoe and fall into the higher end of a size range, you should consider taking a size larger. .

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Underside

(Image credit: Emma Silversides)

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Underside

(Image credit: Emma Silversides)

The path

Temperatures during the tests ranged from 0 ° C to 10 ° C. On the lower end of that scale, paired with some decent winter socks, my feet have never been extremely cold. Closer to the double digits, things were starting to get a little too hot; these are definitely not for rainy days in late spring or early fall, unless you don’t mind sweaty feet.

Even when it rains, shoe covers still work great. Naturally, a cutout sole means they can’t be waterproof. However, the hems are so tight to the sole that they are almost waterproof. I rode in pretty horrendous conditions and it took a while for water to get into the shoe (yes I have mud flaps).

It was only after a few hours in continuous rain that I could feel the humidity. I can’t be sure where exactly it was entering, or whether it was entering the actual tissue. Granted, the fabric isn’t as good as a smooth-surfaced neoprene (which feels impenetrable); water will pass through it.

However, a hot and humid foot beats a cold and damp foot; the DexShells offer some serious wind protection to help here. I would say the website downplays (or at least doesn’t scream) the quality of cold protection these shoe covers offer.

Granted, I’m a bit of a photography geek when I’m on my bike, regularly getting on and off the bike to take pictures, so these also had a fair amount of walking to deal with. They do not show a single sign of wear to date. This is because all photos in this review were taken at the end of the testing period, rather than the beginning.

Value

DexShell certainly presented the price well, especially considering the exceptional quality and reliable performance of the overshoes. I would say they are a steal at £ 37. By comparison, Huub’s neoprene winter shoe covers have an MSRP of £ 59.99 and may not be as durable. Sportful offers a very similar liner to DexShell for £ 45.

Verdict

Overall, DexShell deserves recognition for a great kit that does exactly what it should without compromising on quality – and without the price tag of some high end overshoes.

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