Wet roads ahead.
Castelli's Tempesta Shoe Covers make sure that keeping your feet warm and dry doesn't have to ruin your overall aesthetic. The Tempesta Shoe Covers protect your feet from rain, sleet, and snow with the streamlined design and functionality you'd expect from the Italian brand.
The shoe covers are the first to feature Castelli's new OutDry technology, which involves vacuum-bonding an OutDry membrane to a stretchy nylon shell to create a single impermeable-but-breathable layer. Castelli constructed the top zipper to be waterproof too, so once you put the covers on, your feet are completely sealed off from water coming from all directions.
When you're getting ready to ride, use the neoprene ankle cuffs to pull the shoe covers on quickly and easily — they fit close to the body to keep water out and keep them in place. Castelli recommends using the Tempestas with any type of cleat in temperatures ranging from 43 to 53 degrees.
- Foul-weather shoe covers for the all-weather cyclist
- Weather-resistant membrane keeps wind and rain at bay
- Recommended for temperatures in the 40s
- Item #CST009M
- Q & A
If it's raining outside...
- Fit: Runs small
I’ve long been a fan of Castelli’s Diluvio 16 neoprene booties (and they are great). But during really long rides in the rain even these will eventually "wet through." The Tempesta shoecover is made from OutDry material which is supposed to be water-proof and breathe a bit. Castelli says this is the only shoecover made from OutDry.
PROS: They work. Look good.
CONS: A little expensive. Rated for use in 45-55° weather (not insulated). I might size up and wear these -over- Diluvios for deep winter riding.
Tip #1 for riding on wet roads or in the rain: Constant water spray from the front wheel can eventually work its way up the vent holes in the bottom of your road shoes (if your shoes have them) and soak your socks, then your feet. So, tape any vent holes up with duct tape on wet days.
Tip #2 for riding in the rain: I recommend wearing your bibtight cuffs OVER your booties. Otherwise rain will eventually soak/seep down the bibtight fabric and into your socks, soak them, and then your feet. Riding with cold, wet feet is miserable.
Sizing: I wear a 45 in Sidi and Shimano. The XL fit very snug. Personally, I liked the XXL better. (If you're a 45 buy both and see which you prefer.)
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 2XL
These shoe covers do what they are supposed to, keep your feet dry. They definitely run small, I wear a 45.5 specialized shoe and the 2XL fit the bill. You have to work your way back from the toe making sure to utilize the stretch of the material to get them to fit well, but once they do they are great. I have not experienced any rubbing or uncomfortable spots in the covers while riding. I ride with my leg warmers over the shoe covers and it works great. I've ridden in the worst Oregon rainfall this winter and these are the only covers I have used that keep my feet dry and warm.
Works as advertised, but extremely small
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
I have always run a large in everything Castelli and wanted some rain gear for the fall. I use a size 45 Sidi wire and these were tight, in an XL. If you run a bigger shoe, you may not be able to get these to work. They are warm, and when used with the Tempesta leg warmers, will keep your feet drive. But be forewarned, I was close to stretching the zipper and have thought of returning them just because they are so tight, I've thought that I'd bust them.