VeloToze helmet cover review

Stay warm — and more aero — with this form-fitting cover

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This helmet cover can help you stay warm on cold days.

This helmet cover can help you stay warm on cold days.

Lowdown: VeloToze Helmet Cover

Based in Sonoma County, California, VeloToze launched its well-liked line of tight fitting, waterproof shoe covers in 2014. Since then, they’ve seen great success in the road market with a simple, inexpensive alternative to the traditional zip-up or strap-on shoe cover. According to VeloToze, dozens of professional racers from the domestic scene to the World Tour have reached out to buy their product when team sponsors did not offer a comparable equivalent. Next up for VeloToze, the helmet cover. See how it stacks up in this review written by contributor Dillon Caldwell.

Stat Box
Material: Latex Sizes: One size fits most
Security: Tight fitting adhesiveness Colors: Black, red
Construction: Dimpled top, smooth sides Price: $22
Fit: Pre-curved ergonomic pattern Rating: 4 Stars 4 out of 5 stars
Weight: 45 grams

Pluses
Minuses
  • Easily stashable
  • Not compatible with aero helmets
  • Keeps you warm
  • Can make you hot
  • Inexpensive
  • Material tears easily
  • Enhances aerodynamics

Review: VeloToze Helmet Cover

The VeloToze shoe covers come in a wide spectrum of colors, promising a good match for any team kit. They’re now offered in a range of styles as well, from the traditional mid-calf cover, to the ankle cover, or simple toe cover.

The fit is tight and aero enhancing.

The fit is tight and aero enhancing.

In testing, our only concern has been durability. The beauty of this lightweight, inexpensive option is also a downfall — they don’t last as long as many other shoe covers on the market.

So how would the helmet cover measure up? The primary use is as defense again inclement conditions, with easy removal and packability in the event that conditions change for the better. A secondary function is the aerodynamic advantage it lends to traditional road helmets. Slipping this cover on will turn a traditional web of ventilation into a seamless, dimpled bullet. But buyer beware, the cover only fits on traditional road helmets. An aero helmet such as the Specialized Evade flatly rejects being caged up inside this “universal” accessory. Here’s a look at the cover in action.

The verdict? If you’re looking for a cold or wet weather solution, this is a solid option. The VeloToze helmet cover will keep your head dry and warm. However, if you’re just looking for an aero solution to your traditional, non-aero lid, you may well run into some drawbacks with this product if you intend to use it in warmer conditions. Latex works great for keeping weather and air out, but the material is hardly known for its breathability. Fortunately, this product is as easy to remove as it is to put on, and it’s as stashable as your nutrition bar wrapper. We just wonder if they should call it VeloNoze instead of VeloToze.

The California company made its name making shoe covers.

The California company made its name making shoe covers.

For more information please visit www.velotoze.com.

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About the author: Dillon Caldwell

Dillon Caldwell is a native of Bend, Oregon with a big heart for the sport of cycling. He grew up to be a successful junior cross-country racer but got hooked on road racing during his time at the University of Oregon, where he ran the school's club cycling team for several years. He now spends the majority of his time as a road racer for both the Audi and the Canyon Bicycles - Shimano racing teams on the regional and the national scales, respectively. On the side, he is a mountain bike tour guide for Cog Wild, a cycling coach for Wenzel Coaching, a member of the board of directors for the Tour des Chutes cancer charity, and a passionate writer.


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