The Lowdown: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB shoe covers
The true value of a pair of shoe covers can usually be summed up using two criteria: How hard are they to put on and do they keep your feet warm? Using this scale, Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. Barrier WxB shoe covers get high marks. Thanks to stretchable Kevlar base material and a novel two-stage hook-and-loop closure system, it doesn't take a full-on tug-of-war to slip these covers over your shoes. They also do a commendable job beating back Old Man Winter. Though Pearl Izumi only rates them for milder temperatures (around 40 degrees and up), our feet have stayed comfortably warm and dry during numerous wet-road rides when temps hovered around freezing. Our lone complaint is that after about two months of hard use, we've seem some subtle degradation of material where the covers contact our shoe's buckles. There are also a few spots where seams have begun to fray. Bottom line, we're roundly impressed with how well these shoe covers work, but have some questions about long term durability.