Buyer's Guide: The Difference Between a Road and an Off-Road Shoe Cover

February 01, 2018

Buyer's Guide: The Difference Between a Road and an Off-Road Shoe Cover

By Peter Ebro, GripGrab

What is the difference between the GripGrab Road and Off-Road Shoe Covers? In this guide, you will learn what the differences are between the two types of shoe covers and you'll learn how to choose the right shoe cover for your needs.

Shoe Covers for Road and Off-Road

GripGrab’s range of shoe covers is separated into two categories: Road and Off-Road. The wind- and waterproof RaceAqua, RaceThermo and Arctic shoe covers are designed for the specific conditions you face when riding on the road or off the road.

The off-road versions are easy to identify — off-road shoes have an "X" in their names. For example; the GripGrab RaceThermo X is intended for off-road use.

RaceAqua vs. RaceAqua X

The RaceAqua and RaceAqua X use the same materials. The band around the bottom of the off-road version, RaceAqua X, is made from a more durable Kevlar material. It covers a smaller part of the bottom of the shoe to allow you to walk in these shoe covers. For example, on your mountain bike when difficult passages need to be cleared on foot.

GripGrab RaceAqua

GripGrab RaceAqua

 

GripGrab RaceAqua X

GripGrab RaceAqua X

RaceThermo/Arctic vs. RaceThermo X/Arctic X

The off-road versions of the RaceThermo and Arctic feature an outer neoprene layer that is reinforced with nylon to make it more suitable for the harsh conditions encountered off-road.

When looking at the bottom of the off-road versions, we see an almost identical sole to their road counterparts. However, they also feature a strong nylon band at the front to keep the shoe covers firmly attached to the shoe in order to prevent it from slipping when getting off the bike and walking or running up steep hills or clearing cyclocross-typical obstacles. 

The fitting is fairly similar for both types of shoe covers, but the off-road shoe covers are designed so that they don't interfere with the functionality of the shoe when walking or running up steep hills or clearing cyclocross-typical obstacles.

GripGrab RaceThermo Shoe Covers

GripGrab RaceThermo / GripGrab RaceThermo Hi-Vis

GripGrab RaceThermo X

GripGrab RaceThermo X

 

GripGrab Arctic

GripGrab Arctic

GripGrab Arctic X

GripGrab Arctic X

Perfect Fit

GripGrab RaceThermo

This differentiation between road and off-road shoe covers has made it possible to make a perfect fit for each kind of use.

You don't need to comprise fit when using a road shoe cover on a mountain bike shoe – now it will fit snugly and perfectly around the shoe.

Remember, the weather is just a condition, not a restriction of going for a ride

#WeRideInAllWeather

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