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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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