by Carol Crooker | 2005-01-30 03:00:00-07
NEOS Villager overshoes (the colorful ones) and Trekker overshoes (the tall ones)
NEOS makes overshoes that fit over trail runners, boots, and even street shoes. The overshoes are waterproof to protect shoes from the weather and have a lugged sole to provide traction. This year NEOS debuts Villager overshoes, their lightest yet. The Villager overshoes are 11 inches high and weigh 1.6 pounds per pair (that’s 13 ounces each). They come in green, black, and a multitude of wild prints. The Trekker, which we tested at last winter’s Backcountry Basecamp (NEOS Trekker), is 20 inches high, weighs 2 pounds per pair, and uses the same Superlight sole as the Villager. The overshoes’ seams are taped and the insole is radio frequency welded to the upper. The Superlight soles are surprisingly durable – the demo pair of Villagers that had been worn for 140 miles of running showed only a hint of wear.
Bottom of the Superlite sole
Cross section of a Villager overshoe showing the Superlite sole and internal seam tape
"NEOS Villager Overshoes First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/neos_villager_outdoor_retailer_winter_market_2005.html, 2005-01-30 03:00:00-07.