NEOS Overshoes Review by Jim Caldwell of Fotobug

December 21st, 2011 by Chris Klapheke

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NEOS Overshoes Review Video Transcript

Hi. I’m Jim Caldwell, and welcome to a Fotobug review. Now, on a recent podcast Chris Klapheke had recommended NEOS overshoes for the fall photographer and why overshoes? I mean, that’s not really photography, is it?

We decided to give the NEOS overshoes a real workout. Now these are the NEOS overshoes. They come in several different styles and sizes. These are the Adventurers, the ones that we’re going to be reviewing. There’s also the Villager model. Now the main difference between these is the length of the skirt. Now, they even have models that have much extended skirts, almost like waiters.

We also have insulated models but we’re going to be testing the Adventurer. Now, the overshoes consist of Velcro snaps. There is a lightweight strong rubber inner lining and these are overshoes so what they essentially do is they fit over your shoe. Quickly snap up, snap them in place and you’re ready to go.

We’re shooting this in Florida and this is a pretty typical situation. I am here in the Mangroes. I need to get from here to there and we have water in between us. Now, ordinarily I’d have to take off my shoes or I’d have to go with wet feet all day but we’re going to try out these NEOS overshoes to see how they work in this situation. So here I go.

Now these are not waiters; so they’re not intended to go into waist-deep water. In fact, they’re good for about water about 12″ deep, no more than 12″. As you see I’m  going through here and I feel absolutely no water whatsoever coming in. In fact, the water looks like it’s rolling off the boots like the feathers of a duck. And my feet are nice and dry.

Well, the NEOS Adventurers worked great here in Florida in water among the Mangroves. But I also understand they’re supposed to work well in ice and snow. Wonder how far I’m going to have to go to find some ice and snow? Well, you can tell that I’m not in Florida anymore. In fact, I’m here at Summit Lake on the Mount Evans in Colorado. We came here because we wanted to give the NEOS boots a real workout.

As you can see, I’m wearing the NEOS boots. I came out here yesterday to scout the area out, and it must be colder this morning because the lake and everything is pretty much frozen over. Yesterday when I was scouting I did not have the boots on. I punched through the snow and ice and my boots filled up with water and my feet were pretty cold all day. If I had this on, that wouldn’t have happened. It’s my fault that I didn’t wear them. I’m going to go out on this. There we go. There we go. I broke through. My feet are staying nice and dry. The boots have kept the water. They’re warm. 
Look at that. Look at this. This is just icing water. It’s absolutely incredible. Just a proof after dancing there in the ice and icy water, proof is out, and as you can see, my boot is dry, dry as can be. This would be crazy if I didn’t have these things on. My feet would be soaked I’d be freezing all day, pretty much like I did yesterday. So really in ice and snow, these boots work great.

OK. Well, here we are back in Florida again. And when we go and investigate something, we go all out. So what did we think of the NEOS overshoe? Well, yes, I can recommend it. These things work great. They’re very, very, very lightweight and strong; and also it’s a surprise to me that the tread as you can see on the  shot here also kept us from slipping and sliding on the ice which was something that was somewhat unexpected.
Now keep in mind the NEOS overshoe is an overshoe. It’s not a boot. So when you order yours, make sure that you get a size that’s big enough to fit over your shoes. In fact, I’m kind of in between sizes. Mine was just a little bit sloppy, but that’s ok. It kept me warm when I was in the ice and snow and they kept me dry.

Also, just saying, that if you got really, really, really small feet or are for a child, these aren’t going to protect you in 12″ of water. That the size of the skirt seems to be related to the size of the shoe. So just saying, just keep that in mind. So the NEOS overshoe. You can get yours from our friend Chris Klapheke at




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One Response to “NEOS Overshoes Review by Jim Caldwell of Fotobug”

  1. Jim says:

    I got the NEOS Adventurers and they are great. The only thing to watch out for is not to get the water level up near the top two inches or so of the boots. And don’t ask me how I know about this ;-)

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