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French brand to show heated cycling shoe covers at Eurobike

Published July 2, 2018

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Racer, a French glove and protection manufacturer, plans to introduce a battery-powered heated shoe cover for cyclists at Eurobike, which opens here on Sunday, July 8.

Racer has offered heated gloves for cyclists for several seasons.

The shoe cover has a Lithium Ion battery with IR-WARM 2.0 heating technology developed in cooperation with the French Army Biomedical Center. IR-WARM 2.0 is a system of heated wires that are spread over the entire foot.

"This revolutionary technology with thermo-regulation ensures a constant feeling of warmth, even when the temperature drops to minus 10 degrees," the company said. The heating can be adjusted individually between three different heat levelsdepending on the actual weather situation. Depending on the selected heat level, the battery lasts up to six hours.

The cover has breathable, leather-like material Clarino on the inside. The outside has a softshell material that keeps out light snow or rain. Its zipper is air- and waterproof, and the tip of the shoe cover is Kevlar-reinforced with a neoprene sleeve. The shoe cover weighs 400 grams. It's designed to fit over road or mountain bike shoes. 

Racer is based in Salon de Provence, France and produces about 250,000 pairs of gloves annually, with distribution in over 20 countries. The company, which started in the ski industry, introduced its first heated motorbike glove in 1983. In 2015, Racer introduced their first bike collection that includes gloves, protection wear and now shoe covers. Its heated bike glove, the E-GLOVE 2, was awarded with a EUROBIKE Award in 2017.

Racer's bike product line is distributed in Canada by Distributions Lyncee. MSRP in Canada is $455 CAN. In Europe it is 220 euros. Racer currently has no U.S. distribution.

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