"Yes, they are actually waterproof". A bold claim by Showers Pass about their Crosspoint socks. To be fair they are kind of right but squelchy toes aren't quite banished forever.
They are made up of three layers. On the outside there's Artex, a tough knitted fabric; on the inside, a Coolmax FX liner; between them, a waterproof, breathable membrane. The liner is very soft against the skin and although they feel a little weird as you put them on thanks to the membrane they are oh so comfortable when they're in place.
The Coolmax is anti-bacterial and I can vouch for its effectiveness. After wearing them pretty much non-stop for two weeks without washing them not the slightest whiff of damp dog could be found.
The knitted outer is hardwearing and you won't find any seams in irritating places. The elasticated cuff sits just below mid-calf and it grips well, keeping the Crosspoints in place without leaving indents in your skin.
The membrane is truly waterproof with initial rides in the rain providing positive results. It was wet enough to soak my shoes on the hour's commute riding sans overshoe and mudguards. The outer layer of the sock was wet but nothing had penetrated the membrane, leaving my feet dry and beautifully cosy.
Once the roads are properly wet, with puddles forming and heavy spray from passing traffic, the Crosspoints fail in pretty much the same way as all waterproof foot coverings: water gets in the cuff after it runs down your legs. On some rides this could happen within fifteen minutes or so and the problem with waterproof membranes is they keep the water in just as well as they keep it out. Your feet stay wet for a long time and they got cold to even on a day with temperatures around 14°C.
Overall the Crosspoints get many things right with regard to build quality and comfort, and the waterproof membrane is 100% waterproof, as they claim. I did the 'stand in the bath' test just to confirm that, but on their own they aren't enough to keep your feet dry on the bike.
Pairing them up with overshoes they make part of a good layering system and their warmth when dry means they're brilliant winter socks. You do need a bit of room in your shoes as they are a bit thicker than standard cycling socks. If they do get wet on a freezing cold morning though I could imagine it's going to be very unpleasant.
They might work with waterproof trousers though. If you can get the water to flow over the cuff your feet will stay dry so that's possibly a good option for urban commuters.
Price wise they are on par with the likes of SealSkinz and others, though they all suffer from the same issues as the Crosspoints when it comes to water ingress. I'd rather spend the money on a decent pair of overshoes that'll also keep your shoes clean.
Excellent as part of layering system but not quite good enough on their own; the search for dry feet continues
road.cc test report
Make and model: Showers Pass Crosspoint Waterproof Sock
Size tested: Large, Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Showers Pass have this on their website: "Riding in the pouring rain with no booties and no front fender (we dare you)" well I took that dare and I've got wet feet. The Crosspoints are a a good cross training option so for hiking or running they will do a sterling job providing you don't step in any puddles higher than the sock cuff.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Soggy toes are a thing of the past! Ride in comfort for hours with our Crosspoint All Weather Cycling Socks; featuring:
Artex waterproof and breathable three-layer bonded construction
Wear resistant knit exterior
Moisture wicking anti-bacterial Coolmax FX lining
Mid-calf length for maximum coverage
Sizing - 36 to 49
Tough one this, they perform as well as most overshoes but have the same failings. The problem is Showers Pass's claim that they allow you to ride without overshoes and guards; they won't.
Okay but I'd rather spend the money on decent overshoes which would also keep your shoes clean.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Keep the water below the cuff and they performed brilliantly, no moisture will get in at all. Rain will still get in through the cuff though.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfort and performance on damp days.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Once your feet are wet they take ages to dry.
Did you enjoy using the product? So so.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course! My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.