Made from a 100% synthetic fibres mix, the Road Master are the entry level cycling specific socks of technical sock specialists Moose. Designed with the needs of the road rider in mind, they are lightweight, non-bulky and with specially zoned padding.
For just £5.50 you're actually getting a lot for your money with these socks. The fibre combination is highly technical, maximizing moisture wicking and speed of drying, at the same time as using silver ion technology in the 80% Climawell component to kill off bacteria and odour causing nasties, helping to maintain a sweet smelling foot against all odds. There's a little extra padding just where you need it, across the forefoot (under straps or laces area) and at the toe, but the majority of the sock is low volume and slips easily under a snug race shoe. There are highly ventilated mesh panels across the whole forefoot, while a stretch panel at the middle keeps the sock secure on the foot. The ankle band is soft, comfortable and quite high. The toe box area uses low profile seams to avoid irritation and rubbing and each pair has a specific left and right foot option (cunningly marked in the ankle cuff to avoid early morning mishaps) to maximize comfort.
In wear, they are unobtrusive and comfortable, keeping the feet at a reasonably steady temperature. They don't bunch up or move around on your foot, but the toe box is quite roomy, so unless you have a fairly broad forefoot, there may be a little extraneous fabric there. I tried a size M which was equivalent to EU40-41. The fabric moves moisture away from the foot quickly and effectively, but the 100% synthetic yarn does mean there's a certain stickiness of the skin. In the long term the silver ion treatment stops the socks getting ever increasingly stinky, despite washing, but in the short term, they still end up a bit pongy.
A really good value for money, highly technical, synthetic riding sock.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Moose.eu Road Master sock
Size tested: M
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?
Entry level cycling sock.
Aimed at all cyclists, especially road riders.
Good all-round cycling sock for any purpose.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Fully synthetic composition
- special Polypropylene yarn with silver ion treatment and extra moisture wicking/quick drying properties.
Left and right foot specific toe box
Stretch ribbed areas to grip foot.
High comfort ribbed ankle cuff.
Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL (EU38-47)
Well made with goo unobtrusive seams on toe box area.
Kept feet comfortable and a stable temperature, and wicked moisture well, but 100% synthetic fibres meant they were left a little sticky feeling still.
Wash well at 40 degrees and the silver ion treatment means they should stay fresher for longer.
Reasonably lightweight socks, especially for the comfort levels.
Fit was comfortable and feet stayed dry and a good temperature, but left just a little clammy by the synthetic fibres.
Slightly too much fabric at toe box for me, but not excessive.
Really good value for a genuinely technical sock.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well, especially in tandem with a road shoe.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Styling, fit, price.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
100% synthetic fibres.
Slightly roomy toe box.
(both very personal preferences)
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
A good value for money, well designed technical cycling sock.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.