Mmmm, new socks. Everyone likes new socks and these new Summer Socks from dhb are just the job.
Lots of cycling socks are of the ultra-thin variety. You know the ones; the section on top of your foot is so fine you can see your toes through it, and the soles are just a bit thicker. DeFeet's Air-e-ator design is like that, for example, and it shifts sweat well and keeps your feet cool...
These socks are a little more substantial over your foot. They're actually lighter than the pair of Air-e-ators I hooked out of the drawer, but the foot section is less of a mesh and feels like it has more body to it. There's quite a lot of cotton in here (40%; 50% polyester, 7% nylon, 3% elastane), and that ups the volume a bit.
Cotton? In cycling kit? Well, Coolmax fibres in the weave help shift moisture away from your skin and I haven't noticed any undue sweatiness while wearing these. My feet have stayed a perfectly comfortable temperature in these too, even on the warmest rides; they've felt great.
Whereas many cycling socks double-over at the top so you get a dual-thickness from the ankle upwards, these are single thickness right up to the narrow, Lycra-reinforced cuff. That provides a bit more cooling up here than usual.
The heel and toe are slightly reinforced to help prevent wear - durability is impressive after several weeks of use. The only negative on that front is that, try as I might, I've not managed to keep the white bits particularly white... but that's always the way.
Right, I'm not going to wibble on about socks any longer... These are cool, durable, and a reasonable price. I likes 'em. Oh, and they're available in this 8cm ankle version, or in a taller 14cm version. That'll cost you a pound extra but you'll look all European and sophisticated. Maybe.
Cool, durable summer riding socks at a reasonable price
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Summer socks
Size tested: Black. 8cm
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?
DHB say, "Get fully kitted out with the new summer dhb unisex cycling socks. Available in 4 colours these lightweight COOLMAX socks are incredibly comfortable and functional.
8cm lightweight ankle sock
COOLMAX fibers for moisture management
Reinforced 3D toe box
Arch support zone
Available in; white-black / black-white / red-white / blue-white
A number of technical features make these high quality socks a very sound purchase. COOLMAX yarn manages moisture, transferring it to the outside so it can be evaporated. A soft lycra welt top cuff is smooth and comfortable against your ankle.
A reinforced heel, with volumised 'big heel', allows your ankle to feel unrestricted. The 3D toe box has a reinforced section to help prevent early wear. The arch support zone makes your foot feel secure and comfortably compressed.
If you like lower ankle socks - go for this model. If you prefer a slightly higher rise sock - go for the 14cm Summer Sock (new window)
Really good quality. I know they're just socks... but they are well-made socks.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Really comfy and durable
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 190cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.