These Giro Winter Wool socks are warm merino wool socks for the winter, although I'd say they're a fiver overpriced.
They're actually 70% merino wool, the remainder being polyester, Lycra and elastic, and they're reasonably thick. At least the sole, the toe and the heel are thick, made from a toweling weave. The top of the foot is thinner although nothing like as thin as you'll find on a summer-weight sock
The cuff section is ribbed like that of many other sports socks and it's a generous 14cm high. It stays in place rather than slipping down as you pedal and that means there's no danger of any draughts getting in if the ankles of your tights ride up a bit.
I've used thicker cycling socks but these are reasonably warm. I'll find plenty of use for them through the autumn and into the winter. After several weeks' use there's a little bobbling of the wool around the heel, but not enough to worry about.
My only problem with these socks is that I think £20 is too steep. They're good but I still think they're £5 too expensive.
Mid-weight merino socks that provide a good level of warmth for autumn/winter riding.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro Winter Wool socks
Size tested: Medium, grey
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?
- Winter weight Merino wool blend
- High-rise 5.5 inch (14cm) cuff fits with tights and warmers
- Made in Italy
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Merino wool is naturally antibacterial and naturally good at wicking sweat away from your skin.
You can't really go wrong with socks although an elasticated central band over the bridge of your foot and ribbed cuffs hold them in place well.
You can find thicker, warmer full-on winter socks but these provide good insulation, especially considering that they're fairly low bulk.
There's a small amount of bobbling around the heel after a few weeks of use, but nothing major.
They're really comfy without any ridges or folds.
I'd say these should be priced at more like £15.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They're good, although I'd say they're best for intermediate conditions - autumn and spring - rather than the depths of winter, although I guess it depends how cold your feet tend to get.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
They're very stretchy for a close, comfortable fit. The merino wool feels comfy too.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I reckon they're a bit overpriced.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly, although you can get cheaper merino socks.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above.
About the tester
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
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, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven 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. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.