Giro's Classic Racer socks uses a Meryl Skinlife fabric and Coolmax construction that keeps your feet cool when the going gets hot, making them ideal for cyclo-cross racing during the winter and hot summer rides.
They have a 3in high cuff section which is perhaps on the short side of the current fashion - longer socks that nearly reach the calf muscles. There's really no right or wrong when it comes to sock length but these felt just right for me.
The Meryl Skinlife fabric 70% Polyamide and 30% Elastane, which gives them a enough stretch so that they fit comfortably over the feet. They're quite a snug fit as socks go with a second skin feeling - they feel almost invisible after a while.
Moisture is shifted away from the feet effectively. With the temperature dropping at the moment they're a little airy but I've been using them for weekend 'cross races and shorter rides (with oversocks) and they've been just fine. And I suffer from poor circulation. A good year-round sock.
Giro's website lists ten different colours and designs so there's something for everyone. Some are nice and discreet while others are a little louder; depends if you want to show your non-paying sponsor on your ankles or not.
Simple, hard-working sock that is comfortable, durable and breathable. A touch pricey though
road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro Classic Racer socks
Size tested: Medium
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?
Coolmax construction for superior moisture management and fit
Classic 3 inch cuff
Made in Italy
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Meryl Skinlife fabric with 70% Polyamide and 30% Elastane Coolmax construction.
Fabric is very breathable keeping your feet dry and the stretchy material ensures they fit really well.
A touch pricey for a single pair of socks.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good length and soft comfortable fabric.
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: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.