The DeFeet Levitator Lite socks, as the name suggests, are a lightweight option for the summer weather, helping to keep your feet cool when the temperature is high.
These are single thickness throughout, including the cuff section that lets a little more air through than a double-layer alternative. The upper section of the foot is quite an open weave so it's highly breathable and there's a lot of elasticity around the arch to keep the sock in place. The toe seam sits on the underside rather than on top of the foot, but I didn't feel it at all in use.
The Levitator Lites are made from 51 percent nylon with 47 percent Coolmax Eco-made and 2 percent Lycra. That lot shifts sweat well so your feet stay pretty fresh-feeling even when you're riding hard in hot summer conditions.
Lightweight socks that keep your feet feeling cool in hot weather.
road.cc test report
Make and model: DeFeet Levitator Lite Socks
Size tested: Large
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?
Here's what DeFeet say, "On the heel of the successful Levitator comes the Levitator Lite. Fitting into the thin category Levitator Lite has all the incredible features of the Levitator without the padded forefoot and with a single layer cuff. Levitator Lite is the new leader of the DeFeet Thin sock category. Runners and cyclists who are fans of ultra-lite and thin love this sock because it takes comfort and durability to a shocking new level.
51% Nylon, 47% Coolmax Eco-made, 2% Lycra"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
This is the write-up on Coolmax Ecomade: "Coolmax Ecomade fiber and fabric is made from recycled resources such as plastic bottles. The resulting environmental benefits include efficient use of resources and reduction of waste to landfill and incineration.
"Coolmax Ecomade fiber has four-channel cross-sections that give it the same moisture management properties as virgin polyester fibers used for Coolmax fabrics.
"With sophisticated recycling technology, plastic bottles are transformed into high-quality polyester fiber that qualifies for use in apparel as Coolmax Ecomade fabric, and which meet Invista quality standards for moisture management. Now consumers can keep their cool while reducing the impact upon the environment."
I think that Defeet's Levitators offer better value for money.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They perform well in helping your feet to stay cool and reasonably fresh.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yeah
Would you consider buying the product? I'd stick with standard Levitators
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.