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When cycling, reflective gear is always important. I have always been a fan of reflective footwear simply because eyes are drawn to movement as well as bright colours. As feet move more than any other body part when cycling, if they are more visible they are easier to see. So I was excited to try out the Endura Luminite Socks. They provide high visibility and high breathability, and are also fairly comfortable.
The most important aspect of these socks is the visibility they provide and I can safely say that they do this well. The pair that I reviewed are luminous yellow with reflective logo and band across the top.
During testing they were certainly easily visible when on the road. The movement definitely made me more easily seen w in darker conditions.
They have two breathable mesh areas on the top which provide good airflow whilst cycling. I sometimes find that these kind of mesh make socks feel flimsy, but these still feel well made and haven't deteriorated in the time I have been using them. This is all despite being washed three or four times.
Overall, they perform well in terms of visibility and I wore them for a few rides over two hours without anything major to declare. They managed to keep my feet at a good temperature without being too hot or cold. However, they're not intended to keep your feet especially warm, so, I wouldn't recommend wearing them without overshoes in temperatures below 5˚.
Good, high visibility socks
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Make and model: Endura Luminite Socks (2 pack)
Size tested: L/XL
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?
Aimed at the safety conscious cyclists who are also looking for breathable socks.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Nylon 85%, Elastane 15%
Meryl® Skinlife yarn with antibacterial finish
Soft, breathable yarn
Support zone at arch
Hi-visibility reflective yarn
Flat seam toe for comfort
Turned ankle cuff for comfort and to prevent slippage
They seem to be well made, haven't had any bobbling or threads appearing.
Reflective and breathable, performs well on both counts.
Seem like they are strong and would last well.
Comfortable, took them on some fairly long rides and didn't experience any discomfort.
At £20 for two pairs, they are comparable to other similar socks.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Highly visible and highly breathable, performed well in both areas.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Visible band at the top of socks is great, managing to be both flexible and comfortable whilst being highly reflective.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
If I were to be picky, it would be nice to have some more padding on the underside of the foot.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Good socks that perform well on visibility and breathability, impressive.
Age: 27 Height: 6 ft Weight:
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.