Socks are socks unless you're talking cycling-specific socks. These Assos équipeSock_evo7s are made from a fabric that is thin and very breathable and manages sweat really well, resulting in cooler and drier feet compared with wearing standard cotton socks. Put simply, they're more comfortable than plain old socks.
They're designed for warm weather riding and that means the material is lightweight with a mesh construction. This helps them to keep your feet cool and prevents overheating on longer rides. They really are more comfortable when combined with cycling shoes.
The fit is excellent, neither too tight nor too loose, and the length is just right, not too short but not as long as some of the more, shall we say, 'fashionable' socks doing the rounds at the moment. Some socks are sold in various lengths which is a nice option, but that's not on offer here, so you're stuck with the default length.
They're constructed with flat-bonded seams which boosts comfort, and durability has been excellent. They've had a lot of use over the past few months and been through countless washes and still look good as new.
If you're the type of person who finds wearing the same colour socks a bit boring, Assos provides colour options so you can have one sock a different colour to the other, if that's your sort of thing... The logos are also printed on opposite sides. Symmetry is so boring.
Cycling-specific socks can be expensive additions to any cyclist's wardrobe, but here Assos makes a decent argument for spending a bit of money on them, with excellent performance and durability.
Durable, temperature-regulating socks
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Assos EquipeSock_evo7
Size tested: Medium (I)
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?
Assos says: "Taking our 2-in-1 platform used on our duathlonSock, which makes it perfect for both running and cycling, we have refined the colours available for the new season.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Designed for warm weather riding or running
Flat bonded seams
Reinforced heel pad
Four colour options
Very comfortable, the fabric is soft next to the skin, the fit isn't too tight, and the material remains dry at all times.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Very, they have kept clean through multiple washes.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Work really well in warm conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Really comfortable fit, good length and regulate temperature.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No choice of sock length as you get with some brands.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Work really well
About the tester
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, mountain biking
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.