A good pair of socks can make all the difference to your comfort on the bike. And the Madison Roadrace Premios are a very good pair of socks: they're really well made, with a compressive foot-hugging fit and a hard-wearing weave.
Made in Italy, the Roadrace Premios are available in a range of flat colours as well as this camo, and Madison-Genesis team colours. Madison says they were designed for the pro team; obviously the pro team would have to wear them anyway, whether they were any good or not. Gladly, they are.
The ribbed construction on the back and the arch gives them a snug fit, and the lighter weave on the top of the foot means they don't feel too hot when the sun comes out. The long 7.5-inch cuff will suit folks who like, well, a long cuff. If you're a short-sock-traditionalist, these ain't for you. They're not winter socks, but there's enough material here to give a bit of insulation when it's not as warm out as you'd like (ie all the time).
A tenner (less if you shop around) is a fair wedge to throw at a single pair of socks, but they're on a par performance-wise with socks such as Castelli's Rosso Corsa, which are dearer still. And these Madison socks come with a limited lifetime warranty, so if they end up not going the length you should be able to get a replacement pair. Not that I've had any issues with ours: a load of washes in, and some frankly despicable riding conditions, and they still look good as new. As ever, keep them away from Velcro when you're washing them, unless you like the fluffy look.
Comfortable and durable long-cuff socks that'll last
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Madison RoadRace Premio Extra Long Sock
Size tested: XL (46-48)
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?
Madison says: "Designed for use by our Madison Genesis pro team, this sock offers everything you'd expect from a pro level road sock"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Madison lists these features:
Made in Italy from the finest fabrics, the RoadRace Premio sock is both supportive and comfortable
Ribbed arch and shaped heel give great support and hugs your foot
The super soft touch socks will last the test of time
Extra long 7.5 inch cuff length
Made in Italy
Limited lifetime warranty
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
All fine, no issues. Keep Velcro away from them.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfy, well made.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
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
Top quality riding socks, these.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.