Technically speaking, Teko actually calls these running socks, but don't fear, they're perfectly suited to cycling and, well, most other situations involving exercise too.
At their core is a technical 'Evapor8' yarn that's breathable and very soft against the skin, with what Teko calls an 'Arch Wrap' system that provides support around the circumference of your foot arch. The heels and toes also benefit from additional padding, while the underside is cushioned too.
That cushioning pays off when riding in super-stiff road shoes (they're perfect partners for my Sidi Shots, for example), and they really perform strongly in the warm conditions they're designed for. That said, they're not super-thin on top, so if it is a touch chilly on an autumnal morning, for example, you won't be suffering with frozen toes too quickly.
A seamless construction is said to give the Adrenalin socks high durability (Teko provides a guarantee against manufacturer defects – not all that common in high wear products like socks), while it definitely reduces the chances of any chafing when worn inside a shoe.
In particular, I like that the fabric is sourced from sustainable materials, while the company also makes a multitude of designs for both men and women, and in differing heights too (if that kind of thing bothers you). At £10.95 a pop, they're well worth a look.
Make and model: teko Adrenalin Running Socks
Tell us what the product is for
Teko says: "An everyday favourite for your daily run or visit to the gym. Whether you're a weekend warrior, a dawn patroller or night raider these socks will not disappoint. They have a sleek design that will hug your foot in a way that no other socks do. These socks feel luxuriously comfortable against your skin. The sock is lightly cushioned under the whole foot and around the heel for maximum comfort and performance. Easy to care for and from an eco-friendly source."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Features (via teko's website):
- Luxurious ultra-fine microfibers dry and evaporate moisture quickly
- Evapor8 fibre regulates your temperature
- Anatomical fit - smooth, seamless & snug
- Performs best in warm, hot & humid conditions
- Teko lifetime guarantee against fault of manufacture
Rate the product for quality of construction:
Seamless construction means that there's little to go wrong.
Rate the product for performance:
No complaints at all here.
Rate the product for durability:
The white fabric does attract dirt easily, but that's par for the course.
Rate the product for fit:
Really well considered fit that cocoons your foot.
Rate the product for sizing:
Seems to be on the money in the XL we had on test – I'm a UK size 12.
Rate the product for weight:
30g is hardly noticeable.
Rate the product for comfort:
The soft fabric and seamless construction, plus the padding, makes these very comfortable.
Rate the product for value:
Good quality technical socks can cost upwards of £15-20 in some places – these are just as good.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
It's fine in your usual wash, but the white can absorb colour and dirt easily.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Technical, good fit, environmentally-friendly construction.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
No striking designs.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
A quick look around premium brands shows that these are good value.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, if Teko could come up with more cycling-friendly designs.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Aside from the lack of cycling marketing and designs, there's not much to fault here, these are excellent.
Age: 28 Height: 188cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 SL (2016) My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
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