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Verdict: 
Happy and comfortable socks to cheer up an over-serious group ride
Weight: 
54g

Primal's unicorn socks are great, primarily because they have a picture of a chubby flying unicorn on and they're covered in stars. Also they're good performance socks that are comfortable and hardwearing.

  • Pros: They have unicorns on them
  • Cons: Soon it'll be too cold to wear them

Primal uses an 'Advanced Air Transfer System Fabric' for these socks, a mixture of acrylic, nylon, spandex and Lycra. The mesh top weave allows your feet to breathe and the denser-weave sole is pretty good at resisting wear. I've had these same socks in the electric shock design and they lasted a year of heavy use; in the end they got a bit saggy as the elastic elements gave out, but they didn't wear through.

They wash easily in a normal cycle, and they don't get unduly smelly even though they're fully synthetic.

They're comfy to wear and available in two sizes to cover feet from size 4 up to size 12. They're a fairly tall cuff, which means that you can pull them up outside your bib tights and cheer everyone up on a chilly day. Until it's too cold to venture outside without your overshoes on. Come to think of it, I'd definitely go for some overshoes in this print. How about it, Primal?

Verdict

Happy and comfortable socks to cheer up an over-serious group ride

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Primal Unicorn Socks

Size tested: Lg/XL

Tell us what the product is for

Primal says, "Our Primal Unicorn socks will definitely add some fun to your day!"

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

MATERIALS

Sock Material

Advanced Air Transfer System Fabric Composition of 50% Acrylic, 25% Nylon, 15% Spandex and 10% Lycra®.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

* Mesh Top

* Moisture Wicking

* Short Cuff

* Tall Cuff Mid Calf Height

ABOUT THE FIT

Socks

Advanced air transfer fabrics help ventilate and wick away excess moisture keeping your feet cool and dry. Seams and stitching are designed for a comfortable fit without any slippage inside your shoe.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Simple to wash.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They have unicorns on.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Soon I'll have to hide the unicorns under my overshoes.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

£8 for a pair of technical socks is a fair outlay; they're not cheap but they last pretty well.

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 overall score

Good quality technical socks, fun design, decent value.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 45  Height: 189cm  Weight: 92kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Merida Scultura

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, touring, 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.

10 comments

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Al__S [1295 posts] 1 week ago
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These may be the best thing

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hawkinspeter [2661 posts] 1 week ago
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Al__S wrote:

These may be the best thing

May?

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Al__S [1295 posts] 1 week ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
Al__S wrote:

These may be the best thing

May?

I like to leave open the possibility of something better.

After all, they don't do matching jersey and bibs

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dave atkinson [6440 posts] 1 week ago
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Al__S wrote:

I like to leave open the possibility of something better.

After all, they don't do matching jersey and bibs

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dave atkinson [6440 posts] 1 week ago
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Sadly only in youth sizes. the men's one isn't as good

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don simon [2617 posts] 1 week ago
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I'm looking forward to the photos of AL_S in the new kit.

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Simon E [3437 posts] 1 week ago
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Looks like a badly drawn pig wearing a party hat.

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ConcordeCX [904 posts] 1 week ago
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Why is there a crucifix tattooed on its nose?

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StraelGuy [1586 posts] 1 week ago
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It's a badly drawn religious pig wearing a party hat, clearly yes.

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ConcordeCX [904 posts] 1 week ago
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It seems to be doing a very colourful fart, too, but I imagined that can't be helped based on the amount of gastro-intestinal surgery those sutures on its torso seem to reveal