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Primal Unicorn Socks



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

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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?


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

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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!"

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Sock Material

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


* Mesh Top

* Moisture Wicking

* Short Cuff

* Tall Cuff Mid Calf Height



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.

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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

£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

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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, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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