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Verdict: 
Thin and comfortable, while remaining waterproof and breathable – these are very good weather-resistant socks
Weight: 
64g

As the name suggests, DexShell's Ultra Thin socks are refreshingly low-profile – feeling very much like a typical winter weight sock while proving to be robustly waterproof and breathable.

  • Pros: Thin, comfortable, breathable, fair price
  • Cons: None, really

When it comes to waterproof socks, there's really one question that needs answering: are they, or aren't they?

The good news is that the DexShells are genuinely waterproof – proven through a number of wet autumnal rides, as well as use while pursuing my other active hobby, rowing. Unless you go to the trouble of really grinding the sock into a deep puddle, for example, the waterproof 'Porelle' membrane really does remain an effective barrier, even after a few standard washes.

They're breathable too; impressively so. As with the last waterproof socks I tested from Showers Pass, I tended to wear trainer liners with the DexShells and found that they emerged noticeably drier than they had with the Showers Pass socks.

I think that's down to the thickness: the DexShells are definitely thinner – they're half the weight – and it meant my feet tended not to heat up and sweat as much, and means moisture can escape easier too. In deep winter I'd probably veer back to using the Showers Pass socks for the extra warmth, but for middling seasons there's no question which is more comfortable to wear. The internal bamboo-based fabric layer in the DexShells is softer, with the whole sock moulding to the curve of the foot and ankle better and – crucially – fitting better within the confines of my shoes. This also means circulation is improved, while the outer Modal-based fabric is resilient and sturdy, protecting the membrane.

> How to keep your feet warm while cycling in winter

Naturally, you'd expect to pay a fair amount for this effective performance, but the DexShells are among the cheapest that the brand makes at £22 a pair. That seems like fair value when you can spend a similar amount for a technical summer sock at times, and the Showers Pass are a fiver more.

Verdict

Thin and comfortable, while remaining waterproof and breathable – these are very good weather-resistant socks

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road.cc test report

Make and model: DexShell Ultra Thin Modal Socks

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

DexShell says: "With made-from-pulp, biodegradable modal and bamboo rayon yarns, the DexShell Ultra Thin sock features blister free fit, a soft and supple hand, and dry warmth."

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

Features:

- Outer Shell: 76% Modal, 21% polyamide, 3% elastane

- Interlining: Porelle® membrane (100% PU)

- Inner Sock: 60% bamboo rayon (viscose), 40% polyamide

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

You can barely spot the seams, and while thin for waterproof socks, they seem well made.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Unless you purposefully go out to grind water into the sock, it performs exactly as you'd hope.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

The thinness might mean they don't last as long as thicker alternatives, but no problems so far.

Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10

A really very good fit, they're just like normal socks in many respects.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight:
 
9/10

For waterproof socks, they're nice and light.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
10/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Very good, given the construction.

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

No problems, washed fine.

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

Excellent.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Thickness, comfort, breathability, fair price.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

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

Compared with Showers Pass socks that I still use today, they're a fiver cheaper and perform just as well (arguably better in some areas).

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, they've impressed me enough (normally I wouldn't bother with waterproof socks).

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

As far as waterproof socks go, these are very impressive and comfortable.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 29  Height: 188cm  Weight: 80kg

I usually ride: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 SL (2016)  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Under 5 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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mylesrants [423 posts] 5 days ago
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Will give them a rock for winter MTB.

thanks for the heads up