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.
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.
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.
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?
- Outer Shell: 76% Modal, 21% polyamide, 3% elastane
- Interlining: Porelle® membrane (100% PU)
- Inner Sock: 60% bamboo rayon (viscose), 40% polyamide
You can barely spot the seams, and while thin for waterproof socks, they seem well made.
Unless you purposefully go out to grind water into the sock, it performs exactly as you'd hope.
The thinness might mean they don't last as long as thicker alternatives, but no problems so far.
A really very good fit, they're just like normal socks in many respects.
For waterproof socks, they're nice and light.
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
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Thickness, comfort, breathability, fair price.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
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.
About the tester
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