There are socks that languish at the back of the drawer and others that seem to be always in the wash cycle, because you take them out to wear as soon as they hit the drawer. The Sweet Protection Crossfire 6" Socks are definitely at the right end of the sock spectrum.
The 6" refers to the mid-length, which I thought makes them more of a mountain bike/touring sock than for road riding, though they look good with other light or dark blue road kit (they also come in black or white).
They're mid-weight, too. While Crossfire plays up the "keeping you cool" properties, I thought these were good autumn socks.
Construction is well thought out, with nothing inside to snag on a toenail (yuk!) and no intrusive seams. Once on, you can forget about them.
You get a L/R-specific fit, with a natty Swan logo on the outside of the ankle to keep you aligned. The elasticated ankle is broad and not too tight, while the instep has a bit of compression quality and is lightly aerated fabric for a comfortable fit and ventilation.
Stick 'em on your Christmas list.
Lovely to wear, great-fitting socks for a range of riding styles and conditions
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sweet Protection Crossfire Socks 6"
Size tested: 43/45
Tell us what the product is for
Sweet Protection says, "The Crossfire sock is a technical bike sock with a snug fit that will keep you cool throughout the day. The technical lightweight main fabric is moisture wicking and quick-drying."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
1% glass beads
You can pay less, and more...
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fit, excellent comfort, performance.
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?
About par for the course: you can spend more, and less. They are great quality though.
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
Extremely comfortable and well made, and not an unreasonable price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale CAAD10 My best bike is: Tomassini Prestige
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking