Defeet has often been at the top of the sock game and these Cyclismo Tabs confirm that things are still good. Great fabrics, excellent construction and so comfortable.
- Pros: Lovely to wear on warm or cool days, excellent fit
- Cons: You pay for it
Made from 66% nylon, 31% recycled polyester and 3% Lycra, the Cyclismos have a very soft feel to the parts of the foot that are inside the shoe and a more robust, compressive setup for the cuff to keep everything in place.
As a layer between shoe and skin they can't be faulted, plus you get extra padding under the ball of the foot for comfort. Breathability is great too.
Overall construction can't be faulted either, and with a reinforced toe box and heel, durability isn't likely to be an issue.
You are totally paying for what you're getting here, though, and as a previous owner of plenty of Defeet socks I can assure you you will get plenty of seasons out of these.
Impressively comfortable socks for spring, summer and autumn usage that are worth the outlay
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road.cc test report
Make and model: DeFeet Cyclismo Tab Socks
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Defeet says, "Cushioned under the ball of the foot, creating a tighter fit in the forefoot Cushion helps dampen road vibration and eradicate any movement of the foot inside the shoe."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Defeet distributor i-Ride lists these features:
Designed with the pro rider in mind
Thin fit profile, ideal for wear in warm to hot conditions
Features a meta-pad underneath the ball of the foot to lessen vibration and improve pedaling mechanics
Breathable and moisture wicking, designed to dry fast inside securely fitted cycling shoes
Great for running, hiking, and on the bike.
Eco-friendly: Made from recycled water bottles in North Carolina, USA.
Machine wash cold, tumble dry low. No bleach, softeners or harsh detergents.
66% Nylon, 31% Recycled Polyester, 3% Lycra
Nice and roomy and matched Defeet's size guide.
At the top end but worth it for the quality and comfort.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No shrinkage issues when chucked in on a cool 30 degree machine wash and they came up clean after a wet and muddy ride.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Even a very stiff carbon sole couldn't cause discomfort.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Very little to dislike.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Pricier than most we've tested but their performance and quality justify it.
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
The Cyclismo Tabs feel absolutely great when you put them on and stay that way no matter how long you ride. They are pricier than most but well worth the money for their quality.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.