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I think all keen road cyclist would agree that the success of a pair of socks lies in two fundamental aspects: colour and length. The Attaquer Vertical Logo socks have a great length that seems to be the trending at the moment: enough to see the calf, but keeping the ankle to one's imagination. Normally, colour for me is simple: white in summer, black in winter. However, to my surprise, the navy looked great – though accompanying navy bib shorts are probably a must, too. The white lettering stands out and adds a bit of interest.
Fit-wise, I had nothing to complain about. They never fell down or felt too tight, delivering just the right level of support.
They are made of a thicker material, and are best described as a midweight sock. They were great on those days when I couldn't decide whether to wear shorts or tights. They kept my legs warmer than a standard pair of socks, allowing for shorts on cooler days. I was never too hot in them, but I'd imagine that would change above 25°C – unfortunately, the UK hasn't provided these testing conditions...
The added silver yarn in the footbed is inspired – it's antimicrobial and assists in wicking away sweat and certainly worked: these socks never smelt bad, even after long rides, making my kit wash a much more pleasant experience.
These were originally on the system as £19.95, a price that I would be willing to pay for a premium pair of socks, so £14.95 makes these even more attractive. Okay, it's not cheap, but they're in the same ballpark as established sock manufacturers, a little cheaper than DeFeet's Cyclismo Tab socks and dhb's Aeron Labs at £17.99 and £15 respectively.
Overall, they're a stylish pair of socks, perfect for autumn, winter and spring. The length, colour and fit are great. The marketing says they're "the most advanced, lightweight and comfortable cycling socks on the market" and I can't really argue with that.
Brilliant fit and distinctive look – a great pair of socks
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Attaquer Vertical Logo Socks
Size tested: One size
Tell us what the product is for
Attaquer says: "Attaquer's high performance cycling socks are specifically designed to ensure that your feet stay fresh, dry, and odour-free all day. The addition of chemical free silver yarn woven into the foot bed offers the added benefit of being one of nature's most effective antimicrobial agents, and assists with moisture wicking. Treat your feet to the most advanced, lightweight and comfortable cycling socks on the market."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- body contoured
- antimicrobial silver yarn woven into the footbed
May get slightly too hot during peak summer.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed very well and dried very fast.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Superb: comfortable and unnoticeable. Looked great too – great for sock dopers!
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The look and compressive fit.
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?
Pricey for non-specialist socks; about average for specialist ones – more than some, but not the most expensive we've tested.
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
Nothing to complain about. Just a great fitting, good looking pair of socks!
About the tester
I usually ride: Felt F1 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, touring, club rides