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Prendas Ciclismo Coolmax socks



Cool and comfortable no-nonsense socks at a bargain price

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These are simple Coolmax socks for use in the spring, summer and autumn, and at £6.50 a pair – or four pairs for £20 – you won’t get too upset when they eventually wear out or won’t come clean anymore.

They’re a consistent weave rather than a mesh but they keep your feet ultra-cool, and they virtually never get noticeably damp even if you’re riding hard on a hot day. The manufacturers give them a temperature range of 6-22°C and we’d say that’s about right – although cold blooded types might want something thicker when the mercury dips below about 10.

The Prendas socks are reasonably hard wearing. We’ve used them loads over the years and have always got a decent amount of life out of them – they’re certainly not prone to holes or quickly wearing through or anything like that. They're very stretchy too so you can get a close, comfy fit without any ridges.

Apart from that, there’s not much else to say. They’re straightforward, they do the job well, and the heel and toe seems are so flat that you hardly notice them. For day-in, day-out use, these are a good choice at a bargain price.

As well as white, these are available in black, red and blue and with a range of different decorated tops. You can get World Champion, Italia and Peugeot designs, to name just a few.


Cool and comfortable no-nonsense socks at a bargain price test report

Make and model: Prendas Ciclismo Coolmax socks

Size tested: White

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Prendas Cycismo say, "Our best-selling Coolmax Socks are available in a variety of plain colours (White, Black, Red and Blue) as well as some additional specific designs!

Incredibily, they have been used in all sorts of events ranging from the Olympic Games to Weddings!

The nominal temperature range for these socks is 6 to 22 degrees Celsius (42 - 71 degrees Fahrenheit), but of course some people run hot and some cold. So it's up to you."

We're not sure we'd wear them to a wedding, but we agree with the rest of it.

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, good everyday socks

Would you consider buying the product? I have done in the past

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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dave atkinson | 13 years ago

UPDATE: since we received these socks to test they've gone up from £5.95 to £6.50, so we've amended the price. The multisaver (4 pairs for £20) still applies.

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