It's not often I get excited about socks, but these Sportful Bodyfit Team 15 socks are very good when it comes to comfort and performance. They are a little rough round the edges for their £12 price tag, but that's hidden in your shoes.
The Bodyfit Teams are socks of two halves, with the bottom part – the bit that is in the shoes – made from Meryl Skinlife bacteriostatic fabric, and the leg part created from a light mesh, printable fabric.
The Meryl fabric has permanent antimicrobial properties which are said to reduce the chance of the garment smelling from the bacteria found in sweat. I'd say it works pretty well as I wore them for a week's riding without washing them and they were exactly the same as when they came out of the packet.
It feels to be a pretty robust material too, plus Sportful has added some reinforcing in the high-wear areas like the top of the foot and under the toes.
All of the seams are positioned out of the way as well, so there are no issues with rubbing. That said, the stitching isn't the neatest or tidiest I've ever seen, especially where the bottom section meets the top.
The calf part of the socks is highly stretchy and lets plenty of air through, and the fit is so close there could even be some tiny aero advantage. The cuff is held in place by a small silicone strip. I was also impressed with how durable the thin fabric is too.
For such a snug pair of socks, sizing is surprisingly generous. We have the M/L here which should fit feet between EUR 40 and 43. I'm a 45 and had no issues with them feeling tight or small. If I was buying them I'd probably go with the guide, but if you are between sizes you can stick with the lower option I reckon.
Priced at £12 a pair, they certainly aren't cheap, but they are less than a lot of the other socks we've tested recently. Lusso's Active Aero socks follow a similar theme, and while the Manchester-based firm usually scores very well on value, these cost £19.99.
The very comfortable, whiff-repelling Kalf Tall socks are pretty much the same money as the Sportfuls at £11.99.
Overall, the Sportful Bodyfit Team 15 socks perform very well, and thankfully the untidy stitching is all hidden inside your shoes.
Slightly untidy stitching but they keep your feet smelling sweet and might even offer an aero advantage...
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Sportful Bodyfit Team 15 Socks
Size tested: Medium/large
Tell us what the product is for
Sportful says, "The Bodyfit Team 15 Socks use Meryl® Skinlife® bacteriostatic yarns to give your feet the comfort they deserve when cycling far and fast. This impressively lightweight material works brilliantly to move sweat off the skin, leaving your feet fresh and comfortable, while the bacteriostatic yarns also preventing the build of odours. The 15cm cuff provides extra coverage over the ankle, with a silicone cuff that keeps them firmly in place no matter what."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Meryl® Skinlife® bacteriostatic yarns
Partly made in light mesh, printable fabric
Much stronger than I thought they would be.
Stick with the size guide but they are pretty generous so you can go for the smaller ones if you are between sizes.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
They do get dirty easily in this colour but I've had no issue with them being stained after going through the wash.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Spot on for riding on the road and rougher surfaces like gravel.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Comfort is very impressive.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not the neatest stitching around the foot.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They are priced competitively against a lot of the competition.
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
Great cycling-specific socks when it comes to comfort and performance, if a little rough around the edges for their price.
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
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!