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DeFeet's Levitator Lite 6in socks are comfortable and look great. The classy, simple socks comes in a wide range of colours and designs. They handle washes well and have remained soft on the skin.
I was expecting the socks to cause slightly sweaty feet, being constructed using nylon, recycled polyester and a bit of Lycra (in a 60%, 37%, 3% mix), but on my later summer and autumn rides this wasn't the case. They breathe well and performed well in the warm early-season cyclo-cross races.
The construction includes thicker reinforced areas under the heel and toe. This both extends the life of the socks and adds to the comfort. These are lovely socks to wear on longer rides.
DeFeet recommends them for running and hiking along with the on-bike use and I was more than happy to wear these to work.
With 37% of the material used to make these socks coming from recycled water bottles, they also have some eco-credentials.
For washing, it's probably best to stick to the recommended 30°C. I've had zero issues with shrinking: sizing has remained spot on with a compressive fit that isn't constrictive. (I've also used a low heat tumble.)
At £16.99 these are pricey and you can easily pick up something cheaper – Cycology's for £10, Sportful's BodyFit Team 15 for £12, Le Col's for £14 and dhb's Aeron Labs for £15. That said, you're getting what you pay for here and, having already purchased DeFeet socks previously, I'd be happy to buy more.
Comfy, look good and work well – great socks
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road.cc test report
Make and model: DeFeet Levitator Lite 6
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
"The lightest weight sock in the DeFeet line
DeFeet Aireator mesh for superior breathability and comfort
No feel toe seam for added comfort inside the shoe
Reinforced heel & toe for durability in high stress abrasion areas
Great for running, hiking, and on the bike"
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Eco-friendly: Made from recycled water bottles in North Carolina, USA
Machine wash cold, tumble dry low. No bleach, softeners or harsh detergents.
60% Nylon, 37% Recycled Polyester, 3% Lycra
You can certainly buy cheaper socks, but these are very good.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Didn't shrink when washed at 30 and tumbled on low or line dried.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They breathe well, ensuring un-sweaty feet. Very good performance.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The comfort on and off the bike.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Have done and will do again.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Very good socks. You pay for it, but I think they're well worth it.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Di2 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.