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Well-ventilated socks for the warmer weather at a very good price

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These lightweight cycle-specific socks are highly ventilated, good value and they come with a neat little Union Jack round the back and some Great Britain logos.

Like Moose's Road Master socks that Leonie reviewed last year /content/review/32287-mooseeu-road-master-sock, these are made from 80% ClimaWell, 10% polypropylene, 5% polyamide (nylon) and 5% elastane.

ClimaWell is a polyproylene fabric that's said to contain silver ions to prevent bacteria from reproducing. This in turn is supposed to prevent odours. Does it work? Put it this way: if you get sweaty feet while you're riding, your socks are going to smell whatever, but I've found that these come out of the washing machine smelling okay ready for next time. They don't cumulatively build up a stink like some technical clothing out there.

The upper bit of the foot is mesh so if you have vents in your shoe uppers. air can get right in to keep your toes cool. It also means that moist air can escape out. Clearly, that means these socks are best suited to warm weather riding; they don't provide much in the way of winter warmth.

The toes, the soles and the ankle section are denser and the double thickness cuff is 4cm tall. There's also an elasticated band around your mid-foot that helps hold them in place. I've found these to be soft and comfortable and you can't feel the seams when you're riding.

My only real criticism is that these did start to show their age pretty early on. Like most white socks, they were a lot less gleaming after getting caught out in the rain a couple of times, and the outer face soon went a little bobbly too. Still, those factors didn't affect the performance; they're still doing a good job.


Well-ventilated socks for the warmer weather at a very good price

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Make and model: Great Britain socks

Size tested: XL

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?

Moose say, "In this series of products we focused on the graphics rather than the conventional emphasis on the technical aspects of the product. The sock has an inscription of Great Britain and the British flag on the hem. Enjoy!

Composition: 80% ClimaWell, 10% Polypropylene, 5% Polyamide, 5% elastane"

They're comfortable, warm-weather socks with good ventilation.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Here's the spiel on Climawell:

"The ClimaWell is a polypropylene yarn with active biogenic silver ions (Ag+)

- The ClimaWell prevents bacteria, viruses and mildews from reproduction. It keeps natural biological microclimate of the skin and helps to eliminate disagreeable odour. The ClimaWell is a totally non-toxic material without any health hazard.

- As every functional material the ClimaWell is naturally non-deliquescent with good dampness transportation and quick dry.

- Silver in the ClimaWell core works against static electricity, helps to cure various sores and scratches on the skin.

- Thanks to its production technology the ClimaWell is surprisingly abrasion-resistant, thus the products made of it are agreeably durable. The fibre is easily recyclable at the same time.

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They're lasting well although the looks have faded quite quickly... so it depends on your priorities.

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You won't find cycling-specific socks much cheaper.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Good warm-weather comfort with decent moisture transfer.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

I like the design with the little Union Jacks. The overall comfort is high.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

They started looking tired – grey and slightly bobbled – early on.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? I'd want to looks to last longer.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? As above.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

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, club rides, 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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