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The dhb Aeron Lab Socks are lightweight, breathable and simply designed in a variety of colours, so they'll match not just the rest of the dhb line-up but virtually any kit you have. A classic pair of summer socks.
The socks are made from a high-performance microfibre yarn called Meryl Hydrogen which, according to Meryl, gives garments 'an ultimate absorption property', as well as being breathable, moisturising and super-soft. I can certainly confirm that it results in a sock that is lightweight and plenty breathable, even when time trialling with overshoes on. No post-ride sweaty feet!
The socks are advertised as mid length and also described as a 'long high performance summer sock' ; they have a 13cm cuff, and on my legs comes up slightly tall. No complaints from me here.
I can also confirm that they feel soft and very comfortable. They wash well, and seem to be constructed to last.
They're not particularly cheap, with an rrp of £15, which makes them more expensive than options such as Chapeau's Tall Sock (£9.99), Northwave's Sunday Monday socks (£11.99) and even dhb's own Aeron Light Weight Merino socks (£10). However, Wiggle and Chain Reaction almost always have them on sale for less, depending on which colour you choose. They're also far from being the most expensive socks out there.
Breathable and lightweight cycling socks in a variety of colours to match your kit
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road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Aeron Lab Sock
Size tested: 9.5-12
Tell us what the product is for
dhb says, 'The Aeron Lab sock is a highly technical and high performance sock designed to keep you cool when riding in warm/hot conditions.
'The superlight mesh knit construction on the cuff and foot of the Lab socks provide cooling and airflow, and a support band at the mid foot and top of cuff provide excellent support and comfort.
'The Aeron Lab sock uses a revolutionary new high performance microfiber yarn from Meryl called Hydrogen (step-up from meryl Skinlife in terms of comfort/performance). Meryl Hydrogen is extremely light, soft, comfortable, breathable, and offers very high levels of moisture management. It also inhibits the build-up of static.'
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
dhb lists these details:
Long high performance summer sock
Meryl Hydrogen yarns for extreme comfort and performance
Highly breathable mesh cuff and top foot panels
Support band at mid foot and top of cuff
13cm cuff length
Reinforced heel and toe
Sock Length: Mid
75% Polyamide(Nylon), 25% Elastane(Spandex)
Well put together, with no wear and tear visible over the testing period.
Wick away sweat effectively, even during hot weather.
No visible wear over the testing period or any wear of the elastic.
Fit true to size with a medium length cuff.
Sizing is accurate.
Nice soft socks, even after several washes.
You can buy cheaper socks, but you can also pay more...
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed well, with no effect on the suppleness of the fabric or the elasticity of the cuff.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They keep your feet comfortable in a wide range of conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
How well they match different kit.
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?
Chapeau's Tall Socks are £9.99, Northwave's Sunday Monday socks are £11.99, and dhb's own Aeron Light Weight Merino socks are £10 – but there are more expensive options too, such as Velocio's Bretons for £17, and ashmei's Classic Merino and Cafe du Cycliste's Block Colour socks, both of which cost £18.
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
These socks hardly put a foot wrong, though they are priced towards the more expensive end.
About the tester
I usually ride: Giant TCR My best bike is: Giant Trinty
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, club rides, the occasional bit of track