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The MAAP Emblem Socks are comfortable, breathable, and good looking things to have on your feet when it's hot. They're expensive, though.
First off the main body of the sock is highly perforated, like mesh. This allows impressive breathability, and is great for keeping your feet cool in the hottest conditions. In well-ventilated shoes you can actively feel a breeze on the top of your feet.
In addition to being good at wicking away sweat, the Meryl Skinlife antibacterial yarns mean they don't start to smell after a long and sweaty ride. They also have a padded heel and toe to alleviate pressure on those points when riding.
At the top MAAP has used a Jacquard mesh cuff, which keeps the socks in place effectively.
At €20 (around £17.20 at the time of writing), there is no doubt these are expensive; in fact, looking through our recent reviews there are few basic summer socks that cost more. Yes, the 7mesh Word Socks are £18, but those are designed for a wider range of temperatures whilst the MAAPs are very much summer only.
Overall I was really impressed by these socks in terms of their breathability, comfort, and hot weather performance. However, this impressive performance comes at a high price.
Fantastic socks for hot days, but they come at a high price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: MAAP Emblem Sock
Size tested: XL
Tell us what the product is for
MAAP says: "Treat your feet when temperatures rise with the Emblem Sock. Designed with moisture-wicking Meryl® Skinlife antibacterial yarns to keep things fresh during warm weather conditions."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Designed for summer conditions
Jacquard mesh cuff
Heel and toe padding
Made in Italy
Very well made, with a light material holding together well with strong stitching.
Kept my feet cool and comfortable during even the hottest rides.
As with any summer sock. I wouldn't expect these to last forever, but they are definitely more sturdy than most others I've tried.
Good breathability and wicking, plus soft fabric.
These are very good, but also the most expensive summer sock I've seen on the site.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, they are comfortable and breathable, keeping my feet cool during hot rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The breathability is really impressive –you can feel the breeze if you're wearing well-ventilated shoes.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The price – they are expensive.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
The closest are the 7mesh Work Socks at £18, but these are designed for a wider range of temperatures – the MAAPs are very much summer socks.
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 are great socks for hot summer riding; they're comfortable, breathable, and can be worn for hours without any irritation. The only thing going against them is the price.
About the tester
I usually ride: CAAD13 My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.