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The Showers Pass Tempo No-Show socks stay put and offer plenty of comfort whatever you are up to, but they aren't the most breathable.
Whether it's an aversion to tan lines or you just fancy that sans-sock triathlete look, the Tempo No-Shows sit discreetly between your foot and shoe without being seen.
The elastic used around the entry hole keeps everything snug and in place. Whether I was riding, running or just generally walking around, I had no issues with the socks moving about.
The slightly taller heel section is a neat touch that pretty much eradicates rubbing, at least with the various shoes I tried.
Made from a mix of organic cotton, nylon and Lycra, the material feels comfortable against the skin and each section of the sock gets its own knit pattern. The heel, for instance, is thicker to aid comfort and build in some durability.
Overall, though, the fabric is quite thick, which I found did make my feet warm up quite quickly. It wasn't hugely noticeable when I was wearing them, but when removing my shoes I could feel how damp my feet were. That wasn't in massively hot temperatures either, more mid to high teens centigrade I'd say.
The quality is good, though, with robust stitching throughout and no signs of wear and tear after a month's use.
They are available in five colours and four sizes, small to extra-large, which covers UK sizes 3 to 13.
Overall, if you want the no-sock look then these are a good choice as they are more comfortable and durable than many other 'trainer socks' found on the general market. They wouldn't be my choice on very hot days, though.
Good quality and plenty of comfort for a range of sports, but they do get a little warm
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Showers Pass Tempo Socks – No Show
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Showers Pass says, "The Showers Pass no-show Tempo Socks feature an Organic Cotton, Nylon and Spandex/Lycra blend for the perfect mix of materials that provide earth friendly comfort and durability. Achieve a sockless look without sacrificing a secure fit courtesy of silicone grip strips. These soft yet tacky pads at the heel prevent slipping and keep your socks where they belong as well as adding greater protection against abrasion. Zone padding in the heel and toe area offer cushioned support for long days on your feet."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Showers Pass lists:
64% Organic Cotton, 30% Nylon, 4% Lycra and 2% Spandex. This blend of natural and synthetic fibers offers great comfort and performance
Ribbed arch support and mesh ventilation
Anatomical design delivers an unbeatable fit and feel
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Showers Pass says, "Machine wash with cold water and tumble dry on low heat or hang dry. To avoid any shrinkage hang dry."
Following this I had no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They remain hidden and stay in position well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
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?
They come in just a bit cheaper than some of the other very good short socks mentioned in the review.
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
Overall, a good quality design in the way that they fit and remain in place, but the material is quite thick for summer use, which is when they'll see the most use.
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!