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Showers Pass Tempo Socks Quarter



A little too warm for summer days, but extremely comfortable and well made
Good fit
Fabric is very comfortable
Your feet get warm quickly

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The Showers Pass Tempo Socks Quarter offer plenty of comfort and a supportive feel, and are great for both long and short rides. Perhaps because they're a multipurpose sock they aren't the most breathable, though, which limits their use in summer.

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These Quarters are a shorter version to the Tempo Socks Crew version tested recently by Adam. One criticism he had was that he found them on the tall side, so that's dealt with by the shorter cuff here.

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One thing the Quarters don't deal any better with than the Crews, though, is heat build up. The thick fabric means that in temperatures above the mid-teens, your feet get noticeably warmer than in cycling-specific socks. In the cooler autumn and winter temperatures, of course, that's a benefit.

The fabric is a blend of organic cotton (63%), nylon (18%), polyester (11%), Lycra (6%) and spandex (2%), with each section of the sock getting its own knit pattern. On top of the foot the fabric is much thinner, which does aid breathability at least somewhat.

The sole and toe is much thicker, which provides durability and good comfort. On long rides or when out on the gravel, with plenty of vibration through the pedals, the Tempo socks feel rather plush.

The quality is very good. They're very well knitted throughout, and feel long-lasting with no wear or bobbling after a month's hard use. They come in five colours and four sizes too.

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Priced at £12 (a pound cheaper than the Crews) the Quarters are still a bit more expensive than the similar MP Magic Red Crew Sports Socks at £9.95, which offer a similar thickness and great fit.

The Showers Pass Tempo matches the highly recommended La Passione Duo socks for price, though.

Overall, the Tempo Quarters may be just a little too thick for mid-summer use, but they'll certainly see you through the other seasons without trouble. For most of the year, then, there's very little to dislike.


A little too warm for summer days, but extremely comfortable and well made test report

Make and model: Showers Pass Tempo Socks Quarter

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Showers Pass says, "The Showers Pass quarter height Tempo Socks feature an Organic Cotton, Nylon and Spandex/Lycra blend for the perfect mix of materials that provide earth friendly comfort and durability. Engineered knit patterns throughout the sock provide support and performance. Breathable mesh zones on the top of the foot and ankle help you stay cool, while 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?

63% Organic Cotton, 18% Nylon, 11% Polyester, 6% Lycra and 2% Spandex. This blend of natural and synthetic fibers offers great comfort and performance

Ribbed arch support and mesh ventilation

Cushioned footbed

Anatomical design delivers an unbeatable fit and feel

Herringbone pattern for classic style

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Follow Showers Pass' instructions and you'll have no problems.

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

They aren't cycling specific, but work well across a range of sports.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Thick foot bed increases comfort on poor surfaces.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not as breathable as some.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

For socks of this quality they're in the right ballpark.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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Not as breathable as many cycling-specific socks, but what you lose in coolness you gain in comfort.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

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,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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