GIRO HRC+ MERINO WOOL SOCK

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested - WORDS: MIKE BLEWITT PHOTO: LACH­LAN RYAN

In the greater world of cy­cling, socks seem to have a full tilt at­tack on be­ing the place to go crazy with colours and de­signs. I’m not one to judge that, but I would sug­gest mak­ing sure first of all that your feet are in the right socks if you want to be com­fort­able on the bike. Cot­ton sports socks and footy socks of­ten don’t cut it when you’re us­ing cy­cling shoes made for thin­ner socks, or you’re rid­ing in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions, with river cross­ings, hot tem­per­a­tures and cool starts. The Giro HRc+ Merino Wool sock is a bit of a win­ner for rid­ers look­ing for ex­tra com­fort, and good looks on the bike. Giro have de­signed the socks with a com­pres­sive fit, mean­ing they

HITS

- Very com­fort­able - Great fit with light com­pres­sion - Stay where you put them stay up re­ally well and as­sist with arch sup­port. Their 7” cuff is an in-vogue length, and the Merino wool is very fine, so it’s not hot or itchy. There is ny­lon re­in­forc­ing in the wear ar­eas for a long life, and I’ve got woolen socks from other man­u­fac­tur­ers who use a com­pres­sive weave – but they don’t feel or stay in place like th­ese do. And colours? I tested the blue model, and you can get pur­ple, lime, grey and black – and match or clash with your other clothes as you de­sire. I wasn’t fussed on that though, I was just happy to have a com­fort­able sock for all-day rides that I never had to think about.

MISSES

- None, save for price

RRP: From:

$35 shep­pard­scy­cles.com

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