Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Sock

 

The Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Socks are really well thought out and deliver everything a cyclist could want: feet are kept as cool as possible, in a sock that supports the arch and remains perfectly in place inside the shoe.

 

The Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Socks are really well thought out and deliver everything a cyclist could want

 

Craft have been manufacturing socks for a long time now but the latest addition to their Stay Cool range is a complete revamp of previous versions.  The socks are fantastic in extremely hot conditions, making them perfect for cycling trips abroad, spinning classes all year round, or that five day season known as a British Summer!

 

When we came to put this review together we were reminded that for a pair of socks, there was a lot to talk about here – Craft have really gone to town and the result is a seriously well thought out, cycling specific sock. 

 

The updated design of Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Sock has kept the wide Lycra cuffs of previous versions, perhaps because they do their job so perfectly – put simply they grip the ankles without any feeling of squeezing or pressure – and in our experience they keep their form even after repeated washing.

 

The biggest change for this version of the Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Sock is with the upper foot, which is now one long continuous, breathable panel of mesh fabric, so breathable in fact that once the socks are on you can actually see through it.  And it is this feature which delivers the stand out performance because it allows the feet to the breath like no other sock that we have ever tested, and when we say ever...  The socks work really well allowing heat and moisture to escape, rather than building up in the shoe and the overall effect is truly awesome, particularly when paired with cycle shoes which are manufactured with lighter panels on their uppers.

 

The biggest change for this version of the Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Sock is with the upper foot, which is now one long continuous, breathable panel of mesh fabric

 

The soles of the Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Socks are not padded but the areas that cover the heel, toes and outer edge of the foot are made from fabric which has a more substantial weave.  This means you feel comfortable but there is no heat build-up and also no excess material taking up valuable space in the shoe, which we have found hot, swollen feet often need.  In the past we have experienced hot spots on our feet while riding in very warm weather and this was never the case with the Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Sock and we absolutely loved them.

 

As you would expect from a sock so well thought out, they are foot specific, with left or right sewn into the inside back of each cuff and Craft have included a ribbed band of fabric over the top of the foot and which extends into the arch.  This keeps the sock perfectly in place and gives a rather nice feeling of support when you first put them on. 

 

They have also done an excellent job with the length as we think the Stay Cool Bike Ankle Sock reaches just high enough up the leg to show itself without covering too much of the calf – stylish without silly tan lines!

 

If you are a spin class fan, like warm weather training camps or simply want a really special, cycling specific sock for those precious hot days in this country, we strongly recommend the Craft Stay Cool Bike Ankle Sock.  However, for the record, we didn’t allow our use to be limited to hot days in the UK and can testify that they performed superbly in lower temperatures too.  Honestly, we did not think we could be this excited by a pair of socks but trust us when we tell you that wearing is believing.

 

Sizes: 34-36, 37-39

Colours: White

RRP: £10.00

Website: craftsportswear.co.uk - socks

 

Performance: 10/10

Value: 9/10

 

Tested by Emma Silversides

 

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