5 Best Winter Cycling Socks: Waterproof, Merino Wool and Thermal Options
Imagine you’re out on your bike, pedalling away happily when suddenly, the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Suddenly, your darkest and wettest fears have been realised: the rain is settling on your non-waterproof cycling socks. In no time at all, your poor, unprotected feet have gone from warm and toasty to freezing and soaked.
There’s a simple solution to this, of course – get a good pair of winter cycling socks. Here are five of the best socks for cyclists to choose from, depending on what your specific needs are:
These triple-layer breathable socks from Dexshell are among the best waterproof cycling socks around, and are also exceptionally lightweight with a low ankle.
Made from a blend of cotton and synthetic materials, with an inner lining of Porelle Membrane, these socks will do a great job of braving the elements as you ride your bike, keeping you comfortable all the while.
These waterproof cycling socks also a variety of choice in both size (small, medium, large, extra-large) and design, depending on if your prefer them in yellow (plain, high-visibility or vidid).
For a larger pair, these mid-length socks from SEALSKINZ are perfect, and are not only some of the best winter cycling socks – they can be just handy for camping or hiking in cold weather, too.
They are comprised of three layers to offer warmth, durability and waterproofing (they are also windproof cycling socks, too) and its merino wool lining provides you with great comfort, as well as moisture control and insulation.
These merino cycling socks also include a zonal elastication feature for extra support, a four-way stretch to provide an especially comfortable fit, and flat toe seams to prevent rubbing. They can also be bought in a combination of two of many different colours on offer, so personalise them as you wish.
For merino winter cycling socks, look no further than this design from Flite. This particular wool is perfect for thermal insulation, and are great ‘high’ socks to wear while mountain biking.
Its elastic application ensures a perfect hold and increased stability, while it also consists of comfort cuffs and offers ideal moisture transport, too.
No matter what the weather is, you’ll never be cold while cycling with these merino wool cycling socks on your feet.
For similarly reliable thermal socks, check out these from X-SOCKS, made for wearing while cycling in the cold.
Made entirely from polyamide, and fitted with a heel and toe protector and ankle support to lower the risk of blisters and chafing, these are high-tech thermal cycling socks made for low temperatures.
The X-Cross bandage also gives extra stability to the heavily-stressed foot joints, while the traverse airflow channel system ventilates the sole, taking overheated air out of the shoe thanks to the air-conditioning channel. This will all help create the perfect environment for your feet as you cycle.
If it’s heated cycling socks you’re after, then how about this hi-tech design by SNOW DEER, available in grey, black, or a combination of the two colours?
These are electric, rechargeable battery-heated socks which heat up to six hours and charge fully in about three to four hours. They also come with a three-heat setting controller so you can easily alter their temperature as you please.
These battery socks are upgraded to use infrared heating elements, too; these can be great at stimulating your blood circulation, and brilliant for those with arthritis in their feet or chronically cold feet and stiff joints.
Or, if that’s a tad outside your price range, these insole foot warmers come in packs of five (£9.90) or 30 (£39.90) (individually removable) and will keep your feet just as heated for up to eight hours.