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Sock Action 2 years 6 months ago #1286

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A very random question but I'm now curious., especially as we move out of the cold muddy conditions....

What are people's preferences for sock action - lightweight Mavic race ankle length, M&S active specials or the Ron Burgundys favoured by Baz?




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Sock Action 2 years 6 months ago #1288

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the Ron Burgundys specials are unwoven goats wool Mohair, and they absorb sweat very well but are also almost water proof , and apparently available in different lengths and colors other burgundy but i cant understand why .


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Sock Action 2 years 6 months ago #1292

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Good post TT - a serious issue.

My preference, once it is warm, is for a cushioned black trainer sock. This does of course expose the lower leg and ankle to brambles so the occasional cut is inevitable but on the plus side tan lines are maximised and for the vertically challenged your leg length is definitely visually enhanced.

For night rides I tend to favour a slightly longer sock as I just cannot abide ankle bites from midgets.
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Exposing lower leg.....is that why Baz looks so short?


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Baz have you got the Sportsman, Gentletop or Bedsock?


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Sock Action 2 years 6 months ago #1301

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tom

i use Eventer and Coast Collection, but they are much better if you get the right color
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So you're still perfecting that then....!


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I picked up some £2.99 MTB specific socks from Aldi at the weekend which were very comfortable on the ride last night but otherwise unremarkable.

I just wear whatever I have in the sock drawer. The fanciest socks I own are probably the sealskinz ones i wear in winter
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My Berghaus waterproof socks still going strong since 2000
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