The Lusso SoftAir Socks are comfortable in a variety of conditions, decent value and look pretty good too.
- Pros: Comfortable, no unnecessary seams
- Cons: None really
Socks are a bit of a statement, and if you aren't going for the Wiggins sockless look, the SoftAirs provide a good look, with a nice striped design from white to dark blue. They are also available in a wide range of other colours too for whatever suits your needs.
At the top, they stay up well thanks to a well-elasticated ankle so there's no real slippage during a ride, although as with all socks, they do sag a little when sodden.
They transfer heat nicely thanks to the smart choice of material, but they also keep your feet relatively warm in milder conditions. However, I would say that these are more spring/autumn socks than deep midwinter socks.
Lusso has kept seams to a minimum, which helps to keep them comfortable even during longer rides, and that's one thing they certainly are: comfortable, which is testament to their wicking and lack of seams.
Overall, I really like these socks. They look good, they're comfortable, and they do a great job of wicking moisture and letting heat out.
A good looking, comfortable pair of cycling socks at a decent price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Soft Air Socks
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
They are designed to keep your feet comfortable during longer rides.
Lusso says, "Cycling-specific design, with no unnecessary padding or seams helps stop any pressure points developing on your feet.
The socks are also lightweight and comfortable, thanks to the reinforced heel and toe which combine to make the socks feel like an extension of your foot.
SoftAir Plus is a elastic Fibre which is high in comfort, freedom of movement and great adaptability to the body
SoftAir Plus is a smart fibre it provides cool or heat to the body depending on use and conditions, it also transports moisture to the outside for this to evaporate.
In cold conditions works as thermal insulation keeping the heat stable preventing heat loss."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- Softair smart fibre
- reinforced heel and toe
- minimal seams
They seem well made and with few seams to rip they will likely last a while.
Kept my feet cool in the heat and warm enough in milder conditions, while maintaining comfort.
Reinforced heel and toes means they are unlikely to fall apart quickly.
They hold their shape well thanks to the decent elastic used around the ankle.
The medium size I tested fitted my medium sized feet as I would expect.
They aren't exactly going to add much time to your KOM or Ventoux attempt...
Very comfortable thanks to the lack of seams and the way they keep their shape.
Well priced for a pair of jazzy cycling-specific socks.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Very easy, simple wash at 30 degrees didn't cause any issue and despite the wide array of colours they didn't run.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They performed well and did everything you want a pair of cycling socks to do.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The elastic around the ankle holds everything in place well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing really stood out.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They are pretty well priced for slightly jazzy cycling socks. For instance, the Chapeau! Tall Club Socks are the same price but don't have the same kind of exciting design, while the Sporcks Neila White Socks are £4 more with a similar 'jazziness'.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
They are well priced, look good, perform well and are comfortable – what more do you need from a pair of cycling socks?
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.