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The FLR Elite 3.5in Short Lightweight Socks are just that – ideal socks for the warmer months as they are comfortable and breathable, and against much of the opposition they are a very good price.
Like almost everything in life, sock length in road cycling is dictated by fashion and with the current trend being for most of your calf to be covered, the FLR Elites are surprisingly short (you can get 5.5in ones for a couple of quid more). But for me – having short legs – that is absolutely fine.
They are made from a mix of 70% nylon and 30% elastane, which gives a secure and snug fit, especially around the cuff. At first I found after four or five hours the cuff could start to dig into my skin a little, but after a couple of weeks of riding and washing that did seem to ease.
There is one seam that travels across the top of your toes but it is minimal and I never felt it rub or even to be noticeable when worn. The socks, because of that snug fit, don't move around at all so there is less chance of irritation.
On the top of the feet the material is thinner to create a mesh that seems to coincide with the vents on most shoes, so when wearing them in the summer you should get a pleasant cool breeze across your feet to help keep them sweat-free.
I know this because apart from a few warm days in the upper teens, the test period has taken place with the temperature not even nudging double digits and my feet have been chuffing cold.
For such a thin material it has proved impressively durable, with no wear or bobbling around the heel and no damage from toenails.
They are available in three sizes, covering European sizes 35 through to 47, and in white as well as black.
Price-wise, at £4.99 the FLRs look an absolute steal considering most of the socks we get sent in for testing are double, if not treble that.
Lusso is renowned for its quality versus value pricing structure but the FLRs are half the price of its £9.99 SoftAir socks, though they are a bit taller so there is a little more material involved.
When it comes to breathability the FLRs are very similar to the dhb Aeron Lab socks, but while those are very good they are three times the price.
Overall, the FLRs are very good cycling socks made from a comfortable fabric, with a lightweight breathable design, at a great price.
Simple lightweight socks for the warmer months at a bargain price
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road.cc test report
Make and model: FLR Elite 3.5
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
FLR says, "Our Elite socks are ideal for athletes who demand enhanced performance from their apparel all day. The ingenious blend of core-spun nylon and elastane fiber keeps active feet dry, comfortable and cool."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Comfortable and cool
Sizes 35 to 47
I was spot on in the middle of the large size and the fit was comfortable.
Cheap compared with the majority we've tested, and for their quality, durability and performance.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues at all with constant washing and drying over the test period.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very breathable socks for the summer months.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
To start with an overly tight cuff.
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
Great cycling socks at a cracking price.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!