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The MAAP Training Socks do a great job in terms of comfort and keeping your feet feeling fresh, and while not the best I've ever worn, they do offer benefits over non-cycling-specific socks. But does that make them worth 18 quid?
Our best cycling socks buyer's guide features our favourite socks from just £6.99 to £40, though that top price is for a pair of waterproof socks.
There are no doubt socks out there that are better value than these MAAPs, but if you can find them for a cheaper price – or are happy to pay full whack for them – I do at least think you won't be disappointed.
MAAP uses a material that is a blend of polyamide and elastane, which is soft against your skin and provides a compressive feel. The different knit patterns also help to provide comfort where it is needed and durability too.
The MAAPs are easy to pull on, the cuff stays in position while you're riding and the seam above the toes is never intrusive.
Breathability is good for what is quite a thick sock, and they stay relatively dry as air flows through your shoes. This keeps your feet feeling fresh on long rides.
MAAP has added silver microparticles to kill bacteria and it seems to work well. I've worn them for multiple rides without washing them and they don't end up smelling.
There's no doubt that MAAP's training socks are a quality item, but you can find similar quality socks for much less.
Less expensive still are the Galibier Ardennes socks – some of the most comfortable I've every worn. They're still going strong three years after I tested them, and even though they've gone up in price since 2020, they'll still only set you back £6.77 – or just over a third as much as the MAAPs.
One of the other options is going for wool-mix socks such as the TICCC Fluro Wave Merino socks that Jo thought were comfortable enough for day-long use on and off the bike. Though now priced at £19.50 they are even dearer than the MAAP socks.
These MAAPs have an excellent build quality and are good performers, offering whiff-free comfort on hard rides. In fact, the only thing stopping them from scoring more highly is the price, as I don't feel these are noticeably different to socks coming in at half their price.
Good performance and whiff-free all-day comfort – but pricier than the opposition
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road.cc test report
Make and model: MAAP Training Sock
Size tested: L/XL
Tell us what the product is for
"Keep your feet comfortable on long rides and during hard intervals with the Training Sock. A mid-weight sock featuring dynamic arch support, padded toes for comfort, and soft mesh fabric on the top and sides for ventilation. The mesh fabrics paired with Q-Skin® technology offer breathability, moisture-wicking qualities, and antimicrobial properties. The Training Sock is designed to keep your feet fresh no matter how tough the ride."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Q-Skin® technology with inherent silver microparticles and permanent antimicrobial properties
Breathable, moisture-wicking with high abrasion resistance
Dynamic arch support to shape to the curves of your foot for a secure fit
Soft mesh fabric at the top and sides for cooling ventilation where you need it most
Certified Standard 100 by Oeko Tex™
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
They don't need to be washed much, but when I did wash them I had no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
These are comfortable socks that keep your feet feeling dry and fresh.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Their slight compressive feel makes them comfortable.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
You can buy similar socks with much the same qualities for around half the price.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes – at a sale price.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Personally I think they are expensive for what they are – but they are comfortable and offer good performance.
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!