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Scott's Performance Crew Socks offer everything you could want from your cycling footwear: comfort, breathability, strength and the ability to keep nasty niffs at bay. There is some tough competition on price though.
Like quite a few cycling brands, Scott has chosen Q-Skin yarn for its socks. It's a composition of 96% nylon and 4% elastane, yet somehow also 103.9% science as it incorporates silver ions; silver has natural antibacterial properties. This means that, while you are wearing them, bacteria from your skin and sweat is neutralised, letting you wear them for two or three rides in a row without starting to smell. That's ideal if you are travelling light on a credit card tour.
The material is soft to the touch and moves very well with your feet as you travel through the pedaling motion. There is a bit of compression there, but nothing over the top – they feel supportive without being constrictive.
As long as your shoes are letting air through the Scotts feel highly breathable, and even on hot summer rides my feet still felt refreshed. They aren't so lightweight, however, that you won't be able to use them with your winter gear too. The material is slightly thicker under the toe and heel for a bit of extra comfort in firm-soled shoes, and everything seems durable.
The seams are minimal, and I didn't find any issues with them rubbing or irritating even on longer rides. Basically, the quality is high.
Size-wise there is a decent spread from UK 4 up to 14, so that should cover most adults, and you get three colour options: black, white or yellow.
The asking price of £16.99 isn't over the top, and they're still a chunk of cash less than something like the Giro Hrc+ Grip socks at £22.99 (and those, in all honesty, are not meaningfully better than these Scotts).
For £12 (sadly they've gone up) you can also get the Stolen Goat Tappa Coolmax socks: another set of comfortable and breathable socks, according to Steve.
The Scott Performance Crew socks have every angle covered, and they're made really well. The only negative aspect is that some much cheaper alternatives do as well.
Great fabric that gives excellent breathability, comfort and fit while also keeping bacteria at bay
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Scott Performance Crew Socks
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Scott says nothing about these, but then again they're socks. They go on your feet. These are specifically for feet that are road cycling and running.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Specifically shaped toe box
Cushioning at heel & toe
Compression for blood circulation
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues with being washed at all.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They are very comfortable socks that look after your feet.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Cheaper alternatives available.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Cheaper than some, such as the Giros mentioned in the review, but others – like Orro or Stolen Goat – offer high performance socks for under a tenner.
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
There are some very good socks for around a tenner, which is the only thing I'd say goes against these. Other than that they are very comfortable and perform well.
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!