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Velocio's Signature Eco Socks are my 'most comfortable socks of 2023' (so far) thanks to a mixture of the material used and the near seamless construction. They aren't the cheapest around, but for an irritation-free and cool-feeling-feet ride, they are hard to beat.
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These socks are a pleasure to wear as the material is very soft indeed, and it's breathable too.
Through the hot temperatures of June, I wore the Velocios for many rides (and when running) and found them lovely. My key factors for socks are that I want my feet to feel cool and fresh while I'm riding (if I focus on that), but on the whole I don't want to notice them at all – and that is exactly what the Velocios deliver.
With no seams in a position to irritate, you can get away with wearing some very close-fitting shoes, and there'll be no pressure points when using very stiff soles. So these are socks that you can use for all kinds of riding, whether touring or racing.
The snug fit of the Signature Eco socks means they stay in position on your feet – you'll get no bunching of material, or rubbing caused by your foot and the sock moving in opposite directions.
How fresh your feet remain obviously comes down to the airflow offered by your shoes, but when using what I'd consider to be fairly standard road race shoes the Suplest Edge+ with venting on the toe box and flowing through the sole, I found that my feet and the socks remained very dry and very cool even on the hottest days.
So, comfort and breathability-wise the Velocios are excellent, and when it comes to sizing and fit there's also nothing to fault. They are available in three sizes, XS, S/M and L/XL, which cover UK 4-12, or 35-46 in EUR sizing.
I'm a UK 10 and found the L/XL very easy to get on and off, which is impressive considering the close fit.
The quality is also very good. These are some really well-made socks with no stray ends or threads to be found, and while this white colour will pick up some grime and dirt from the roads or trails, they always come up clean after a cool wash in the machine. I could also wear them multiple times without them smelling, so it isn't like they need to be chucked in the machine after every ride.
That's handy, as the price isn't exactly what you'd class as good value for money.
The standard Signature socks are £16 a pair, but what you are paying a bit extra for here is (probably) the material. It's called Amni Soul Eco (an enhanced polyamide 6.6 formula, apparently) which is biodegradable – 'its unique composition allows bacteria to gain access to and digest the waste materials' according to Fulgar (which manufactures it), with claims that if you were to dispose of them in landfill, they would be gone in five years.
That said, looking at others we've tested recently, the £26 Castelli Premio 18s almost make them look a bargain (though I did find them very comfortable), and the Giro Hrc+ Grip socks are more, too, at £23.99; George was impressed with their performance and comfort, although there are no biodegradable materials in their construction.
The trouble is, you can get really good socks for a lot less: Assos' Poker 3 socks scored 9/10 and they'll set you back £16, while the GripGrab Lightweight SL Summer socks are £15.95 and they scored 8/10.
Even better, Orro's Sportive socks are just a tenner a pair, and Neil thought those were excellent – in fact the blue ones are, at the time of writing, £8.99.
And of course there's the road.cc Argyle socks for £6.99, though we only have size S/M available at the moment.
Overall, the Signature Ecos are at the pricier end of the scale, but if you want to do a little bit extra for the environment then paying a bit more isn't really an issue. And if you buy them you are going to be very impressed with the comfort and the performance.
Hugely comfortable with great breathability and wicking from their eco material
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Velocio Signature Eco Socks
Size tested: L /XL
Tell us what the product is for
Velocio says, "We can't tell you that if you were to throw these in your compost bin when they've reached their end of life, that they'll likely disappear with your compost over not that long, but that's what testing from our yarn suppliers at Rhodia will tell you about their Amni Soul Eco yarn. Fact is, this stuff is so advanced, it's pioneering and there aren't standards to test biodegradability - yet.
This incredibly soft, lightly padded sock represents our commitment to pushing the limit of what's possible for sustainability -- to the point where we can't tell you it's biodegradeable, at least until there's a standard to measure it.
In the meantime, the Signature Eco sock not only represents an evolution in yarn technology, it's also an evolution in our best selling Signature Sock - ultralight weight, compressive, breathable, super soft and lightly padded."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Amni Soul Eco Nylon 6.6 yarn
Lightly padded achilles and fore foot
Compressive and breathable for all day comfort
The perfect cuff height -- graded per size, just like our Signature Sock
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washing saw no problems and the white materials came up clean each time.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very comfortable socks with impressive wicking properties.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Pricier than (most) non-eco alternatives.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They are pricier than most, though the eco material might give some justification.
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
I'm giving these 7/good. Their performance is excellent, but it's similar to what can be achieved by cheaper alternatives. The main reason to buy these is their eco credentials, if you're happy to pay a premium for that.
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!