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Rapha Women's Souplesse Socks



Sleek and sexy special stripey socks

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I'll admit to being oddly obsessed by socks - specifically cycling socks - and this Rapha Souplesse pair fully deserve the attention. It's probably the fact that a good (or bad) pair can make almost as much difference to long-ride comfort as the shoes you wear around them. Get the wrong socks and even the most spangly and high performance shoes are going to feel wrong.

For those who feel that Rapha's prices are just too high, it's worth bearing in mind that most performance technical socks are a similar price to the Souplesses. Yes, you can buy a half dozen pairs of cotton socks from M&S for that, but once you venture into technical yarns and seam-locked toes and the like, this is a fairly standard price.

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The Souplesse socks look the business too. I'm fond of stripes or spots in a sock (Velominati be damned) and these are just the ticket in my book. They're also a a pleasingly obvious long ankle length; from a tan lines perspective sub-ankle socklets are great, but I find they can and do sometimes creep down into the shoe making it uncomfortable. If you're going to wear visible socks, celebrate them! It would be nice if there were a Souplesse mini, though, to fulfil this role and give a choice of lengths for those committed to their tan.

The fit is sleek and contoured nicely around my foot with no bunching up or intrusive seams. The fabric wicks moisture away from the foot quickly, leaving it comfortable and a good temperature, and the smoothness of the fabric means nothing interferes with how well your shoes fit. It's quite a lightweight sock, so best suited to warmer conditions unless worn with oversocks in spring and autumn, and the length of the ankle means this is a perfectly acceptable option.

Nice socks, I'd like a pair in every colour please.


Sleek and sexy special stripey socks

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Make and model: Rapha Women's Souplesse Socks

Size tested: Small

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Designed for women for hot weather riding.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

50% Tactel

47% Nylon

3% Lycra

Open mesh for breathability

High wicking yarn

Handlocked toe seams to prevent chafing

Machine wash at 40

Available in sizes XS-L (UK3-8 )

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Beautifully made from high quality yarns, with nicely finished seams.

Rate the product for performance:

Superbly comfortable for long, warm conditions rides.

Rate the product for durability:

Keep them away from Velcro, but otherwise these are well made and should last a long time.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

Nice and light.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

Super comfortable, both in terms of their interaction with cycling shoes and the way the fabric feels and behaves. Tops grip well and stay put without feeling constrictive.

Rate the product for value:

About the going rate for higher end performance-led socks so not outrageous.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Stripes, fabric, fit, comfort, moisture wicking.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Inevitably one will go missing...

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much

Would you consider buying the product? Definitely

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Great high performance summer riding socks, as long as you don't mind visible tan lines

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 73kg

I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi  My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking


Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling. 

Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other. 

She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting. 

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