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The MAAP Division Socks are excellent for temperatures above 15 degrees. They're lightweight and breathable, the fit is great with a tall cuff, and they look brilliant no matter which colour you go for.
According to MAAP, the Division socks work across a very wide range of temperatures – from 15-40°C. Unlike the rest of MAAP's sock range, which is for hot weather, the Division covers slightly more of the riding seasons. I'd say they're useful as low as 14 or 15 degrees without needing any oversocks (though on a blustery day you might want toe covers).
I've not been able to test them high heat since testing started in the early autumn, but I can verify from intense calisthenics workouts indoors (with the thermostat at a balmy 22 degrees) that they still keep your feet cool without the aid of airflow.
The Division socks are slightly more substantial than my other go-to summer socks, which makes me think they could get a little warm once over 25 degrees or so.
Consequently, these are ideal for late spring, the majority of summer in the UK, and early autumn.
They're very comfortable – not as tight-fitting as some, but with a decent amount of stretch – and sizing is bang on. I found the height spot on as well, though those with shorter legs might find them up a little too close to their calves.
The 'Meryl Skinlife' woven into the fabric comprises 'anti-bacterial yarns with permanent antimicrobial properties,' and works well to stop them getting smelly. They also feature a dynamic arch support – I have quite high arches, and found these snug without being compressive. Quality, overall, is high.
Given the quality and their three-season usefulness, £18 seems good value. They're cheaper than the DeFeet Evo Mont Ventoux 6in socks (£23), and only slightly more expensive than dhb's Aeron Lab socks (£15). Nologo's Cycling Socks are very good though for just £11, and don't have to be as orange as this.
Overall the MAAP Division socks are great: comfortable, breathable, stylish and well made. For UK riders they prove usefully versatile, too.
Gorgeous socks offering great comfort and fit, and useful from mild to warm temperatures
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road.cc test report
Make and model: MAAP Division Sock
Size tested: L/XL
Tell us what the product is for
MAAP says: "The Division Sock features a breathable mesh with Meryl Skinlife antibacterial yarns with permanent antimicrobial properties. The lightweight construction is designed to keep your feet feeling fresh when the temperature rises."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Meryl® Skinlife technology with inherent silver microparticles and permanent antimicrobial properties
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
Made in Italy
Very good quality.
Work across a broad range of temperatures.
No sign of wear after two months of almost daily use.
Snug but not compressive, and stretchy enough to suit lots of feet.
In L/XL (8-11) they fit my narrow size 11 feet perfectly.
Ever so slightly heavier than a pure summer sock.
Not the cheapest, but a good price given all their positives.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Emerge from 30°C washes looking as good as new.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Keep your feet cool and sweat-free across a wide range of temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fit and visual appeal.
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?
Not the cheapest, but compare well to other summer socks. Cheaper than the DeFeet Evo Mont Ventoux 6in socks (£23), but slightly more expensive than the dhb Aeron Lab socks (£15) and the Nologo cycling socks (£11) – those are pure summer socks, mind.
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
They fit nicely, look great and work across a good range of temperatures typical of spring/summer/autumn. They're very good.
About the tester
I usually ride: Steel audax bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, sportives,