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The Pas Normal Studios Mechanism Socks are a superb pairing for your summer rides, proving surprisingly light and breathable for their rather woolly looks. Beware the sizing, though, as it seems a bit off.
Problems first: these are big. I'm a size 40 shoe, but even though I should have been in medium (EU 39-42) according to the chart, even a pair in size small was verging on too big. The toe box was a little baggy, and they come up quite high too – about 21cm from the base of the heel.
The fit otherwise is quite nice, though the fabric thickness seems to vary between colours. I tested both the navy and light olive versions, and the blue ones felt thicker and were heavier too (42g versus 33g).
I wouldn't say there's any compressive feeling in these socks, and in general you forget you're wearing them. A good sign.
I rode these through a summer heatwave, with Yorkshire hitting highs of over 30°C. Not my normal riding temperature, I'll admit, but these socks surprised me and were seriously breathable. They were pleasantly dry even after a good few hours in the saddle.
Plain socks aren't for everyone, but personally I really like them; I don't like a lot of branding though, and these are lovely and subtle. There are plenty of colours to choose from too, most of them quite neutral.
While these are superb, they come at a hefty price – £18 is up there for socks. The Endura Bandwidths do a similar job and are £12.99, for instance, though they're a more basic fabric. Meanwhile MAAP's Division Socks are also Meryl Skinlife yarn and also £18, so perhaps that's just the cost of having high-end fabric.
For slightly less money you can get the Stolen Goat Tappa Coolmax Socks at £12, and if plain colours aren't your thing Stolen Goat loves its wacky designs.
While these aren't cheap, they work extremely well and feel made to last. They're a fantastic option – just be wary of the sizing.
Excellent if expensive summer cycling socks, let down by issues with the sizing
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Pas Normal Studios Mechanism Socks
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
Pas Normal Studios says:
'A key component to round out your everyday kit, our collection of Mechanism Socks is designed for the summer weather, providing optimal comfort and exceptional durability under the highest performance requirements. These socks can be paired with any outfit while keeping your feet feeling fresher for longer.
'The Logo Socks are made with Meryl Skinlife yarn, featuring inherent silver microparticles to inhibit the growth of bacteria and maintain your skin's natural balance. The permanent antimicrobial properties reduce unpleasant odours, while excellent fabric stability and wash/colourfast performance allow the socks to maintain their compressive capabilities.'
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Pas Normal Studios says:
Meryl Skinlife yarn
Lightweight and breathable
High wicking performance
Excellent wash- and colourfast performance
Fabric: 78% Multifilament Polyamide, 14% Polyamide, 6% Polypropylene, 2% Elastane
Made in Portugal
With such a woolly texture I was almost surprised they performed so well; even in a British heatwave they kept my feet quite cool.
After a month of use there's been no bobbling of the fabric and no immediate signs of wear.
These are quite long, and I was wearing the smallest size so beware if you have short legs. The banding is quite generous on the calf though, which was nice – I didn't ended up branded after wearing them.
These are a bit big. While I usually wear a size 40 shoe, which the chart says makes me a medium, even the size small (European 35-38) was quite big and there was a bit of space at the toes.
Keep you comfortable in high temperatures.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy to wash and no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Do a great job of keeping your feet reasonably sweat-free and comfortable over multiple hours of riding in high (25° plus) temperatures.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
I quite like the subtle branding, the choice of colours and the comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The sizing is off.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
£18 is high-end for socks. The Endura Bandwidths do a similar job and are £13.99, for instance, though they're a more basic fabric – MAAP's Division Socks are also Meryl Skinlife yarn and also £18.
For even less money you can get the Stolen Goat Tappa Coolmax Socks at £9.99, and everyone knows Stolen Goat love its wacky designs.
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
While I absolutely love the performance of these socks and the sophisticated style, the sizing does niggle – especially given the price. If that were more accurate they could score higher.
About the tester
I usually ride: Bianchi Oltre XR1 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb, Gravel