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Victory Chimp team up with See.Sense for new Reflective City Socks

The new socks are made with a highly reflective yarn for some extra visibility on the road...

If you want just about every item of clothing you wear on the bike to have a safety feature, you're in luck... as you can now get reflective socks courtesy of Victory Chimp and See.Sense. 

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Both brands are based in Northern Ireland, and these socks are made for cyclists who want to be seen on their commute and also get away with wearing them in the office due to the subtle design. They're made from Italian fabric, with a 6" cuff and soft, high-wicking fabric and a padded footbed for extra comfort. The fit is the same as Victory Chimp's core sock range, with the reflective yarn woven into the 'city stripes' print.  

 

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Victory Chimp is owned by designer and illustrator Ryan O'Reilly, offering a range of cycle-specific art prints and clothing. See.Sense began life as a Kickstarter project for an intelligent bike light, that was successfully funded and went into production in 2014. Their ICON light available since 2016 is visible from 2km away, weighs just 64g and is controllable via a smartphone, receiving a glowing road.cc review back in January 2016. 

You can pick up some Reflective City Socks from Victory Chimp's website, in charcoal or navy colours, for £13 a pair.  

 

 

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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Freddy56 | 6 years ago
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Like these. Does the reflective yarn stretch? Have Rapha's, but the reflective 'hoop' digs into the skin.

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VictoryChimp replied to Freddy56 | 6 years ago
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Freddy56 wrote:

Like these. Does the reflective yarn stretch? Have Rapha's, but the reflective 'hoop' digs into the skin.

 

Thanks Freddy. The reflective yarn sections are incorporated into the standard yarn stripes in such a way that they stretch with the sock. Before production we were aware of issues with reflective yarn being abrasive to the skin in some other socks, so tested a variety of designs and methods to avoid this issue.

We found that reflective sections of this size to the rear of the sock, rather than using throughout the hoop, eliminated any abrasion while maintaining the safety feature where it is most effective. There is now no discernable difference in feel or fit between these and our core sock range. It also has the added benefit of keeping the reflective feature subtle in day-to-day use.

Ryan

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Nick0 | 6 years ago
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ICNY make printed reflective socks. They are pretty heavyweight and I founf them quite hot. Prendas did some with a reflective yarn, they're good, my favourites are the De Marchi ones I got, white with a reflective yarn band around the cuff. Not that I collect these things or that I've got too many. The missus says something but when she does it all goes blah blah blah?

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