Guest Blog by Joe Henstridge
Socks. There’s not a lot to write about when reviewing socks, or is there?
Over the past couple of years it’s become clear that adding some style and personality to your cycling wardrobe is very on trend. Someone who started this pretty early on was Sean Sako with his branded Sako7 sock range. You probably already know about them, and I’m sure you’ve seen them. They’re manufactured by Defeet, and come in all sorts of colours and designs.
Kevin sent me a package with some of the new designs to wear and give a little test, well without writing for writing’s sake, if you like quality stuff, then you’ll love Sako7 socks. They really are great socks, they have good length up the leg, and really cling tight, if that’s what you look for in a sock, then these socks are for you. If you like small ankle socks, don’t buy these. I’m a firm believer in socks being a decent height – sitting a few cm’s below the calf, and the fit of the Sako7 socks is perfect. Of course I can only attest to the large size socks, but the material is robust enough to stretch, yet tight enough not to slip down. My argument, or challenge should I say, to Defeet would be why not make all their cycling socks with this material, ok maybe not the merino winter socks (for obvious reasons), but certainly the summer ones. I have a number of other pairs from their ranges and the elasticity and tightness is nowhere near as good as the Sako7 socks.
Value wise, they’re not the cheapest option available for socks, but equally they aren’t the most expensive, not by a long shot. The RRP is £14.99 but Vanilla Bikes currently has them ranging from £11.69 - £12.99. Check here:
Sako 7 Socks @ VanillaBikes.com
With the Sako7 range, there is enough colours to suit everyone, you can mix and match them up with your kit, or just throw caution to the wind and put some on whatever you wear – after all, cycling is about having fun and riding your bike, some bright pink socks can only draw attention to you, and there’s nothing wrong with that!