DEFEET WOOLIE BOOLIE MERINO SOCKS AND DURA E-TOUCH GLOVES
So, let’s begin with a bit of context, it's coming to the end of November in the Northwest of England. This Basically means Grey days, that are getting shorter, wetter and colder. Testing both products over a week or so with changing temperatures from -2 up to 6 degrees.
THE WOOLIE BOOLIE SOCKS
First impressions of these socks are very good, a great fit and because these are the taller 6" version no problems with getting a draft around the ankle. However, before I go on, one cautionary note would be that as these socks are a thick winter item, so issues with shoe fit could happen. I personally didn’t find this but is worth considering if your cycling shoes are a tight fit with a standard summer sock. The performance of the socks themselves was first tested on a 90km route with a cafe stop halfway through (well it wouldn't be a Sunday social ride without cake now would it..) Setting off on a crisp clear morning with a temperature around the 1*c, to really test these merino wool socks I only put a pair of lycra overshoes on to keep my shoes clean. What else can you say when the comfort was spot on and I forget about them completely.. no cold toes here. At the cafe stop I swapped overshoes to some thermal waterproof ones and to steal a phrase from someone else on the ride, who that day had worn heat packs inside full winter cycling shoes, "It feels like my feet are on holiday". Later that week on early morning commute rides at -2 my feet continued to be comfy and warm!!
THE DURA E-TOUCH GLOVES
To start with these are a thin Knitted style glove with a metallic thread on the tip of the thumb, index and middle fingers. This allows the use of touch screen devices without the need to remove your glove, exposing your hand to the elements or letting the heat out. One thing I Feel needs to be said is that these are not full-blown winter gloves. In extreme cold of very wet they will fall short, however with them being less bulky than some gloves the option to use them as part of a layering system brings them back into play. On the already mentioned cafe ride I started with the Dura gloves on their own and they did just enough to keep the cold at bay. On the second half of the ride the weather had set in and, so I opted to layer with a thin water resistant pair of gloves over the top. This basically turned them into an insulation layer and my hands were good for the remainder of the day. On the early morning rides below freezing, especially on descending with the added wind chill layering was key to create a comfortable riding experience.
On the gloves I feel these are a great transitional autumn/spring with a good balance between comfort, warmth and dexterity. in order to extend the use of these towards winter (British winter, that is..) layering is key.The socks were brilliant at all the temperatures I tried. I'm sure that teamed with full winter shoes, or the right overshoes your feet would be in heaven on those bleak winter training rides. (And you're anything like me then happy hands and feet really make the difference whilst riding).