Text and images by "Will"
When out on the bike I nearly always wear my clubs kit – so my jersey and bibs are a set combo, but I like to show a bit of individuality with my socks. At the moment the fashion is bright colours, nice and loud and I must say I am enjoying the colour ranges now available.
With so many fluoro options now available, riders have commented that they can spot flouro socks a mile away, I am hoping that car drivers have a similar level of vision. So on a mid afternoon break in the office I decided that I needed to spend some money to make my day more exciting. Rather than buy a chocolate bar, I figured that a new pair of socks could go into the pile and so I came across a new brand Volta.
The colour range would be considered high voltage – fluoro blue/orange/pink/yellow/striped and black. So already I liked the colour options available and with a very decent price of $15, I went for the blue and orange options. Of course one could argue that when did $15 become a good price for a pair of socks? But if I am going to be out on the bike for 5 hours, I want my feet to be comfortable. There are plenty of options out there that keep my feet dry and comfortable so a small price to pay.
The description of the sock tells me that they are designed for excellent moisture transfer and good ventilation. To date I would agree with that assessment, my feet have stayed relatively dry and so I would say that they tick the box with that description. They have also gone for the new left and right sock options although I can’t really see the difference between them.
Now the description of the sock as a high sock, is perhaps a little optimistic. These socks wouldn’t be much more than mid height socks in my opinion and compared to many others in the market, they probably need close to another inch of height before I would class them as high socks. Taller than ankle socks yes, but not tall socks and probaby wouldn't cut the mustard with the fashion police. So I was a little disappointed when I put them on.
However the biggest fault of the sock would be the lack of grip in the upper section of the sock. Even when worn on their maiden ride the socks were slipping down. When I got a little hot and sweaty, when pulled up they didn’t stick to my legs and continued to slip down. I can only imagine what would happen as they get worn more and the elasticity loosens a little bit, I must admit that I probably won’t wear them long enough to find out. Now it could have been justbeen bad luck and just one bad pair, so I actually gifted the other pair to another rider and he had the same problem. The socks just don’t have enough elasticity in the top to regularly stay and instead slide down to half mast. Looking at my friend I almost felt like a school teacher when I looked at him and needed to say ‘pull your socks up!’
If you are in to keeping up appearances, then it is important that the right items are worn and worn correctly, on this fashion tenet the socks sadly failed.
Would I recommend this item to a Transitions member? No.
My overall rating would be – Low Voltage on these socks.
Disclaimer: These socks were purchased by the reviewer, they have no association with the company or the seller. To purchase these socks - http://www.bikebug.com/clothing-socks-c-75_399.html?filter_id=204