Review: New Darn Tough 3/4 Merino Wool Ultralight Cycling Socks
Marc and I have both been rockin’ Darn Tough Merino wool cycling socks for quite some time. Marc’s review is here, and until they contacted us a couple years ago, I’d never heard of them. Funny thing is, once I had a pair, I started noticing just how many of my friends had already discovered these little gems.
For 2013, they’ve introduced four new styles, the highlights being the new 3/4 length “Road Warrior” above and “Herringbone” designs. They’re a blend of 53% Merino Wool, 43% Nylon and 4% Lycra Spandex, and they feel great. With my original pair, I tested the anti-stink nature of their wool by wearing same pair of socks for the entire SRAM Rise wheels launch, which included two full days of riding followed by racing the Roc d’Azur. With no washing. Oh, and the plane flights to and from Europe. And there was no stink. Seriously.
These haven’t suffered through quite the same test, but they’re just as comfortable as ever thanks to a no-feel toe seam and plenty of cushioning for an “ultralight” sock. Retail is just $17, and if they hold up half as well as the others I’ve had, that’s a steal. Check the others below…
The Herringbone design uses the same material mix and construction, but with a bit more classic style on the upper sections. The only thing I’d caution against is sizing…out of the box they run a bit big. Their sizing chart suggest an XL for US12.5 and up, and I’m a 13, but they’re plenty big. Of course, they’re wool, so I’m guessing I can customize that sizing a bit with some judicious dryer time.
Also new are the Light Cushion No-Show and Quarter Length socks. Designed for running and biking, they use the same virtually seamless construction. Retail is $14 and $17 respectively.
All of Darn Tough’s socks are made in Vermont, USA, and carry a lifetime guarantee.