Pearl Izumi Elite Tall Wool socks – £16.99

I've been feeling the recent temperature drop in my feet, but these new cosy socks from Pearl Izumi have saved my toes from certain frostbite, offering great insulation against the cold with a generous length.

Pearl Izumi takes Transfer Merino wool and spin the fibres into 19.5cm high socks, which at this time of year is much appreciated. Whether you’re pairing them with three-quarters and want a little extra protection around the ankles and shin, or wearing them under tights, the benefits of longer socks at this time of year are hard to ignore.

Add the fantastic insulating properties of Merino and these socks have been keeping my feet toasty on recent rides, even with summer mountain bike shoes and all their mesh vents. Pull them on and they’re supremely soft, with no itching. If we stopped there we'd be impressed, but Pearl Izumi have gone a step further; anatomic arch compression panels give a little more support across the foot.

Merino is pretty breathable but your feet can get a bit toasty on warmer rides, so Pearl Izumi add mesh ventilation to the top of the foot to alleviate heat build-up – how effective they will be does depend a lot on your choice of shoes however, but it's a feature we appreciate on warmer rides.


They’re thicker than normal socks too, which needs to be a consideration if your shoes are already snug with thin summer socks. I had no problem with size large socks over my size 10 feet. Four sizes from small to extra large are available.

If the Shadow Grey Argyle pictured isn’t to your tastes, more sedate colours include Black Plaid, Limestone and Black are available.


A tad expensive but a good investment for your winter cycling.|