Saturday, October 21, 2017

SockMine Running & Cycling socks

Socks are often one of the unsung heroes of the running and cycling world; when they do their job right, you don't even notice them (unless you're a devout follower of the Sock Doping religion). SockMine is a British company that not only designs all its wares here, it manufacturers them on-site in Nottinghamshire.

I tried three socks from their running and cycling ranges:

Cool Runner
GripLock Anklet
Cycle Air

GripLock Anklet

SockMine GripLock AnkletAs the name suggests, this is an ankle-length running sock with a clever web of silicon that is designed to stop the sock slipping on the foot, preventing rubbing and thus blisters. The sock uses the COOLMAX fibres to keep the feet dry. Personally, this is my favourite length of sock for running and you notice that the GripLock technology does keep the sock firm against the skin. There's a little tab at the back designed to stop the sock slipping down into the shoe, but it hardly seems necessary. The little Union Flag is a nice touch for the patriotic among us. After a few runs, I did notice a little fraying in the ankle 'tab', but I'll put that down to my running style (I do tend to knock my feet together, especially on rutty off-road runs). It looks a little messy, but the sock is no less effective. If you're a neater runner than me, I'm sure this won't be a problem for you.

Cool Runner

The Cool Runner is a more traditional running sock, a little higher than the GripLock (and lacking the non-slip tech). The version I tried was plain white with the flag motif on the back of the calf. Hardly in keeping with the current trend towards 'sock doping', but classy and functional. There are left and right specific fittings, but visually there's not much noticeable difference. The sock uses the familiar COOLMAX fibres. So far, durability has proven very strong and the socks wash nice and bright after mucky winter runs.

Cycle Air

SockMine CycleAirThis low-cut cycling sock is noticeably thinner than the running versions I tested, clearly designed for warm weather riding. Again, in plain white with a monochrome Union Flag (other brighter colours are available), they will appeal to those that perhaps want other elements of their kit to do the shouting. The highest compliment that I can pay the Cycle Air is that I feel like there's hardly anything to report! They just work. No fuss, no super fancy features, just a very affordable (£8 a pair!) and functional cycling sock.


It's clear from the three pairs that I tested that SockMine is not out to revolutionize the world of socks. Instead, they seem focused on producing high-quality, traditionally-minded items that will appeal to those that put function first (and have an eye for a bargain, the socks are all very well-priced).

Beyond cycling and running, the range extends to hiking, skiing and other sports. For more information check out https://www.sockmine.co.uk/