Benefits of Wool Cycling Socks
Wool cycling socks are great at wicking away the moisture. The wool fiber is breathable trapping air which keeps you warm in cooler temperatures. In warmer weather the wood fibers pull excess heat and moisture from your skin helping you stay cooler. It actually releases small amounts of heat as it absorbs water and does the reverse as the fiber dries.
Providing a comfortable fit – a popular natural material that is warm, cushioning and retains heat when wet. Some types can be itchy next to your skin so blends are available combining wool and some synthetic materials.
Smelly – don’t you just hate when that happens. Odor is caused by the moisture in socks causing mildew and mold. As these socks are water repellent and the moisture wicks away it is generally observed these socks don’t smell.
Tough and durable – wool is considered more durable than synthetic fabrics as the wool fibers can accept repeated bending without breaking. They also stretch relatively freely and won’t inhibit movement which are important considerations in a cycling sock.
Easy care – Merino wool cycling socks just require a machine wash and hang dry although they do take longer to dry than some synthetics. If you are bicycle touring you would be hang drying all your clothing anyway. Although there are a few styles that can be put in a dryer.
Like all bike socks there is a wide variety of colors and lengths available.
To summarize the main benefits of wool cycling socks include the wicking away of moisture, temperature management, water resistance and odor resistance, durability and easy care. Is this not everything you wanted from a cycling sock?