There aren't too many things that can ruin a ride faster than poorly fitting socks. First they are just distracting, then they start developing painful hot spots. Pearl Izumi comes to the rescue with its Elite Sock, which combines their precise cut with advanced moisture-managing materials. The socks' new Elite Transfer yarn wicks moisture like crazy (33% faster than competitive brands) so your feet can regulate their temperature by sweating when needed without worries about moisture accumulation. That's important because sweaty feet are not only uncomfortably clammy, but they can lead to blistering. To say nothing of stinky shoes. Smart design contributes to your comfort, too. The ultra-smooth toe design means that there is hardly a seam to rub against your toes. The fit has around the instep is enhanced by anatomic arch compression; these babies will absolutely hug your feet. Ventilation has been aided by mesh over the top of the foot that will help keep the foot cool while giving the sock a low-profile shape. The standard cuff height will give your Achilles tendon just the right amount of protection from your shoe rubbing, and enables a suitably cycling-appropriate tan line. The Pearl Izumi Elite Socks are available in Black and White. They come in sizes Medium through X-Large.
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I am not looking for the philosophical discussion what's better, more of what would you in my spot? I am finally making the switch to FS after riding HT for entire life. I currently own a 29 HT (100mm fork) but I started riding more technical trails for longer hours and I rather have a little more c ... Read More »