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Chalk this up in the frivolous category...but, I've noticed lately folks ditching traditional cycling socks for longer ones that resemble dress socks. It would seem these would be hotter. Is there a purpose of the extra length? :p
 

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cbx said:
It would seem these would be hotter. Is there a purpose of the extra length? :p
The longer socks are most likely wool socks. Wool socks are far more comfortable, IMHO, especially this time of year.
 

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Taller socks are the way to go. Wool with some synthetic help wick away moisture (stream crossings etc.), taller are more fashionable. Not too mention if I wear tall dark socks on my commute in to work I can wear cycling socks all day at work in dress clothes.
 

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Some rider's wear longer socks too give added protection against low growing vegetation on the trail's.
 

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Tilos said:
'Nuff said
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Removing the insole from most cycling shoes will be colder. The cold transfers through the bottoms very easily. For better insulation replace the insole with one cut from a sheet of 1/8" cork gasket material form an auto parts store.
 

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cbx said:
Chalk this up in the frivolous category...but, I've noticed lately folks ditching traditional cycling socks for longer ones that resemble dress socks. It would seem these would be hotter. Is there a purpose of the extra length? :p
Hotter? I have never had an issue with the lower 4" of my legs being too hot. Little problem with them being cold, either.

I like the mid length (~4") socks for the added protection, and comfort with mid-height shoes where the top of a shorter sock can be at the top of the shoe. Even with low cut shoes the higher socks help keep out debris.
 

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It's likely the time of year that brings the taller socks in fashion. Warmer socks...wool to be specific, don't come in shorter versions that I know of so if you want your tootsies to be toasty you have to go with the taller socks.

It ain't a fashion show out there. Wear what you're comfortable in and if other's don't like the way you look, good for them:rolleyes: .
 

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Ricko said:
It's likely the time of year that brings the taller socks in fashion. Warmer socks...wool to be specific, don't come in shorter versions that I know of so if you want your tootsies to be toasty you have to go with the taller socks.

It ain't a fashion show out there. Wear what you're comfortable in and if other's don't like the way you look, good for them:rolleyes: .
Agreed...I was just curious since this year I have just returned to riding after a few years off to find some things different...sock length is one of em. Standard cycling socks seem to differ a little now and the length is what I noticed, wool or otherwise...even in the summer I seem to notice it. I have socks that suit me fine that are standard length (collars are 4" or slightly smaller). Seem to be ok with me. Didn't know if there was some compelling reason folks were running ones that were longer. Happy Holidays everyone...hoping for a dry day here soon to go ride :)
 

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my take

I never liked wearing those short cycling sox. They always felt as if they were a regular length sock that had fallen down. That said i wear smart wool regular expedition length year round. Liked them so much that i have been giving them as xmas presents for my friends for years. Many converts. jim
 

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jcarney said:
I prefer smartwool socks year round, micro-mini size; I hate wearing long socks.
I just switched to Smartwool from synthetic and really like them.

As an aside, Sierra Trading Post is a great source for SmartWool socks, I just paid $4.50 each for 5 pair of SmartWool crew socks.
 
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