Just like for hiking, trail running or skiing, the choice of socks is essential to maintain performance and comfort. The choice of sock will depend on several factors such as the type of activity, road DH or MTB. The choice will also depend on the comfort sought or the season.
Finally, with the development of all cycling disciplines, style has also become very important in the choice of clothing from head to toe. Matching your jersey, your tshirt with your socks or your shoes is essential to make an impression on the roads or on the trails.
Generally speaking, a cycling sock, whether for road or MTB use, will mainly have a high shaft. It goes up just below the calf muscle to allow a good support and compression for more comfort. Sportful or Giro are brands that offer graphic or colorful designs to match all possible body shapes and allow you to show your style.
Some people prefer low cut socks to avoid tanning in summer and for more breathability.
Depending on the season, your choice of socks will be different. In winter the choice will be for a warmer sock for thermal insulation without forgetting a good support. Smartwool merino wool cycling socks keep you warm without sacrificing comfort. No need to slip pieces of newspaper into your shoes to avoid frozen toes.
On the other hand, in summer, the purpose of a cycling sock is to evacuate moisture and avoid chafing. To do this, you need to choose a sock that is breathable and has a good fit.
The type of use is also an essential characteristic of the choice of a cycling sock. For example, Dainese offers socks with integrated tibial protection to avoid pain on an uncontrolled pedal return. On the contrary, Poc or Giro will offer specific socks for the road. It is essential to match your style of use to the right cycling shoes
You are now ready to hit the road and you just have to choose your style and match your socks with your cycling jerseys/vest.