First look: Swiftwick Four Merino and Four Ole socks

For keeping your piggies warm this winter

Swiftwick's Four Merino socks sport a perfect-length 4" cuff and beefy 60 percent Merino wool blend that should help keep your piggies warm this winter.  Though not exactly cycling-specific, they are still thin enough to fit into most cycling shoes.  

Swiftwick fits the Four Merino with a tight-fitting cuff that shouldn't ride down (especially when secured beneath tights) and the mostly seam-free toe area leaves fewer opportunities for chafing.  

If wool isn't your style, Swiftwick also offers the Four in an olefin fibre blend which is claimed to retain less than 0.01 percent of its weight in water yet be highly breathable and abrasion resistant.  

Both models are also offered in 1" or 12"-tall cuffs and custom models are also available.

Prices: US$16.95 (Four Merino); US$14.95 (Four Ole)

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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