Capo Atlas Carbon socks review

Carbon for your feet

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Few cycling apparel makers offer as comprehensive a line of socks as Capo, who claim the carbon yarns in their Atlas Carbons 'dissipate static electricity, regulate heat and naturally eliminate bacteria'. 

We're unsure of the practical benefit of the static electricity bit – apart from perhaps saving us from the occasional shock when flicking light switches – but even ignoring that feature, these are still an excellent means of wrapping your feet before donning a pair of cycling shoes.

The dedicated left/right cut offers a slightly improved fit around the toes relative to standard sock patterns – not to mention an assuredly correct logo placement – and the 12cm cuff seems just about right for most. 

True to Capo's word the Atlas socks do keep our feet distinctly dry and cooler than some other synthetic socks we've used, and no one at home has run off screaming when we've pulled off our shoes after a ride.

The US$20 asking price is higher than some but the Atlas Carbons have held up quite well to lots of machine washing and drying, so at least you should get a good return on the investment. Cyclists' feet lead a hard life and socks are a poor place to skimp on quality. 

The asymmetrical left- and right-specific socks fit perfectly on your similarly asymmetrical feet - and, of course, ensure the logos are in the right place.: the asymmetrical left- and right-specific socks fit perfectly on your similarly asymmetrical feet - and, of course, ensure the logos are in the right place.
The asymmetrical left- and right-specific socks fit perfectly on your similarly asymmetrical feet - and, of course, ensure the logos are in the right place.: the asymmetrical left- and right-specific socks fit perfectly on your similarly asymmetrical feet - and, of course, ensure the logos are in the right place.

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.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 70kg / 154lb
  • 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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