Christmas gift ideas: socks, socks and more socks

Socks you'll be excited to get for Christmas

Socks are arguably the most important part of a cycling kit. Yes, nice bibs are great, and a good helmet will make your ride more comfortable, but riding in ankle socks is a big no-no.

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First and foremost when (not if) you crash, they offer a layer of protection for your ankle bone. Second, while it seems silly, you’ll probably be more comfortable in cycling-specific socks.

Running and ankle socks are designed with footsteps in mind and have extra padding in certain areas that can become wrinkled and uncomfortable on a long ride. Also, such short socks don’t provide any space to show a little style and personality.

Affordable and universal, socks are the perfect gift for any cyclist. Here are our top choices.

Swiftwick

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Plain and simple, swiftwick makes some great socks:

As far as plain socks go, Swiftwick are definitely our number one. The socks come in a range of lengths and colours, and are some of the most comfortable socks we’ve worn.

DeFeet

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defeet has socks for every kind of rider:

DeFeet’s Aireator sock changed cycling forever. The open mesh on the top of the foot breathes and wicks extremely well, yet remains durable. Like Swiftwick, DeFeet makes socks in pretty much every length and hue, and the keen observer will notice that some of the other brands in this gift guide are actually custom versions of the Aireator.

Buy now from £8

SockGuy

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It wouldn’t be the holiday season without an ugly sweater, thanks sock guy:

Sockguy makes A TON of socks, some cool, some not so cool. With a bit of searching through the catalogue though there are a few standouts like these limited edition Ugly Sweater socks.

Buy SockGuy from £8

Maap

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Maap’s socks are all made in australia:

Melbourne outfit Maap has a massive range of bright, crazy Australian-made socks.

Buy direct for AU$30 / £14 / $22 plus shipping

Attaquer

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Attaquer has both crazy and tame socks in their range:

For being a smaller brand, Attaquer has some seriously technical socks. Available in both tame and bright options, its socks are lined with silver thread to keep your foot funk at bay.

Buy now from AU$12.50 / £9 / $6 plus shipping

The Athletic

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The athletics socks are quirky and pretty cool:

Bursting onto the market with its quirky airport carpet-themed socks, Portland based The Athletic has some crazy (and purposely mismatched) socks that have been a hit among the BikeRadar staff.

Buy now from $15 / £10 / AU$42 plus shipping

Handlebar Mustache

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Can you say bright colours?:

Hailing from the People’s Republic of Boulder in Colorado, Handlebar Moustache loves all that is loud and lairy. Complementing its full range of kits and T-shirts, Handlebar Mustache socks are sure to elevate your sock game.

Buy now from $15 plus shipping

4Shaw

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“Tall socks just make your legs look more attractive, that’s a fact.” – dion shaw:

One of our original Wild Style brands, 4Shaw does all things cycling accessories; but it’s the socks that are the real game changer. Mr. 4Shaw himself, Dion Shaw, said it best: “Tall socks just make your legs look more attractive, that’s a fact.”

Buy now for AU$30 / £14 / $22 plus shipping

Sako 7 Socks

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Sako 7 socks come in quite a few unique styles:

Sako 7 Socks are the brainchild of Sean Sakinofsky, a South African roadie who loves tall bright socks and kit. Based around DeFeet’s Aireator Hi Top socks, Sako 7 Socks will add some flare to even the most boring of kits.

Buy now for $21 / AU$29 / £14 plus shipping

ICNY

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ICNY’s socks literally glow in the dark:

According to a study conducted by the Queensland University of Technology, reflective strips are much more effective when located near moving joints. ICNY has used 3M reflective dots to bring reflectivity to your feet.

Buy now from $16 / £11 / $22 plus shipping

Capo

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capo loves their bright colours:

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but if Capo was a dog it would be one that can open doors or go and grab you a beer from the fridge. If you wanted cool socks, there was a time when Capo was your only option. Now with all the socks brands out there, the American outfit has managed to stay current and desirable.

Buy now from $20 / £13 / $28 plus shipping

Pedla

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The pedla has a wide range of colours and designs

Melbourne outfit the Pedla has just released its 6in Coolmax Spinners in a range of new shades and designs. While there’s not much left to say, they have remained in our regular rotation of socks for some time.

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Buy now for AU$25 / £12 / $18 / plus shipping

Related: All of our Christmas gift ideas in one big feature