Who Needs Socks?


We’ve got a pile of cycling socks to give away from the guys over at Darn Tough Vermont, and would like to tell you a little about them as well.

There’s no shortage of bike sock companies out there, but when I came across Darn Tough at Interbike I was impressed by the company and the quality of their product.

The crew over at Darn Tough told me all about the research and testing they’ve put in to provide a durable sock with the right thickness and comfort to satisfy us cyclists.  As far as I know, they’re the only sock company out there with an “Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee”:

“If our socks are not the most comfortable and durable socks you have ever owned, return them for another pair or your money back.  No Strings.  No Conditions.  For Life”

I’ve honestly never been too concerned with the socks I ride in.  As long as they’re comfortable and look cool, I wear them.

But just recently I had a pair of my favorite socks totally start to fall apart….and they were only about a year old.  So I took a closer look at what Darn Tough had to offer.

Because they are made with 17.5 micron Merino wool yarns with 1441 stitches per square inch, they are soft, strong, and last like forever.  Okay, I won’t bore you with all the details of what makes these socks so darn tough…but if you’d like to find out more be sure to check out www.darntough.com/darntough.html.

If you could use another pair of great cycling socks, be sure to enter our giveaway below….or simply head over to your nearest REI and pick some up.

Win Some Socks

The Darn Tough giveaway is now over.  The response was awesome and thanks to all of you who entered to win.

We are totally buried in socks and want to give our readers the chance to try out a pair from Darn Tough, so we’ll keep giving them away until they’re gone.

Leave us a comment (including your sock size) about the worst pair of cycling socks you’ve ever owned and what made them so awful. Include a picture of them as well if you like.  We’ll randomly start sending out pairs immediately.

Darn Tough’s market is primarily the USA so they’re only able to send to those of you located here. Sorry to the rest of our readers, but winners must be located in the United States for this one.

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91 Responses to “ Who Needs Socks? ”

  1. rachey on April 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I had a goofy pair of socks, forgot which brand, but I bought them from the 2nds. They were different sizes.

  2. Bob Beresh on November 12, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Men’s 11. Alright, being a commuter and a roadie (can you be both?) I’ve got a few socks in the basket. I love wool socks, and recommend them often. Worst pair? DeFeet “DeLine” crew socks. for no other reason than they were the first pair of real cycling socks I ever bought and they looked terrible! That’s cycling. Trial and error.

    Hope to get some lifetime socks!


  3. Kelly Cato Barnard on November 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Worst pair of sock I ever had, the elastic wore out and the shoe would eat my sock. Could not keep the socks above the shoe! Womens size 7.5.

  4. tsarjeant on November 9, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Picked up a pair of socks a few years back, wore them once and they were so tight i had to stop on a ride and take them off. My feet were going numb. mens 8.5 Thanks for yet another great opportunity!!!

  5. Bob Fiedler on November 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Worst pair of socks ever…has to be the cotton tube socks I double up on in these cold Midwestern winters. No matter how many I put on, my feet are still ice cold after 30 minutes. I have been thinking of some wool socks for cycling and these could be the ticket. Size lg.
    ps- I even love the colors.

  6. Mike on November 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Men’s size 10 – When I started riding, I was wearing cotton athletic socks, not really knowing any better. This became a real problem once I started riding in the cold & snow in Upstate NY and my feet turned to frozen, wooden blocks. So, any sock that will help prevent frostbite sound great to me.

  7. Allen Key on November 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Men’s 8. The worst pair I ever had were too expensive to throw away but the cuff wreaked havoc on my circulation. I threw them in a jersey pocket and went sockless for part of a ride because of them.

  8. LC on November 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I wear a women’s 6 1/2 to 7 The worst socks I ever had were really great to begin with. They were smooth and fit great. Then, agter a couple of washes they became lumpy. I don’t know what happened! I wass really upset about it so I called the company The customer service rep ‘sometimes socks just do that’. No “I’m sorry about that, here’s how we can fix it…” He suggested I buy a couple more pairs…no way!

  9. Lauren S. Gros on November 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I actually am new to cycling (I started in May riding an old 1970s beach cruiser that weighs AT LEAST 50 lbs) and an slowly but surely accumulating quality gear for my rides. I have to pace myself because all the gear is so much fun to buy, but paychecks only allow a couple of things at a time! lol Women’s size 9 for me!

  10. Malachi on November 8, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Never had cycle specific socks! However I did end up with a pair of sport socks from Cabot when I lived in Vermont. Besides maple syrup and roasting coffee they had socks down

  11. David Nichols on November 8, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Nothing like the feel of that little hole slowly getting bigger as your big toe pops through. Even worse than a flat. Shouldn’t happen with Darn Tough, especially if they’re purple. Size 9 1/2.

  12. Collin Stringer on November 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Men’s size 11. My worst pair was not terrible, but small holes appeared at both big toes after 4 or 5 months of riding. I guess I should say my toes appeared through the holes. They were Pearl Izumi.

  13. Stacey Hanna on November 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I wear a women’s 10, and I think I have one pair left after my move. I have some half pairs(we gave away the dryer that ate the socks), and the girls have claimed them from me for crazy sox days. I packed everything I could fit into storage, and gave away everything else to the salvation army when we moved into my Parents’ house to take care of my mom. I miss comfy riding socks. I rise in Converse with cotton ankle socks. They slip down into the cycling shoes and end up in a wad under my toes. The elastic is new and they move slower in the converse, but like lightning in my cycling shoes. They are the only thing that moves that fast on my cruiser.

  14. Dan on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Size 13
    I usually use Castelli socks which I like, but I could always use an extra pair of socks.

  15. kimstrong on November 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Women’s 9. 2 pair of bad socks, one pair the top cuff has stretched out so much they fall down, the other pair there’s not enough elastic to hold them up to my ankles and they too, fall down inside my shoes (kinda how kids like to wear them these days, but that doesn’t fly for this cyclist) thx! (btw, your moving to grenada post has inspired me to persue a national parks job and travel instead of sitting idle at a state job , thank you for that kick in the pants)

  16. Brad on November 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Never found a pair of cycling socks that I did not like. Since I only wear them while riding haven’t worn many out. Maybe I’ve never had a “good” pair to know what to compair them to.
    Size 10.5.
    Thanks for the blogs.

  17. Jrsst97 on November 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I’m new to cycling, so have never experienced cycling specific socks. I have had some pretty nasty barn socks. Size 10.

  18. pete on November 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    they were flash “silk” mtb socks and as I pulled them on my foot kept going through them until the sock was around my knee and no longer over my foot, they were one time only and never worn and never replaced by the shop i got them off, bad news, unfortunately that was 10 yrs ago and don’t have a photo, mens large size

  19. Larry Myers on November 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    My worst pair of cycling socks are just standard crew socks since I really cannot afford to buy them, that is what I am stuck with. I hate how they hold sweat sooo bad. I would love to try a real pair of socks out and if I was chosen that would be awesome and my sock size is size 12 or however they come. Thanks for offering these! This could be great! Larry Myers

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