Zig Zags

169 reviews
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Jet Black

Cosy socks for winter riding cunningly knitted with a toasty merino wool inner and hard-wearing nylon outer. Slightly thicker than the Foot Soldiers with additional cushioning around your ankles. Mud and chain oil blends in with the laundry-friendly black cuffs.
  • X-rated elastic arch and ankle support prevents slippage.
  • Cushioned heel and toes for warmth and comfort.
  • Designed by us. Made in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 80 gm

Toasty Merino wool knitted sock with nylon plated to the outside for durability. Blended with elastic for stretch.
  • Composition: 42% merino; 24% elastic; 19% lycra; 15% nylon.


Lucifers Shindigs Zig Zags Foot Soldiers Toe Rags
Fabric WindFoil™ Merino-Nylon Merino-Nylon Merino-Nylon Merino-Nylon
Warmth Windproof fleece Winter Winter Summer Summer
Style Ankle Calf Ankle Ankle Liner



  • All Ground Effect clothing enjoys a warm 40ºC machine wash. Try to avoid cold-water detergents and those with bleach, 'oxygen whitener' or fabric softener.
    • The cold-water varieties have little enzymes that are super-charged to brave the cold but can damage technical fabrics and cause skin irritation. 
    • Bleach rots natural fibres like merino, strips the dye, attacks laminates of waterproof fabrics and can also cause skin irritation.
    • Sodium Percarbonate (the main ingredient in oxygen whitener) can make colours run.
    • Fabric softener and stuff containing it like wool wash destroys the water repellent finish on waterproof and water resistant fabrics, and can cause colours to run. 
  • As a rule of thumb, a product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like EcostoreEarthwise or Aware.
  • Hand washing is sometimes the only option on tour, but a washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
  • Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so hanging on the line or drooping over the bedpost is generally the best option. High heat can damage some fabrics so if you do take your threads for a spin, set the device on 'medium' or 'warm' rather than hot. A lap in the dryer is recommended for your rain jacket, after it has dried on the line, as it helps recharge its water repellent finish. 

  • Wash colours separately.

  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $7 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$7 by tracked airmail to Australia.
  • Around NZ$15-25 by tracked airmail to destinations elsewhere in the world - calculated in our shipping cart as you check out. 
    • More shipping and tax details in our FAQ.
    Customer Reviews
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      Werner v.

      Podium Socks

      Simply put these are five star socks regardless of whether they are for bike riding or just general use. I have 8 pairs which I have purchased over the years and still wear my original pair purchased back in in 2000 or thereabouts. A testament to the quality, the features and overall design of these socks.

      Keva R.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Warm and cozy

      Kept my toes warm on near freezing mornings. I love that they resist smell over Multi day rides too!

      Neil P.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom

      Worth the air miles!

      Zig Zags have become my go-to Spring/Autumn riding socks. They're great for when there's a chill in the air, or indeed when it's looking a bit wet. They are also really comfortable, and don't seem to struggle with shrinkage, unlike some other brands of merino socks I've tried. So in the end, it's worth the air miles for a bit of long-lasting quality.

      Steven H.
      United States United States

      How would I know

      Cannot review an item i have not received. It is going on five weeks still waiting on 2 Items


      Ground Effect

      Hi Steven, thanks for your review. Sorry your delivery has taken so long but USPS says the parcel has now been delivered to your mailbox now. Hopefully you have them there but let us know if not. pedal on, Ernie.

      Kurt K.
      United States United States

      Great Biking and Hiking Socks

      Have used these both for biking and hiking. Can’t go wrong with merino. They really keep my feet and ankles warm. When it gets really cold, I put Lucifers over them then I’m really toasty. One pair might not be enough.