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Take the sting out of winter riding with these thermal socks. They're constructed from our Hot Shot™ Merino, with a WindFoil™ top section to shield your toes from icy blasts during those rapid descents.
WindFoil™ combines the insulative benefits of a polyester micro-fleece liner with a smooth, water resistant, softshell exterior. A totally windproof, yet highly breathable membrane is sandwiched between the inner and outer fabrics providing effective protection in cold, dry conditions.
Ground Effect clothing is crafted right here in Aotearoa | New Zealand. Has been ever since we started back in 1994. Manufacturing locally works for us. We operate a quick-response system - holding minimal stock of any one item, but churning out a few more quick-smart when the pile gets low. The upshot is that we are seldom caught with our shelves empty, so orders get despatched the same day you place them.
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 Ecostore, Earthwise 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.
These are really good. For me they replace shoe covers (unless it is wet) which is great because shoe covers are such a faff to put on. They fit well without bunching up and I can wear other socks underneath and still fit my shoe. Sock plus Lucifer combination works for me down to zero degrees in dry weather.
Wore these on cold mornings ( around 0degsC) on Clutha Gold and Alps to Ocean in May. Wore thin merino socks underneath and running shoes. My feet stayed warm. I don’t think they would have been enough on their own at that temperature. But worked well for me.
These are one of the best purchases I've ever made.
Winter riding leaves you with cold feet, I've tried two pairs of socks but they are too tight in my shoes so my feet go numb.
Tried Skins, while they work to some degree they don't fit snuggly, a bit thicker so a little tight and let air in.
I have found the Lucifers to be light, 99% warm, snug and fit nicely in my shoes.
Even after river crossings where your feet are spongy wet my feet were cold but not the usual frozen.
Would definitely recommend.