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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.

▸ Features
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
▸ Tech

WindFoil™ combines the insulative benefits of a polyester micro-fleece liner with a smooth, highly 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.
  • Composition: 100% polyester with PU membrane.
  • 100% windproof.
  • Durable water-repellent (DWR) finish on face fabric.
  • Breathability: 4000gm per sq.m per 24hr.

▸ More than Kiwi Made
Ground Effect clothing is crafted right here in 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.

▸ Weight
60 gm
▸ Compare

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

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▸ Washing

  • 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 EcoverEcostoreEarthwise 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. 

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    Andrew Dickinson-Smith

    Good quality but didn’t keep my toes warm

    Bought these after reading the reviews as I get cold toes on the chilly mornings on my daily (40 min each way) commute during the winter. The quality is good and the wind blocking fabric has meant the top of my feet are definitely warmer but the seam sits across my toes so they haven’t had the effect I’d hoped for and my toes are still as cold as they are without the Lucifers. I’ve paired them with Footsolders and thicker Zigzags with the same outcome. If the Windfoil fabric was extended to wrap around under the toes I think they would have been perfect, so my rating reflects that they didn’t solve the problem I purchased them for. As I said above the quality is good. My feet are UK11, Euro 46, I purchased Large size and they fit ok (albeit with the seam across, not under, my toes). Can’t win them all I guess.

    Jill R.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    Loving my Lucifers

    I’ve been suffering from cold feet whilst night riding for a while now and been on the look out for something to keep me toastie. Two layers of merino just wasn’t cutting it. Then I found trhese - bloody marvellous. Pair them with a thin layer of merino underneath and you’ll be warm as.

    James T.
    New Zealand


    Tried them first time today , keep the winter cold away

    New Zealand

    Flaming good

    Zero windchill, didn't feel sweaty but warm enough to go without overshoes on a dry winter day. Trade off with windstopper material is lack of stretch so there is a bit of bunching of material to put up with in a close fitting road shoe but fit is better than others I've tried in the past and not a showstopper. If the undersole was stretch wool rather than fleece I think that would improve the fit. I have size 45 feet, the large was snug enough to use alone or roomy enough to still fit a thin pair of cycling socks underneath for extra warmth. Well stitched and look durable like all GE gear. Overall not perfect but definitely worth four stars.

    Andy v.
    New Zealand


    Great product to keep your feet snugly during the winter months-lightweight ,fits well and is comfortable to wear

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