Review: CEP Ultralight Short Socks

If you’re looking for quality, light-weight socks the CEP Ultralight Short Socks could well be the answer based on our testing

By
Share
WhatsApp
Facebook
Twitter
Reddit
Email

For an item so seemingly basic and simple, a good pair quality of socks can significantly enhance your comfort while running and cycling.

The CEP Ultralight Short Socks aren’t the cheapest out there – but if you are looking for performance (and colour!), Chris Hovenden suggests they are pretty hard to beat, based on his testing this season.

Product: CEP Ultralight Short Socks
Price: £21
Size: Tested in a Medium III, available in Sizes II to V – see website for guidance.
Weight: 32g
Colours: Viper/green; black/green; red/green; electric blue/green; white/green
Website: www.cepsports.co.uk

What we thought

The CEP Ultralight Short Socks’ combination of light-weight and breathable material along with relatively little padding makes them a good option whether you’re riding for several hours or hitting the trails.

The slight compression on the arch and ankle is designed to enhance stabilisation – it is hard to tell whether there is any noticeable difference, but the extra support is by no means a negative.

Weighing just over 30g the socks live up to their ‘Ultralight’ name, and on hot rides or runs you appreciate the light-weight breathable material. Importantly, after several months of testing, the socks have proved very durable unlike many ‘light-weight’ options.

CEP Ultralight

If using particularly snug bike shoes you may prefer socks with even more minimal toe box padding, but I found them to be comfortable in nearly all of my bike and tri shoes.

If you’re into the latest cycling trend for long socks the CEP Ultralight Short Socks’ 4 inch cuff may not be long enough, but performance-wise these socks are hard to beat – for example, the cuffs do not slip after long hours in the saddle or when running hard.

CEP Ultralight

Lastly, the CEP Ultralight Short Socks are available in several eye-catching colour combos and have L and R to ensure you get them on the correct foot!

Verdict

Very good – my ‘go to’ socks for cycling and running. However, they have a substantial price tag.

Avatar
Article by
Love exclusive offers, competitions & opinion?
The revamped TRI247 newsletter is the only place to find exclusive offers, awesome competitions and unique opinon from leading triathlon commentators.