Embers Winter Quarter socks and Falke BC3 Cross Country socks

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Posh foot underwear (funderwear?). Do you get what you pay for?

Brand:
Embers and Falke
Product:
Winter Quarter socks and BC3 Cross Country socks
From:
Embers, embersmerino.com and Falke, falke.com
Price:
£9.00/pair and £13.00/pair
Tested:
by Jenn for Three months.
Word count:
308

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This is a tale of two socks. Well, a tale of two pairs of socks, though in the interests of comparative testing I’ve just been out for a ride in one of each. I don’t think anybody noticed…

Embers specialises in merino outdoors kit and these are its winter-weight socks. At a near 50-50 split between sheep and synthetic fibres (there’s a bit of elastane in there for stretch and shape retention too), they wicked well and stayed warm. The double-knit construction adds padding and insulation; they’re extremely comfortable and exceptionally cosy, with just one problem: they don’t wash well.

I know the whole point of merino is that you don’t have to wash it as often as some other fabrics, but that doesn’t apply to socks; these came out of the first 30ºC wash feeling like cardboard and haven’t improved from there. A bit of a major flaw in a product that is going to see repeated dirtying and washing.

At the other end of the spectrum is Falke: a sock specialist making everything from cycling socks to suspenders. The BC3s have complicated, multi-weight (and multi-fibre) construction, with a thicker knit under forefoot, heel and over the ankle bones to provide a little more cushioning, while midfoot and arch get a tighter, lighter knit for more support with ventilation. They’re still soft, snug and comfortable after just as many wears/washes as the Embers and have held on to their stretch nicely, too. Are they worth the extra £4 a pair? After three months of wash and wear, they still look – and, more importantly for my delicate toes, feel – like new. So yes, I think they are.

Overall: Posh foot underwear (funderwear?). I like a bargain as much as the next girl but here, you do get what you pay for.

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