Pearl Izumi Pro Tall Sock 2017
The trend in cycling socks today is "taller and more compression". Fair enough. Style and preference must be balanced out with practical benefit. Pearl Izumi's Pro Tall Sock is just that, as it is a sock of choice the BMC Cycling Team. This is considered a tall sock, closer to the common 13-15cm cuff options on the market. No ankle biters for these guys. There are two technical keys to the Pro Tall Sock. First is the PRO Transfer yarn. The second is a graduated compression.
Pearl Izumi's PRO Transfer fabric consists of a polyester yarn that can be woven to various patterns, shapes and stretch capabilities. This yarn is ideal for hot weather cycling socks because it is actually quite soft on the skin, and it hates water. Not literally, but in practice. The material is tremendously breathable and won't hold moisture. This has the benefit of keeping your feet as cool and dry as possible, as well as helping to prevent the bacteria that is the source of the smell from your cycling or running shoes.
The graduate compression starts at the bottom, then reduces as it moves upward. This supports the bony structure of the foot and the soft tissue around your arch, increasing blood circulation- not cutting it off. The compression reduces on upwards, but the cuff still has a nice feel and good fit retention. The other construction points of note include the almost invisible flat toe seam, which not only ensures a perfect, sleek, fit but also eliminates chafing that generally occurs eventually over the course of a long, hot day. You can physically see and feel the effect of the different weaves and compression of the sock from top to bottom. Pearl Izumi is master of their fabric constructions, and this ProTall Sock is easily visible proof.
The graphics on the Pro Tall Sock are distinct, with a horizontal eight stripe front panel and side PI logo. Ride with cool, dry, supported feet like the pros of BMC with this high performance sock from Pearl Izumi.
- Supportive, tall sock with excellent fit and compression, highly breathable
- PRO Transfer yarns provide superior moisture transfer
- Graduated compression for improved performance and slip free fit
- Flat toe seam construction provides superior comfort over toes
- Regular cuff height
- Sizes: Medium, Large
- Colors: Black, White