- Extremely comfortable and seamless toe means no chafing
- Improved circulation, less fatigue and better power transfer
- Firm hold across the foot, ankle and lower leg
- Full range of motion, yet very supportive
- Moisture wicking and breathable – feet don’t get hot
- Medical grade compression design for better blood flow
- Hang dry
Price: $15.77 MSRP
How obtained: Company sample
Sizes: XS – XL Unisex
Colors: Blue/Orange, Blue/Black, Pink/Black, Fluro Yellow/Black
Material: Olefin, nylon and Lycra
RBR advertiser: No
Compression socks: Love them or leave them?
There seems to be two camps as it pertains to compression socks: You either like them or you don’t. I’m in the “like” camp. It’s been a while since I reviewed compression socks and have been testing the Shield Crew Cycling Sock, from Australian-based M20 Industries, for some time. I can say they are the most comfortable compression sock I’ve worn.
The Shield socks are made from medical grade compression material and you can feel the quality as soon as you take them out of the package. Slip them on and feel the support around the foot and ankle. This includes the arch and Achilles, too. However, be sure to put them on the correct foot as each sock is labeled “L” and “R”.
Each time I ride with the Shield socks, I instantly feel the extra support from the compressive fabric which in turn helps to transfer power to the pedals. Throughout my rides (indoor trainer or outside on the road) as well as post-ride, my legs feel less fatigued and fresher.
M20 Industries uses a blend of olefin, nylon and Lycra to provide a high grade of compressive fabric. Properties of the fabric include moisture wicking, anti-bacterial, stain resistant and heat transfer away from the skin.
These socks come in a variety of colors and are unisex designed. Sizing is available from XS-XL, to provide the perfect fit.
As with all quality activewear, to prolong the life of the elastic, the company recommends washing in cold water, mild detergent, and hang dry (not in direct sunlight). I’ve been wearing and washing this test pair for many months with no sign of wear.
For more information about M20’s cycling sock check out their video.
Looking for a high-quality compressive sock that gives Achilles and arch support? Check out Australian-based M20’s Shield crew length sock. It gave me added support, which translated to more power to the pedals and less leg fatigue.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women's cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri's full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.