MXA TEAM TESTED: GAERNE COOLMAX MOTOCROSS SOCKS

January 31, 2013
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WHAT IS IT? Gaerne’s Coolmax motocross socks are breathable, rugged, knee-high motocross socks.

WHAT’S IT COST?
$18.95.

CONTACT?
www.gaerneusa.com or (800) 426-0213.

WHAT STANDS OUT?
Here’s a list of things that stand out with Gaerne Coolmax socks.

(1) Feel. Gaerne Coolmax socks are stretchy, breathable, polyester motocross socks that wick sweat away from your skin. This helps keep your feet dry. Dry feet mean that you won’t get blisters on those long days at the track. Plus, on hot days, they will help keep your body temperature down. The Gaerne sock has a tight, snug feel, and riders with big calves said that they were difficult to put on, but once they did get them on, they loved the feel.

(2) Durability . Gaerne didn’t want to cut any corners, which is why they went into partnership with Coolmax.

(3) Materials. Although Coolmax makes socks for many sports, they do not have a proprietary motocross sock. Instead, Coolmax allows Gaerne to use its specially formulated textile that is designed to absorb moisture and wick it across the fabric to decrease drying time. Coolmax socks are machine washable and dryable. They require no special handling instructions because their polyester blend is color safe.

(4) Options . There are many options in the sock world. Buyers can choose from a potpourri of thin, thick, short, long, cushioned and antibacterial socks. Gaerne Coolmax motocross socks are medium-thickness, below-the-knee socks with a knit top and padded footwell.

WHAT’S THE SQUAWK?
Two minor quibbles: (1) Riders with larger calves had difficulty getting into them. (2) We don’t know why the color of something you wear under your boot matters, but some test riders wanted brighter colors than black/gray.

Gaerne’s motocross socks are durable, comfortable and cool. For a rider looking for a below-the-knee sock, the Gaerne is a good choice.

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