Q36.5 Ultralight Socks : La Prima : White ITALIA

Made from raw, un-dyed yarn for maximum softness, the Q36.5 unisex Ultralight 'La Prima' White Italia sock is the epitome of foot comfort for cyclists.

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Season : SS17
Code : Q36520
Weight : 0KG

The humble sock is often overlooked by cyclists, especially those new to the sport. One thing is for certain, riders of all disciplines appreciate the comfort a good sock affords though many miss the performance benefits.

In the pro peloton there’s only one colour scheme for a secret-weapon sock if a particular pro wants to wear it without breaking a sponsorship contract: all white, no markings. Without giving too much away this sock (in its original iteration) is all white and has no markings.

The Q36.5 Ultralight sock was originally developed for elite cyclists who preferred a greater degree of road feedback afforded by a tighter interface with the shoe and thus required the thinnest sock that technology permits. The Q36.5 Ultralight is just that. The Ultralight is a seamless tube sock and is knitted using an ultra-fine, incredibly soft, polyamide microfilament with high elastane content for a snug fit and zero-crease interface with the shoe. It is designed with strategic mesh panels for breathability and 2 multi-channel ribbed padding zones, one in the metatarsal area, the other to protect the Achilles tendon.

The first thing you will notice, before you even put these on, is just how incredibly soft they are. No, seriously, you have never had it this good! This is in part thanks to the use of the polyamide filament but more specifically the way it is knitted. The Ultralight uses a 200-needle knit to produce an extremely dense but soft peau d’ange fabric and the socks are characterised by noticeably lower volume and superior longevity. The white variants of the Ultralight are the softest as they use a raw un-dyed yarn in order to maintain the softest feel possible for the fabric. Colour is thus a slightly off-white. In addition, the use of raw fabric also aids the longevity of the socks.

The Ultralight 'La Prima' White Italia features a Tricolore of fine stitched thread around the rear of the cuff. A subtle detail that tips a nod to their Italian origin.

You’ll barely notice you’re wearing them and you may have to tighten your shoe an extra notch!

8cm cuff length

Size Guide

Q365 Size Guide

Technical Information

  • Achilles tendon protection pad

Padded rectangular area which protects the Achilles Tendon zone, increasing comfort and longevity of the product. This feature has been designed to compensate for the severity of the grip in the tighter rear heel construction of the new generation of stiffer-soled cycling shoes.>

  • Lightweight density construction

Single thread construction using microfilaments with 200-needle knit which produces an extremely dense but soft peau d’ange fabric. All products which employ this construction technique are characterised by noticeably lower volume fabric and superior longevity

  • Metatarsal protection pad

Larger rectangular padded area which protects the metatarsal area of the foot, increasing comfort and protection.

  • Pump Action Gradual Compression

A gradual compression system for socks designed with a cone shape for greatest compression at the bottom of the foot. Specifically designed for active compression i.e. to be used during activity rather than during the recovery period.

  • Zero-crease fit

The Zero-crease fit, achieved by the highly elastic and low-volume construction of the sock, guarantees a snug creaseless fit which can adapt to the different volumes of the foot in different climate conditions, particularly in summer when high temperatures can cause the foot to swell considerably. The elimination of creases from this contact point greatly increases comfort as well as minimizing the possibility of developing blisters and sores.  

  • RSR (Regional Sweat Rate) body mapping  

Garments constructed with RSR (Regional Sweat Rate) body mapping will be breathable in differing degrees throughout the garment according to scientific research data collected regarding the various regional sweat rates of the athlete’s body. This more strategic use of breathable panels and varying densities allows for the construction of the lowest volume garment as well as the most stable body temperature during activity.

 

Buyers Guide

As a huge fan of Q36.5, there isn't much - if anything in the range I haven't either worn or own!

As with all cycling apparel, in order to do its job effectively : keep you warm or cool, dry, comfortable and aero, it has to fit correctly. All too often we see riders in clothing that is far too big, flapping around or with gaping sleeves.

We get it, some people don't want to 'look silly' in tight fitting lycra - the stigma for many remains. To these folk I say consider this: most of those who'll be paying you any mind while you ride around will be other cyclists; they will almost certainly think you look silly if you're riding around in loose, ill-fitting kit! Besides, you want to get the best from your investment so who cares what people who aren't part of the cycling fraternity think - if it fits properly, it works the way it's designed to.

Q36.5 is highly technical kit; regionally sweat-mapped for optimum moisture management; ergogenic pattern cuts for best possible form-fitting and aerodynamics; not to mention the thermal conductivity that helps stabilise your body temperature, freeing up energy for riding. Fit is key and often at odds with your civvies.

We recommend purchasing and wearing your Q36.5 garment ‘true to size’ - if you are usually a Medium, purchase a Medium. However, when trying on a Q36.5 garment for the first time please keep in mind that cut and fit is designed for on the bike comfort and performance and the user may feel a minor degree of strain (eg. in the shoulder and chest area of the jersey / jacket or the bib short braces) when standing upright.

Try adopting a tucked, cycling position when trying kit on - all cycling clothing of any note is pre-shaped or cut in this position in order to deliver the technical benefits of the piece. When on the bicycle, any feeling of restriction should literally disappear and be replaced by a snug fit yet with excellent ease of movement, comfort and stability.

If you are ever unsure of sizing - maybe you have no frame of reference or you've tried 2 sizes and both seem to fit - the recommendation is to size down!  Better to have your cycling kit tight than loose. Materials will give out slightly too and in the case of bibshorts, you want the pad firmly against you so you are stable in the saddle and so there is no rubbing of material or shifting of the pad - this only leads to bad places; saddle sores and ultimately, quicker wear in your kit.

Exceptions to this are rare but recent style and cut changes to the patterned jerseys in the Q36.5 range have yielded some minor size changes. The original patterned R1 jerseys (eg Vaccaboia) that featured a Raglan sleeve cut, have now evolved into the G1 that features a new anatomical pre-shaped sleeve design for superior ergonomics. While the fit overall is improved, these G1 jerseys I find to be slightly shorter and a smidge tighter. If you are between sizes or already borderline on a size (close to it being too small), you may wish to size up one. Similarly, if you are not quite 'racing snake' and the size chart suggests you are a particular size - if you are close to the upper most extreme of that measure - you may wish to size up (it's how it works for me!)

A note on socks : Q36.5 socks are supremely comfortable, easily the best I have ever owned. They last too and that feeling continues wash after wash where others become crisp and scratchy. If you are between sizes or unsure then I suggest you size down. There is plenty of stretch in Q36.5. With some models - notably the Be Love 0 and Be Love Seta - it is recommended that you cold-wash them before first use; they will shrink ever so slightly but not enough to warrant buying a size up.

Base layers are critical to the performance of anything you layer over the top. They should absolutely be a second skin or they don't do their job. If it fits like your favourite Sunday afternoon baggy T-shirt, bin it!  Always buy the size that fits closest without any pinching under the arms or restriction at the cuff. Again, size down if you are unsure or between prescribed sizes. You may find that for the UK climate you can survive the winter in a short sleeve Q36.5 Base (Base Layer 2) - though this will depend on how you feel the cold. During summer, a base layer is still beneficial, helping to move moisture off the skin - where the temperature exceeds 24oC, you may find that an L1 Pinstripe Essential or Seta jersey are fine next to the skin.

Get a Vest / Gilet! If you don't own one, this is the single piece of equipment that offers the broadest range of benefits. A good gilet offers wind protection on chilly mornings, late evenings, descents after hot and sweaty climbs; core protection in sudden downpours and is virtually indispensible year round. Not sure where the weather will go an any given ride? Stuff it in a jersey pocket and your core will always be protected, extending the operating temperature of the rest of your outfit; be that in summer or winter.

Q36.5 make 4 key vests - one uniquely for potentially wet rides but that also serves to keep the wind off (R.Vest Protection); the all-round Vest L1 Essential that offers both thermal stability, insulation and weather protection; the new Air Vest, the ultimate in low bilk emergency wear that will keep the wind and showers from ruining your ride and that packs down incredibly small - it weighs just 69g;  and the Woolf Bombardino - a versatile gilet that can serve as a layering piece or an external weather defense during rides in changeable conditions - it's small too so ideal for summer trips to the mountains where temperature can vary sigificantly with elevation. Remember - the fit needs to be close, particularly when layering.

 

 

 

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The humble sock is often overlooked by cyclists, especially those new to the sport. One thing is for certain, riders of all disciplines appreciate the comfort a good sock affords though many miss the performance benefits.

In the pro peloton there’s only one colour scheme for a secret-weapon sock if a particular pro wants to wear it without breaking a sponsorship contract: all white, no markings. Without giving too much away this sock (in its original iteration) is all white and has no markings.

The Q36.5 Ultralight sock was originally developed for elite cyclists who preferred a greater degree of road feedback afforded by a tighter interface with the shoe and thus required the thinnest sock that technology permits. The Q36.5 Ultralight is just that. The Ultralight is a seamless tube sock and is knitted using an ultra-fine, incredibly soft, polyamide microfilament with high elastane content for a snug fit and zero-crease interface with the shoe. It is designed with strategic mesh panels for breathability and 2 multi-channel ribbed padding zones, one in the metatarsal area, the other to protect the Achilles tendon.

The first thing you will notice, before you even put these on, is just how incredibly soft they are. No, seriously, you have never had it this good! This is in part thanks to the use of the polyamide filament but more specifically the way it is knitted. The Ultralight uses a 200-needle knit to produce an extremely dense but soft peau d’ange fabric and the socks are characterised by noticeably lower volume and superior longevity. The white variants of the Ultralight are the softest as they use a raw un-dyed yarn in order to maintain the softest feel possible for the fabric. Colour is thus a slightly off-white. In addition, the use of raw fabric also aids the longevity of the socks.

The Ultralight 'La Prima' White Italia features a Tricolore of fine stitched thread around the rear of the cuff. A subtle detail that tips a nod to their Italian origin.

You’ll barely notice you’re wearing them and you may have to tighten your shoe an extra notch!

8cm cuff length

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