DeFeet EVO Disruptor wind tunnel tested, most aero cycling sock ever

If it’s truly all about marginal gains, then DeFeet has been doing their best to bring small improvements to your lowest contact points for years. Most recently it was carbon fiber socks, then Golden Orb Spider silk socks, and now it’s aerodynamic socks. And they’ve got the wind tunnel data to prove it…

Defeet evo disruptor aero cycling socks tested in the wind tunnel

Defeet evo disruptor aero cycling socks tested in the wind tunnel

After seeing other brands launching aero socks, Defeet decided to make their own. Then they brought them to the A2 Wind Tunnel in Mooresville, NC, and asked Aero Camp director Heath Dotson to run the tests against the competing socks. They say the EVO Disruptor tested faster than anything else, and this snippet from the press release suggests they’re jist as fast in the real world:

On July 8, 2019 Deceuninck-Quickstep rider Julian Alaphillipe baptised the DeFeet EVO Disruptor with a solo break away to win Stage 3 of the Tour de France and take the Yellow Jersey of race leader. In 2018, Deceuninck-Quickstep wore the DeFeet EVO Ventoux to 74 professional victories, but the team saw the emergence of aero socks and asked DeFeet to make its own version.

“Our designs were winning the big races, but riders kept asking for a special aerodynamic model.” said DeFeet Founder and Chief Sockologist Shane Cooper. “We decided to not just jump in with a similar product. We spent over a year in development and took a scientific approach. We designed multiple silhouettes of a sock that introduces new features proven in the wind tunnel.”

Several DeFeet technicians have a strong interest in aerodynamics and we’re excited to apply their knowledge to the EVO Disruptor project.

Test results showed that most aerodynamic socks are approximately four (4) watts more efficient than bare legs while cycling. The new DeFeet EVO Disruptor, however, posted savings of eight (8) watts, doubling the efficiency of competing brands.

DeFeet achieved the new marks with the EVO Disruptor by using subtle, vertical striations that disrupt just enough air to create smoother flow around the feet, ankles and legs of the rider. Since feet move forward while riders punch through the air, the pedaling motion creates more than purely parasitic drag on the cyclist.

The results were good enough that DeFeet will put them into prodoction. Look for then to go in sale October 1st, 2019.

DeFeet.com

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arno
arno
3 years ago

Well then. I guess I’ve seen it all now. It’s been a good ride.

Bmx
Bmx
3 years ago
Reply to  arno

Yeah but will they work on cankles

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
3 years ago
Reply to  Bmx

i feel sick now!

roadstain
3 years ago
Reply to  blahblahblah

If I ever put down my Cheeto’s I will get an orange pair…see if it helps with the peripheral edema. I just cant fine proper compression socks in orange….

Berner 505
Berner 505
3 years ago

Agree ^^^.

Cue the Four Horsemen, the Apocalypse is nigh.
: (

TimE
TimE
3 years ago

There’s something wrong with my calendar. It’s supposed to read 1st April 2019 but it says 10th July 2019

David
David
3 years ago

Test is invalid due to the variables of having a rider on the bike during testing.

legstrong
3 years ago

All my defeet socks had issues with unraveling threads after less than 10 uses… I stopped buying them even though they made good looking sock designs.

Nick
Nick
3 years ago
Reply to  legstrong

You have to cut your toenails occasionally, they won’t unravel.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
3 years ago
Reply to  legstrong

I’ve never had a problem with Defeet socks, and I wear them a lot.

tim
tim
2 years ago
Reply to  legstrong

I have Defeet socks I have had for over 20 years. They get thinner and thinner, but never had a seam open or unraveling

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

strangely enough, JA wasn’t wearing those dress sock abominations for his stage victory. Don’t care how much faster they are, I’m not gonna wear ’em.

Tomi
Tomi
3 years ago

But would I enjoy the ride more while wearing them?

Ttxxdd
Ttxxdd
3 years ago

Plz stop

Padrote
Padrote
3 years ago

that seems like a bad name for aerodynamic socks.

John C.
John C.
3 years ago

I love how much this appears to upset people.