We’ve worn and ridden in several iterations of the Showers Pass Waterproof socks, and they’ve consistently been our most recommended riding upgrade to a winter kit. With each new addition to their collection, the Portland-based brand manages to outdo themselves with an even better product, and the latest release, the Crosspoint Ultra-light waterproof sock, continues this trend as our favorite winter riding sock to date.
- Based on the Crosspoint sock, utilizing thinner material on the foot upper
- Similar feel to a mid-weight wool sock
- Crew height
- Waterproof lining
- Available in 4 sizes
On the trail
We can’t express enough how good these socks are… for riding in the wintertime, Showers Pass socks are the best investment you can make. While the original models still get cycled into our rotation (especially for trail building and hiking) as they’re extremely nice to have when it’s both wet and cold, the additional thickness means we run a “winter-specific” shoe… that is, a shoe that’s a half size larger than usual. I was pretty stoked when the Lightweight version dropped (review here) and the Ultralight sock feels even better; its even more like a wool sock that can be worn with your usual shoe without a scrunched feeling, which makes it the most versatile of the lineup.
That said, I happily wear either, though the new Ultra lightweight means I’m inclined to wear them on a dry day on a route where we’ll encounter a stream crossing.
Our favorite winter shoe is the Shimano Winter shoe, and paired with this sock, it’s an amazing combination that makes riding in crappy weather almost pleasant. When running platform pedals, I’ve been pairing them with the FiveTen Freerider Winter Shoe, which has been solid as well.
In terms of fit, they do feel a little snug when putting them on. I’m running the medium/large with a 43 shoe; they easily stretch to fit over your foot but once on, I don’t feel any unusual or excessive compression.