Review: Pearly’s Possum Socks

Winter’s here, and it’s time to suit up for battling the cold. I’m not talking to my many Florida friends here — I am looking at you, O Winter Warriors!

A few weeks ago, Duke from Pearly’s Possum Socks sent a pair of their cold-weather riding socks for us to test out.


I had heard of these; in fact, Jeremy over at our sister site reviewed a pair about a year ago. I remember being very intrigued by socks made from “exotic” materials, so when the opportunity came to try these out, I volunteered myself in a heartbeat!

Exotic materials, you say? Yes — as they say in the Deep South: “thar’s possum in thar!”

Let’s get something straight right off the bat, though…this isn’t the possum most of us are familiar with. Not the late-night garbage can-marauding, cat food-stealing, angry hissing variety found in the United States, but rather the cute and cuddly-looking New Zealand Brushtail Possum. Cute as it may look, it’s considered an agricultural pest in NZ.


The socks, according to the manufacturer, are:

45% fine merino wool
40% possum fur
10% Nylon/Lycra
5% Isolfil (a polypropylene yarn)

The socks are THICK…the manufacturer states that they will compress into any shoe, but I will warn those of you with very low-volume shoes that these socks do take up some precious real estate. I myself had no issues, but I did have to adjust the straps of my road and mountain shoes quite a bit wider than normal. And LORD are these socks luxurious…they feel fantastic on the foot; soft and utterly itch-free.


As you can see, the socks have about a 4″ cuff. For really cold rides, I thought to myself that I’d enjoy a little more cuff length, but I didn’t have any problems with drafts around my ankles. Extra length would have merely been a guilty pleasure (to be fair, I’ve spent a bit of time fantasizing about a possum/wool bodysuit on the frostiest days).

While the socks are not windproof, they’re tightly-woven. So far, I have taken them on several rides with temps just above freezing…all this while wearing my regular vented cycling shoes and no other foot coverings. The Possum Socks are warm enough for about 2 hours of riding before I started getting tingly toes. Suffice it to say that I am fairly blown away by that! In winter-weight shoes, or in shoes with foot covers, these socks should handle temperatures much lower than I experienced, and I hope to test that theory out as winter progresses.

Now, let’s talk about the price: these socks aren’t cheap. In fact, they’re rather stunningly expensive at $58 a pair. That stings, but consider this: we spend a lot of money on gear and bikes…why not spend money on stuff that actually WORKS and helps us get to work/school in comfort? I put the following question to Duke at Pearly’s:

Jack: What would you say to the naysayers who might balk at the price of these socks?

Duke: We typically ask them how much their bike cost, and how much their shoes cost. And then, how much are comfortable feet worth?

Generally, the answer is….well yeah if they actually keep my feet warm and comfortable, it doesn’t really matter what they cost.

Last year I had this great exchange with James McLean down in Santa Barbara. He was like “Are you crazy? I use plastic bags when its cold! ” And I was “James, how much did your bike cost?” And he goes “$10,000” and I go “You are riding a $10,000 bike with your feet in plastic bags???” Then I sent him a pair of socks and now he is a champion of ours.

For my own purposes, I am prepared to spend whatever it costs to stay warm in conditions like this:

Pearly’s claims that their socks remain stink-free (like most wool clothing does) over several days of use. In the interest of science (and, to be fair, to mess with my child a bit), I wore these socks for about 5 days in a row and had my boy give them the “sniff test”. The results:


Pearly’s Possum Socks are a luxurious way to keep your feet warm on cold rides. Yes, they are expensive, but they fully stand up to the claims the company puts forth. I look forward to slipping into them all winter long!

Visit Pearly’s website for a pair of your own, or stop by your local shop and demand they carry them. They are worth the price of admission.

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  1. Graham

    Someone spent $10K on a winter-commuter bicycle?! Can I please meet this person and have them take me out to dinner? I think that I can talk them into sponsoring a Surly Troll build I’ve been dreaming about that should come in around a tenth of that price… It’ll be a tax write-off!

    I have no doubt that these socks are the bee’s (possum’s?) knees, but won’t any wool sock do nearly as well?

    I’ve been riding in hiking wool socks for years (and they have taller cuffs) and been very happy with them. Of course, I don’t live in Minnesota or anything, so perhaps I’m underestimating the situation a bit here.

  2. Ghost Rider

    I didn’t say anything about a $10K winter commuter. It was merely a reference to someone’ bike…nothing specific. I suspect, though, it was a tourer or roadie.

    This possum fur does seem to make a substantial difference to wool. The hairs are hollow, like Polar Bear fur, and that traps extra heat (or so the company says).

  3. Mir.I.Am

    Jack, is that what you use your children for? Sniffing and huffing your stinky socks!? Hilarious… and a strangely intriguing product… exotic bike socks!

  4. arobustus

    Get a pair of Taiga cycle gaiters for about $50, save $8, and have a dual purpose item to boot! I got them for the rain & they are great for that. They’ve lasted years, and I am hard on such things. They also break the wind effectively as you would expect. It was <30F this morning with the wind right in my face the whole way. I had on nothing but corporate weight black socks, my steel toed oxfords (don't ask) and the gaiters, and I was fine. I've tried various wool socks and have always been disappointed. You gotta stop the wind. Then you are in business.

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