Sockturday: Pearly’s Possum Socks

logoYES. It’s a thing and you will be glad you know of it. Even Bicycling Magazine reviewed them as amazingly warm socks for cycling. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t ride. Commute to work warm, early morning mountain shred cozy, coffee stop and the only table left is outside – you got this. You have Pearly’s Possum Socks.

Pictured is the Original Pearly

Pictured is the Original Pearly

Duke from Pearly’s had this to say:
First let me say that at Pearly’s we have put function ahead of fashion. We have worked really hard to have the very best product in terms of the warmest and most comfortable sock possible. At times that means we have had to choose between fashion and function, we have always chosen function.
How did the concept start and how did the company first grow? You were more or less inspired by Patagonia socks? 
Margo and I Mtn Biked around New Zealand’s South Island in 2011, the weather was supposed to be nice, but most days were actually cold and rainy. Our guide, the legendary Phil Oliver suggested I try a pair of possum socks. I found a pair of hiking socks and they were amazing. When we got home from NZ we set about to craft the best possible cycling sock using a combination of Merino Wool and Possum Fur. Pearly’s are the result. They have become a cult sock, we have customers with a dozen pairs who wear them every single day.
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Will the product ever expand to new materials or new designs?
New designs – yes, we think our yarn and the resulting product is amazing so we are likely sticking with the materials. Over the last 12 months we did introduce the “Moto” a knee high version. The response has been amazing so we made add more variants in the future.
Do you encounter any problems selling or shipping possum fur? 
No we don’t have any problems, but we do get a lot of questions about the possum. The New Zealand possum is a ecological disaster in NZ that the government and environmental organizations are working to solve. Introduced from Australia about 100 years ago, the NZ possum are consuming the native vegetation and destroying the natural habitat of many bird species. The government and Eco Orgs are working to reduce the possum population to stop the deforestation and save their amazing  bird populations. That creates a surplus of possum material and Pearly’s is one of several companies that use the fur. Others make golfing gloves from the skins and dog food for the working dogs of NZ from the meat. Our engagement starts at yarn, there is a factory in NZ that spins the yarn for us and we receive spools of it.
Who do you imagine your audience to be?
Our clients are primarily hardcore cyclists who spend time in cold weather. Our customer base is global and the common thread is that people want to have warm and comfortable feet. We have customers who climb mountains in them, a doctor who wears them to work every day, bike commuters who ride year round and many others. Truly every cyclist should have a least one pair in their kit, Pearly’s are like a secret weapon for that day you are going out, and the weather is not cooperating.
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Have you ever had any surprising testimonials?
We love the testimonials we get…they inspire us and motivate us to have the best possible product. Our customer simply rock, they are the best. Here are some of my favorites:
This one cracks me up – the author has his son smell the socks after several days of riding…http://www.bikecommuters.com/2013/11/12/review-pearlys-possum-socks/
Here is one from our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pearlyspossumsocks

Below is an update from last weekends Iceman race in Michigan. Weather was cold and it was a perfect Pearly’s day!!!

From Chris Stirlen:

My feet were warm and dry despite the 20 minutes of 12 mph sleet and rain coming at me on the 30+ mph downhill slalom part of the course.

The photo is from the bike corral after the race and before the rest of the 5000 riders arrived. Shook the sand and mud splatters out my Pearlies and wore them to the after party!

Thank you for such an outstanding product,

Chris

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Sockturday: Sako 7

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#SAKO7 is a range of socks and cycling apparel created by Sean Sakinofsky, a road cyclist originally from Cape Town, South Africa. The name SAKO7 comes from his nickname, Sako, and his lucky number 7.

It started with socks, and so the slogan is the root of all creation: ‘The socks maketh the kit’
All of SAKO’s designs for his cycling apparel, bottles and caps are influenced by his socks. Unique, yes.
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However, the designs of SAKO7 are influenced by either Sean’s life experiences, famous artists, individuals or movies which have made an imprint on his life. He says his designs must have a story behind them, a book about his life.
SAKO’s philosophy about socks is the following:
Sock length most definitely is a contentious issue. Ankle high socks or anything less than a 4″ high cuff is a NO GO!
However, if a sock is too high, it is not considered ‘good style’ or ‘classy’.
Sean prefers when the top of the sock cuff stops at the beginning of the calf muscle belly, and does not run into or over the calf muscle. (It is of course up to the individual to position the cuff properly.) Everyone has a different shape calf muscle.
The sock should be high enough to accentuate the the lower leg running into the belly of the calf muscle.
There is nothing worse than when someone is wearing stylish cycling apparel and messes up the look with socks which fail to meet the aforementioned criteria.
Socks can make a bad kit look good and if the socks don’t conform to standards, then the socks can make a good kit look bad.
‘The socks maketh the kit’.
Lastly, regarding the style of socks, this is pretty much ‘Carte Blanche’. Socks can be seen as a blank piece of canvas for the designer to apply their artistic touch, and create their work of art.
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Sean has always maintained that socks should be bold, daring and never boring. However, even a classic plain white high top pair of socks has its place.
The style of your socks is really the finishing piece to your kit. He also advocates that style stays and fashion fades. So with this in mind, and when it comes to socks, Sean changes it ever so slightly and states that fashion fades, but stripes will always stay.
The SAKO7 evolution continues and the latest exciting chapter is the globalization of the brand. This development came about when Sean joined forces with Peter Appleton, former head of POC Bicycle Division. Peter has a flair for identifying inspirational and cutting edge brands along with expertise in product development and his myriad of global connections. Peter will be running the global distribution, assisting with product development and along with Sean they are taking SAKO7 to the next level.
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SAKO7 is now based in Dundas, CANADA and is proudly Canadian.

 

VeloVixenUK Gets Boost to Offer More Options to Women

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When we talk about growing women’s cycling we often talk about the sport: race coverage, prize money, minimum wages. Then sometimes we go on to discuss brands offering greater choice for female riders. What we don’t often get to celebrate is the story of a women’s only cycle retailer finding huge success – but that’s what we’ve got in VeloVixen.

Credit: https://totalwomenscycling.com/news/confidence-womens-cycling-velovixen-secures-huge-investment-69956/#7g8TZydIqgMZlZf0.97