Monday, August 10, 2009

Socks Galore

The topic of running socks is something to which I had never really given much thought. It actually wasn't too long ago that I started wearing socks that were made for running. I made the switch from my cotton Hanes and Fruit of the Loom socks to performance socks when I got tired of dealing with the bulky seams that would frequently give me blisters. I've tried a few different brands, mostly the cheap stuff--Target's C9s, Wal-Mart's Starter socks--and haven't had much to complain about. A few months ago, I got a couple pairs of quality socks from Sof-Sole to review, and I started to see the value in the more expensive/higher quality socks. Not enough, however, to go out and replace the cheapos, though.

A couple weeks ago, I got an email from the good folks at the Runner's Lounge introducing a partnership with Wrightsock, and asking me to participate in the Wrightsock Challenge. Today, I finally received my anxiously awaited package in the mail, which contained six different pairs of socks that I will test out over the next 30 days. I'll be posting frequently over the course of the month with reviews on each pair. Here's a rundown of what I got (product summaries provided by
  • Cushioned DLX: The newest update to the WRIGHTSOCK™ line. The Cushioned DLX provides a light amount of cushioning for added comfort. Dri-WRIGHT II™ wicks moisture away from your feet and the two layers absorb all the friction and foot shear. Stabilizer Zone™ helps lock the sock in place. A great addition to the WRIGHTSOCK™ line.
  • Coolmesh: Our lightest, most breathable Double Layer. Features 30% lighter weight than the Running sock along with a mesh panel across the top of the foot. This panel allows for maximum “wicking” action away from the foot, keeping you drier and cooler than other socks. Designed for all activities where lighttweight is preferred. Perfect for Running, Cycling, Hiking and Walking on or off trails.
  • Running II: Our new Running II sock is a variation on our Original sock. The Running II sock is still a flat knit (no cushion) midweight sock designed for all running activities. This new style also has a bit more Lycra® and a Stabilizer ZoneTM for a snug (but not tight) fit. Features the perfect combination of moisture management and friction-free control. This sock provides all the protection you need without shoe sizing issues. Perfect for the Running sock user who would like just a slightly snugger fit.
  • SLR: A premium performance sock featuring a midweight cushioned footbed that adds comfort and protection from shock for all athletic activities. This sock provides all the protection you need without shoe sizing issues.
  • SLT: A lightweight premium performance sock that provides a second skin feel. Perfect for all running activities.
  • SLX: This premium performance sock is ideal for all athletic activities. It features dense terry cushion in key stress zones to provide exceptional comfort and shock absorption. The SLX also has venting channels for added breathability.
Now, to decide which pair to wear first.

To read more about my experiences and those of others participating in the Wrightsock Challenge check out the Forum at the Runner's Lounge.


FLYERS26 said...

I like the real thin socks.
RIght now I am running in the Asics Kayano's.. not the shoe, but the sock they make.
They are about $14.00 a pair, but I like them, because they are thin, and give me a nice tight fit, no blisters!

Mike said...

Welcome to the world of good socks. I used to skimp myself now I'm pretty high maintenance. My wife uses and loves the Wright Socks, I'm a huge fan of the Smartwool myself. Enjoy!