Published August 17th, 2009
Socks have it tough. When they work well, there’s not much to say about ‘em. When they don’t? Well, you can bet there’ll be a LOT of gripin’ going on. Fortunately I’ve been experiencing the former with my WRIGHTSOCKS, but that means this post will be brief.
Last Thursday I tested the SLXs on a 20-mile long run. While I normally lube up the ol’ feet with Body Glide, I decided to forego it in order to truly test the WRIGHTSOCK mettle. Thank goodness I had absolutely no issues — no blisters, not even any hot spots. Like a few of the other pairs, these socks “hug” your arches, which I really like. They’re medium weight, which are good for both warm and cool climates.
Next up were the SLRs. Frankly, I didn’t see much of a difference between them and the SLXs, other than they’re all white whereas the SLXs are grey and white with a red stripe. The SLRs are touted as having more cushion, but I didn’t really notice. I wore these for my half marathon run on Saturday and really liked them. Again, I’d wear them year-round.
For my 7-mile trail run on Sunday I tried out the Running IIs. Whereas the SLRs and SLXs are single-layered, the Running IIs are double-layered. By the time I hit the trail the temp was in the 70s and my feet did get pretty hot and sweaty. However, that was due more to the trail running shoes I was testing, which are coated in Goretex. Once I switched to my regular, breathable trail shoes my feet were quite comfortable. That said, I probably will save these for cooler weather.
So there you have it — another successful test. I have one more pair to try, then I’ll be wearing each pair several more times. My tootsies are lovin’ it!