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Thursday, August 06, 2009

the wrightsock challenge

I've tried a lot of running socks, and I have a few favorites. But I usually stick to C9 from Target low-cut socks. They're cheap, and I actually like them better than some of my pricier socks. They're really thin and light, and are pretty much all I use in the summer.

In fact, I had a pair on when I arrived home from work today. I was dressed for my run already, and had a few minutes to stop in to grab some water ... and change my socks!

Because look what arrived today:

The WRIGHTSOCK Challenge

Thanks to the generous folks at WRIGHTSOCK and the Runners' Lounge, I've been offered the chance to challenge my old running socks.

For the rest of the month, I'm kicking my old socks to the curb and putting WRIGHTSOCKs to the test.

I chose the double-layer Coolmesh® socks for my first run:

The WRIGHTSOCK Challenge

My first impression was very positive. They are light and soft, and felt a lot better than my Target socks.

The double-layers are supposed to prevent blisters by reducing friction. I've (knock on wood) had pretty good luck with blisters lately, though I have been having some trouble with callouses.

I'm an over-pronator, and I seem to have worn through my old orthotics. That was one of the problems they corrected. After my last few runs, I've been pretty sore in two places on the inside of my right toe.

Well, I wasn't expecting any relief until I got new orthotics ... but my toe feels fine tonight. I ran the same distance on Tuesday, and actually my run had more hills tonight.

Now, on Tuesday I might have been recovering from a trail race on Sunday that was particularly hard on the feet ... but I want to believe that these socks have solved the problem!

Another nice thing is the sizing. I'm a size 6, which usually falls in the smaller end of the size range. I have quite a few pairs of socks where the heel hits halfway up my ankle.

The WRIGHTSOCK "small" range is size 4-6, and they were perfect.

Well, that's surely the most I've ever written about (or thought about) socks. And I soon will have entire series of posts about them. I never saw that coming!

I'm looking forward to the rest of this challenge. So far, I'm impressed!

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At 1:16 AM, August 07, 2009, Blogger RunningLaur said...

Wow, I didn't realize that they were sending people more than one pair of socks! That's amazing!

I'm with you on the cheap target socks, they've worked well for me - but it'll be interesting to see everyone's own preferences come out with all of these sock options. Hope they treat you well!

At 7:59 AM, August 07, 2009, Blogger sneakersister said...

I wore the double layer coolmesh for my run this morning. This is going to be tough with six different styles to review. So far I can't say I loved the coolmesh pair as much as you did.

At 3:53 PM, August 07, 2009, Blogger J said...

I usually just buy cheap socks too. I bought some expensive ones and they give me blisters! How weird is that!

At 8:08 AM, August 08, 2009, OpenID trialsoftraining said...

I never bought "running" socks until last year - always just went with an athletic type sock that looked comfy and was cheap. NOW? I know better - they can make a big difference. these sound like a good deal! :)

At 12:18 PM, August 08, 2009, Blogger Betsy said...

Cool, can't wait to try mine!

At 10:15 PM, August 10, 2009, Blogger SLynnRo said...

I'm on a perpetual sock quest. Lucky you!


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