America the Beautiful: Run Oregon reviews of the FITS Socks National Park Series

Grand Teton themed crew by FITS Sock.

Run Oregon bloggers received some samples from FITS Sock Company of their new National Park themed socks – Read on for our thoughts:


From the FITS website:

Knitting socks in Niota, TN since 1902, Crescent Sock Co. endured the ups and downs that shaped the character of America’s people and her textiles industry. Today the company produces socks under its own FITS name in the oldest operating hosiery mill in the U.S. – leveraging technical expertise and long-held knowledge of fit and comfort. The family-owned company remains committed to its vision, its people, and to keeping jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.

  • FITS® Full Contact Fit™
    • Dynamic Toe Cup – contours to the shape of your toes
    • Heel Lock – super deep heel pocket with ample cross stretch locks the sock on your heel
    • Full Contact Cuff – stays in place due to a tighter ankle and looser calf (proper gradience)
  • High-impact cushioning over the Toe Cup and Heel Lock for all day comfort
  • Available crew height for use with your favorite fashionable shoes
  • Looped toe seam
  • Contents:
    • Wool 60%
      Nylon 30%
      Polyester 7%
      Lycra Spandex 3%

Geli: It shouldn’t be hard to find socks that fit well, but it really is. Since socks sizes usually span several shoe sized, sometimes the size you think should fit either binds your toes or ankles, or it is so loose that starts spinning around your foot freely.

Not with these socks! I tried the women’s Ultra Light Casual Crew socks in the Vintage Olympic NP pattern. Since moving to Oregon I wear light to medium weight wool socks almost all winter, and these passed my test of no-binding, no-bunching. The cuff goes up just high enough to wear with ankle boots, but not so high that it feels like wearing knee socks. My foot felt cozy, warm and supported. I love the colorful stripes; it makes them stand out in my drawer of mostly grey hiking socks. I predict these socks will become my new favorites.

Chere: I absolutely LOVE Fits socks! Normally I’m not a big fan of crew cut socks, these have won me over. Not only do they come with a comfy stretch that snuggles the feet, but their nice materiel blend makes them warm for these cold fall nights. They also come in fashionable colors that are pleasing to the eye as well. Two thumbs up!

Robin:  I like these socks.  A lot.  After running the Silver Falls Half marathon, my cold, wet feet needed something dry and comfy to recover in.  My toes are often painfully numb because of Raynaud’s Syndrome and my toes were particularly angry after my race because of some bruised toenails.  With this combo, socks can be too tight and create more pain with the sensation of crushing my toes.

984247_4707794390551_1874466249065050414_nThe socks I slipped on were comfortable and helped my cold feet warm up quickly.  The sock is designed with a “dynamic toe cup” that contoures to the shape of the wearer’s toes without squishing them.  The wool blend helped warm those cold feet right away.  The fun colors and stripes may have added a little pep to my step as well.  I tried the  “Ultra Light Casual National Park Crew” in the color scheme of “Yellowstone”.   A portion of the proceeds of the socks in the “National Parks” line will benefit the National Park Foundation.  I have yet to try a run in these socks, but I do recommend them for a post race sock to recover in, fall asleep in and then, maybe, wear all day the next day.

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