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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Injinji Ultra Compression OTC Socks

You have probably heard of Injinji socks before. In the world of running and outdoors socks, they definitely stand out as they are the individually toed socks, allowing you the freedom to wiggle your toes all you want. I had the pleasure of recently testing out Injinji’s brand new Ultra Compression OTC Socks.

First, let me give you a little background on Injinji. Toe socks are their thing. They create some wonderful performance toe socks to accompany everything from outdoor events (running and hiking) to everyday socks. They come in a variety of different lengths (ankle-length and longer), construction (merino wool socks to compression), and all sorts of colors and styles (check out their holiday section to be impressed)!  I have personally ran and walked in Injinji  for many years now and even though this doesn’t rhyme, I say “Once you go toe socks you don’t go back” and even subscribe to Injinji’s hashtag – #ToeSocksOrNoSocks.

Before I switched to Injinji  exclusively, I used to get athletes foot, blisters, and even bleeding as a result of “standard socks”. Since I have switched, these have essentially all but disappeared. I am a true convert (though individual results may vary). Despite my high regard for the company, I am going to give an unbiased opinion on the Ultra Compression OTC Socks.

Women's version

Women’s version

I don’t want to sound like an ad, or even an advocate for the brand itself, but in my 100% honest opinion after giving them a good wear test I can’t say much negative about them. Here are some reasons why:

  • The first thing I liked about them upon initial wear was the multiple reflective stripes on the back of the ankle. Hence, these are great for running on the dark and being seen for safety. I may have a little concern about them cracking and fading away (especially with numerous washes), but time will tell.
  • These babies are pretty comfortable and very soft  for compression socks. The only thing is that because they are compression and toe socks they must fit right and are tough to get on but I think that’s all compression socks.
  • I broke one of my number one rules of racing – never try anything new on race day. Yet, I donned these for a recent 30k and came away happy. After this run, my calves had no soreness as opposed to my thighs, which felt the brunt of the miles.

Brand: Injinji ($49):

Specs:

  • Lightweight 200 needle count
  • Graduated Compression from ankle to shin
  • Seamless design
  • Breathable Mesh
  • Reflective Strips
  • Reinforced Heel
  • Total Foot Utilization
  • Moisture Management
  • Blister Prevention
  • Arch Support
  • Fiber Content:
    • 80% Nylon 20% Lycra
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