I don’t know about you, but I swear by running socks. When I first started running, I laughed at the thought of spending extra for “special” socks. But years later, I have changed my tune and personally feel that my feet are better off as a result of having some high-tech socks in my arsenal. We recently tried out a few varieties from a couple different companies – GORE and Swiftwick.
Matt: I have tried out a bunch of running socks during my time at Run Oregon, but GORE is new to my dresser. I tried out a few different lengths in their M series and M Light series. Here are some specs:
- Comfort mapping construction uses specific placement of fabric for ultimate comfort
- Toe and heal protection
- Achille’s tendon protection channel
- Mesh construction to aid cooling and moisture management
- Highly moisture wicking technology
- Grip band around midfoot to keep sock in place
- Designed for optimal comfort with less seams
The differences between the two styles (light & non-light) is pretty clear – it’s just a reference to the amount of padding of each. I didn’t feel too much difference when switching between the two, though I know some runners want the road feel and keep their socks and shoes as low-profile as possible. They have both held up quite well to numerous washings and are still up to the task with each run.
You can get these in black/grey (pictured), as well as white/black options.
Annette: Like Matt, I used to think there was no need for special running socks, but my feet thank me now when I wear socks like Swiftwick. The Swiftwick Aspire Zero stay in place – no bunching or twisting, they have a seamless toe, and they wick moisture away. All these features and those listed below make Swiftwick a great addition to your running sock drawer:
- Thin profile with light cushion
- Channeled upper improves breathability
- Lightweight Olefin fiber wicks moisture and dries quickly
- 55% Nylon / 40% Olefin / 5% Spandex
The Aspire Zero are no-show socks with a 200 needle construction. These blister-free socks fit well and were basically unnoticeable as I ran. This style comes in a variety of colors and patterns sure to keep your feet and your fashion sense happy. I have been pleased with the fit and feel of these socks for running. They have already become a part of my preferred pairs of running socks.
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