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The Wright Stuff

Several weeks ago, I won two new pairs of running socks in a Runners Lounge giveaway. I’ve been meaning to post a quick review of them, and Natalie’s post this afternoon reminded me to get on that!

Pam over at Wrightsock sent me two different types of socks – their Running II model and their CoolMesh model.

Running II – Medium Weight Double Layer – This sock is an update to our original Double Layer Running Socks. It offers the updated Dri-WRIGHT II fibers for better moisture management and durability along with a Stabilizer Zone to help lock the sock in place.

CoolMesh – Lightest Double Layer Sock – This sock is 30% thinner than the Running II, offers a mesh panel along the top of the foot for added breathability and is designed for all activities where lightweight is preferred.

It wasn’t until I got these in the mail that I realized that I have, in fact, been running in Wrightsocks for a couple of years now. Until then, I just knew them as my super thin double-layered blue socks from REI that I can’t run without. As I’ve delved deeper into this world of running, I’ve come to discover that my feet are pretty blister-prone, and I’ve tried several different socks in an attempt to alleviate the discomfort. After a fair bit of trial-and-error, I’ve found that these CoolMesh wrightsocks do the trick, usually paired with a liberal slathering of hydropel on runs lasting longer than 8-10 miles.

Brent hasn’t found them to be quite as comfortable – he favors thicker socks for a little bit more cushioning during longer events – but I’ve worn them for marathons, triathlons, adventure races, and even multi-day hiking and backpacking expeditions, and my only complaint is that the bottoms wear thin pretty quickly – though that’s probably only because I wear them almost daily.

The first pair that Pam sent me were the usual CoolMesh, though I didn’t realize it at first because they were (a) all white, and (b) a little bit thicker than the well-worn pairs in my drawer. The second pair was a noticeably thicker (and noticeably more stylish, too, with two fun black stripes across the toe), and at first I worried that they would cause irritation.

But I’ve worn each of them in varying conditions, and I have no blisters to speak of. I’ve worn them through soggy wet speed workouts, dry desert heat, on trails and roads, and even in a six-hour adventure race where I was up to my neck in water and switching back and forth between bike shoes and running shoes.

I think I’ll probably stick with the thinner ones for this time of year, but my feet often get cold wearing them in the cooler weather, so I’ll be making a trip to REI come fall to pick up a few pairs of the Running II model to add to my collection.

Thanks, Pam!


3 responses to “The Wright Stuff

  1. Denise May 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Just wanted to make sure I wished you luck for Sunday!! Boston here you come!!

  2. RunToFinish May 2, 2009 at 12:07 am

    seriously it wasn’t until this last year that i realized how important my socks were to a good run!!

  3. N.D. May 2, 2009 at 1:08 am

    yea, these things are great. love them

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