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Review: Wright Sock for Running

Review: Wright Sock for Running

There are more varieties of the Wright Sock than I care to mention these days, so I’ll stick to the core product – the original WrightSock Anti-Blister Double Layer Running Lo-Quarter Sock. (Try saying that three times fast after five martinis.)

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The Wright Sock premise is that a double-layered sock, involving some fancy-schmancy materials, can help to prevent blisters. But does it deliver?

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The jazzily-named Wright Sock Ant-Blister Double-Layer Running Lo-Quarter Sock. It's still a sock.

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I have used Wright Socks since they were introduced to me at the Badwater Ultra in 2004. And I mean, the same Wright Socks. They’re a bit grimy and I’m finally buying some new ones, but three pairs have lasted a thousand miles – and I’m a heavy guy.

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These socks do exactly as they’re supposed to. They provide comfort for the bottom of your feet. They’re light, airy, and the cut is good for athletes who use low-backed shoes. I have had some shoes that protruded over the top of the sock at the back, which wasn’t too spiffy, but you can buy these in a quarter or crew cut if you prefer.

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The socks are extremely effective in the heat; I have no idea if they’re ‘wicking away moisture’ or simply staying dry, but there is nothing more unpleasant for heat running than moist socks and these definitely prevent that happening. After a 10-mile jog in 120 degree heat, they’re still almost totally dry to the touch.

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It’s hard to get overly excited about what are, essentially, socks – but these are Christmas presents that any long-distance athlete will thank you for.

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Overall Rating: 9/10 – an exceptional running product at a very reasonable price.

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Jon Rice

Jon is a highly-experienced runner who adopted the sport of heat running in 1996. He visits Death Valley every year to participate in his bizarre creation, The Darth Valley Challenge - a one-mile charge through the desert in the height of summer, dressed as Darth Vader.

To prepare for such silliness he takes extraordinary precautions. He trains year-round in the sauna, runs countless miles in extreme temperatures, and has crewed the Badwater Ultramarathon twice.

Jon's only request as you read this site is that you prepare carefully, tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back, and take more water than you think you'll need.

Visit The Darth Valley Challenge (www.darthvalley.com) for more information!
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One comment

  1. I purchased a couple of pairs of Wright double layer running socks last winter, and absolutely hated them! My feet slide all over my shoes, making it feel like I am running in snow even when on pavement. I decided they were only good for wearing around the house, but they make my feet stay cold. In the end, it was a very expensive dust rag.

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