Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WRIGHTSOCK Round 2 - Double Layer

Last week I tested out the remaining 3 double-layer pairs of WRIGHTSOCKs for the WRIGHTSOCK challenge hosted by Runners Lounge. First observation of the double-layer options were that these 3 ran a little larger than the single layer WRIGHTSOCKs. I'm between sizes so my suggestion would be to go down to the lower size if purchasing the double-layer options.

The double-layer options to test:

Running II: A mid weight double layer sock with a snugger fit through the arch. I chose these for a 5 mile recovery run in where it started pouring as soon as I headed out. These bad boys held up like champs. Nice mid range cushioning from start to finish, hugged mid-foot (which I love!), I didn't notice any heaviness/sogginess during the downpour, and no blisters! Maybe it was too short of run to make any final assessments but I was quite happy and will be wearing these again.

Cushioned DLX: The cushioned double-layer are heavier than all the other socks in this packet and seemed to run larger than the other pairs. I chose this pair for a mid-morning 12 mile run; a run that ended up being warmer than expected. My feet were warm but not overly so and these socks were very comfortable. I started to notice some aggravation of the blistered toe calluses towards the last 1/3 of the run but I think it was because I was focusing more on the overall feel from start to finish. I think these will be a nice

Coolmesh: According to the description these are the lightest, most breathable double layer. Light and cool they were but they also were the hardest on my feet. I had worn a pair of these in my last marathon and they ripped my feet into blister city. I was willing to give them another chance as maybe I had worn the wrong size or it was my shoes... something. Well I gave them a shot on a 9 mile tempo run. Yes, they were light but I felt the blistered calluses on both toes start to flare. By the time I was home and stretching the blisters were in full force. After many chances I'll be keeping these socks for the gym and short, short runs only.

Next up final observations after trying all the pairs again!

7 comments:

Mark said...

Good review. I've always wanted to try these socks.

kristen said...

Good to know - stay away from the coolmesh. thnaks.

Marlene said...

I'm a big fan of double layers. Thanks for the reviews!

Jeri said...

Thanks for the reviews of the socks! I just started getting some blisters so I'm definitely on the prowl for some new ones that work. Good to learn from your first hand experience.

Jocelyn said...

I have these socks. Sadly, because I run on my toes they didn't really make a difference for me. Still get blisters :(

MCM Mama said...

Interesting. I like the coolmesh with my Mizunos because they are so thin. Otherwise I end up with a bruised toenail.

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