Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Product Review: Wrightsocks

Like many kids I began seriously running in high school, and I didn’t quite understand the necessity of using proper running socks. I figured all socks were equal. My opinion soon changed as I ran more miles. My Costco cotton socks were just not made for running. I didn’t care much about that at the time because I was still just 14 and if I needed more socks, I relied on my parents to buy them. Once I got my own job, I had to buy all my running gear, and I realized that my meager income couldn’t keep buying cotton socks that got holes in them within a month, were uncomfortable, and gave me blisters. I was frustrated because socks seemed to be such a small thing. I wanted to focus on running, not on whether my socks fit. Unfortunately it wasn’t until my senior year, when I found a simple answer, Wrightsocks.

Wrightsocks were recommended from a friend who gave me a free pair to try out. I had seen them, and thought it would be nice to own a pair but thought technical socks were too expensive. Obviously, when the opportunity to get a free pair arose, I jumped on it. I haven’t been disappointed. Since then I have bought other pairs to supplement, but I still own that original pair of Wrightsocks. They don’t even have a single hole in them (with running 10-12 miles a day), I haven’t had a blister on my foot for over 5 years, and I have finally found that simple answer.

Here is what Wrightsock’s website says about their product:

In competition, your feet are subjected to extreme stress. As your body heats up, your feet get wet, hot and chafed. The combination of moisture, heat and friction often leads to painful blisters and discomfort that keeps you from performing at your peak. How can you eliminate this problem? WRIGHTSOCK Double Layer Socks are the answer!
WRIGHTSOCK Double Layer construction coupled with the most technically advanced fibers, delivers the blister protection that you need. They provide year round comfort and performance with a no blister- guarantee.

WRIGHTSOCK Double Layer delivers their no blister promise through a three-part system:
1. Moisture Management: The Dri-WRIGHT inner layer wicks moisture off the skin better than any other fabric. The Result... your feet stay dry.
2. Temperature Regulation: Staying dry means staying cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The Result... your feet are more comfortable.
3. Friction Reduction: Interaction between the inner and outer sock layers absorbs friction that is normally transferred to the skin. The Result... skin shear is eliminated.

Here are some more Facts:

1. Patented 3rd attachment keeps socks aligned.
2. The outer layer is construced of fibers specific to the activity.
3. The inner layer is always a smooth, undyed, hydrophobic surface against the foot. PATENTED!
4. Friction and shearing forces, created by rigorous activity, are absorbed by the interaction between the inner and outer layers of the sock instead of being passed on to the outer layers of the skin. The result is less blistering.
5. Color coded toe seams for easy size matching.

6. All Wrightsocks available at 26.2 Running Co. are priced at $9.50.

I recommend this product to any runner. Whether you get blisters or not, the Wrightsocks brand socks are the most durable sock in the industry, and it will truly help any runner not deal with the nagging foot irritation.

Michael Felix


  1. I love WrightSocks. I'm not saying they totally prevent blisters, but they do better than any other sock I've tried. As for getting holes, I'd never know. They turn brown from so much use before they ever get to the point of getting old enough to have holes.

  2. I really like these socks. I had a couple of pairs in high school and would always wear them on long runs because they wouldn't rub.

  3. I love these socks and so does my husband. They are thick enough but not TOO thick. Mine never wore out either... love them!

  4. I have never tried these socks but would love to! I have one pair of technical socks and they are a huge improvement over regular socks, however, they get washed a LOT, and I don't know that they provide the moisture management and temperature control that Wrightsocks are said to have.