When searching for the best running socks I discovered a slightly cultish view on which pair to choose. I also found the price to be a bit high or so I first thought. I was shell-shocked to see $15 on the price tag for one pair of running socks. This was way above the $8 I spent on the six pack from Costco!
I had to research a bit to find out why the heck the were so expensive. What I found was that price was determined by a few options, including fabric, weight and pad. As you could imagine, the six pack of socks I usually buy needs to be replace fairly often if they’re put through any sort of rigorous athletics, especially the constant pounding of running.
The combination of sweat, friction and grime tends to breakdown discounted running socks fairly easily. Just like a pair of shoes, elite running socks need to be lightweight, durable and have resilient fabric to provide a nice cushion for all of the pounding your feet take daily.
I want you to go through your sock drawer right now and throw out any socks with holes or that are basically wasting away. Make room for a few of the following socks, which made it through a Runners World test from 20 ultrafit runners.
|Darn Tough||Vermont Run/Bike 1/4 Cushion||$15|
|DeFeet||Cloud 9 Regular Cuff||$10|
|Bridgedale||X-Hale Speed Diva and Demon||$16|
|Teko||EcoMerino Wool Ultra-Light Micro||$15|
|Nike||Elite Structure Running||$16|
|Feetures||Bamboo & Wool Ultra Light Cushion Quarter||$13|
|Drymax||1/4 Trail Running||$11.50|
|Injinji||Performance Series Mini-Crew||$12|
|Pearl Izumi||Silk-Lite and Ultra-Lite||$8|
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