If you’re looking for a new pair of socks to join you on your Spring adventures, Outdoor Fitness has tried and tested five pairs to help you in your decision making!
Hilly Marathon Fresh Socklet – £12
A firm favourite among many road/marathon runners, Hilly’s socklet felt snug and comfortable on first fit. Made with Polygiene technology for permanent odour control, this sock was easy to pull over foot, and felt comfortable straight away. It’s designed with a thin fabric that is well-ventilated but also very protective. There was no rubbing or pinching around toe box or heel on a six mile run, and it felt exactly the same when I ran a half marathon recently. Some socks make your feet sweat, but Hilly’s marathon range (see compression sock below) keep your feet cool and smooth as the miles pass. Good value for money.
Bridgedale Trekker Junior – £8.99
Kids can’t go wrong with Bridgedale socks. Made from Enduro Wool (the first spin of wool) which guarantees softness, quality and durability – not to mention warmth. Our tester said they felt soft and warm on first fit, and really snug and comfortable in all outdoor activities including running, climbing, walking and importantly, when spectating (watching his older brother play football!). Lengthwise they sit below the shin/above the ankle, so can be folded over or worn long. They were warm and flexible, encouraging natural movement and bloodflow. The Trekker comes with a 3yr guarantee, which indicates the quality of the product and confidence of the brand. Highly recommended for camping, trekking, coastal holidays – and all sports. Available in three colourways.
Hilly Marathon Fresh Compression Socks – £26
Also made with Polygiene for good hygeine/permanent odour control, this long compression sock will help your recovery post-training and during/post marathon. It’s designed with gradual cushioning in key pressure zones, so it feels snug and supportive, without feeling too restrictive – they held their own on a 13 mile trail run – they gave good support, were flexible (the fabric includes Lycra Sport®) and kept my legs/feet warm without overheating. There is a ventilation section on the top of the foot section and the toe box is smooth and seamless. Good for recovery and if you do wear socks in races, Hilly is a good option for London!
Balega Blister Resist – £16.99
This is the perfect marathon sock. It’s spongy, soft fabric provided cushioning, ventilation and comfort from the minute I wore them. Despite getting wet feet on several runs, my feet felt dry and blister free due to the blended fabric and design which is a mix of mohair and Drynamix (an air conditioning fabric system) which keeps your skin cool and dry. They slip on yet feel snug and secure once on, and also when taking them off – this makes them ideal for triathlon too if you want to wear socks on the bike and/or run. The heel tab holds the sock firm and because the heel is extra deep, it feels really comfortable and roomy, yet is secure and doesn’t bunch up during runs.
Balega Silver No Show – £15.99
Balega socks make you feel like you are putting on slippers! The Silver No Show is a high-performance sock designed with a compressive mid foot arch and antimicrobial silver layer weaved into the fabric. The compressed arch provides a roomy, natural feel, while being snug and secure – this feature means your feet are kept sweat-free, warm and given optimal blood circulation. You can really feel this when running and walking – your feet feel relaxed and responsive. I often get numb toes in one foot on longer runs – when wearing Balega, this doesn’t happen. The toe box is seamless and the deep heel pocket prevents the socks from slipping down or bunching up. Highly rated!