Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Wrightsock it to me....SLR

I didn't think it would be polite to combine the Wooo Hooo Du prattle with a Wrightsock review, so I'll just include a quick post about the Wrightsock SLR seam free, cushioned sock.

The reason for deciding to try the SLR yesterday was because the sleeve containing the socks referenced "cushioned" and they were fairly light weight, I knew I was going to be wearing them for a long period of time and it was a hot day.

During the first 2.5K, the socks felt okay, but in all honesty, I wasn't as overjoyed with them as I was the Wrightsock SLT. They didn't have the same feel, which is okay, different sock, different style. Although deemed "cushioned", I didn't feel the cushioning under my metatarsal area which would prove to be a problem later on.

During the 10K bike, the socks moved in my shoe and tended to bunch a little under the toe area, but I figured that I just didn't have the shoes adjusted properly (we were not really focused on making sure everything "felt right" before we headed off), I'm not too sure about you, but I am a major fusspot about how my running shoes are tied and whether there is too much tension across the toe box.

When I dismounted from the bike, I considered removing my shoes or even adjusting the laces before the next run portion of the du, but I figured in a real competition I wouldn't want to have socks on that needed adjusting, (but seeing this WAS the first time trying this particular style, I went ahead without adjusting them and please note, I would never try new socks the day of a competition).

The last 2.5K, again in all honesty (sorry Pam), I did not feel any cushioning on the ball of my foot and my foot was just not that comfortable. When I got back from the run the sock had bunched up and I had to get my shoes off asap.

Now, this sock bunching situation could have possibly been caused by:

a) improper lace tension, with too much tension across the toe box,

b) not being as meticulous as I normally am when putting shoes and socks on before an event,

c) or they just are not my style of sock.

I certainly do not want to slag a product, so I will totally leave it up to you, the individual to try a pair and come to your own conclusion. The socks will certainly be tested again under different circumstances and I will certainly give them another review just to be fair.

Let me know what you think of them if you have tried them....

Life's fun if you don't weaken,



Wes said...

This is why they have different styles, so everybody can find one they like :-)

Marlene said...

I'm also fussy about my socks/shoes/laces. I have been known to adjust and re-adjust several times before a run.

Thanks for the honest review!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Great review, i'm forever getting blisters, so i've had quite a bit of luck with the double-layer Wright socks, but ya, the tension for my shoe laces need to be just right. :)

Chic Runner said...

I am going to have my post up next week! :) Good review and glad to know not everything works for everyone. aka gus kill me! :) ha ha

Shilingi-Moja said...

Sock styles are very individual. My experience with the free Wright socks showed me that size makes a huge difference. Wright sent me XL even though I told them I buy L -- the socks felt great except for being too big.

ShirleyPerly said...

Nice review. I'm a big Wrightsocks fan but have had a couple pairs crawl into my shoe when running which was not good. I think the problem was that they shrunk in the dryer (they were fine when I first got them). Now I've got a couple of medium (vs. small) pairs and they work fine.

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