December 10, 2010

Socks: the Worst Christmas Gift?


Socks are typically one of those Christmas gifts where you think someone is seriously lacking in imagination if they buy them for you. But not all socks are created equal and I think I will be finding this out more in the next few months of running as I test out all the various types of socks in the Drymax range. I had the chance to get some samples and as they fell out of the package that arrived in the mail yesterday I wanted to get them right on and test the Cold Weather Running ones out in the snow, just too bad I'm injured right now! So maybe instead I'll hit the stepper or the recumbent bike in the gym and try out a pair of Hot Weather Running socks or Running Lite Mesh socks...there are just so many different sorts tailored for every running environment possible I'll have to be doing lots of runs to try them all out.


I used to wear any old socks I found in my drawer but as I moved to one or two favourite pairs I realised that this meant not all socks are created equal. On moving to Banff I certainly learnt that you can't confortably run in the same socks all year round - minus 30 to plus 30 and even the feet feel the difference. I'm particularly looking forward to trying the Drymax Cold Weather socks after I got frost nip on my ankles when running the other week in snow (with the wrong socks on). I'll also be keen to try out the Maximum Protection Running socks which are specifically designed for us ultrarunners: I'd never thought of the importance of different socks for different lengths of run until I wore the Team GB kit issued socks at the Worlds. Initially I thought I wouldn't like them as they were to thick - but after 100km of tarmac pounding I was so glad of that extra cushioning to help protect my all important toes.


Anyway, if you are looking for Christmas gift ideas this year for that hard to please person....maybe some Drymax running socks will be the best gift they could receive! Click on their link on the right hand side of my blog to learn more...


Next blog post for you Christmas shoppers will be my favourite Montrail and Mountain Harwear pieces of 2010!


7 comments:

  1. Is this what an injured girl is doing on a Friday night?!? :) Oh yeah, the extra thick Drymax Socks serve as "fuzzy bunny slippers" for Chillaxin' at home as well!

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  2. Awesome post! I'm thinking for a best gift for christmas. Thanks for giving me an idea. I love to buy great types socks and some Mountain Hardwear items.

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  3. I'm a huge fan of Drymax and wouldn't wear anything else on my tootsies for racing; they're definitely the socks of all socks! I haven't seen any in Canadian shops so I buy mine on-line from Zombierunners.com
    Hope you're doing well - see you Weds?

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  4. I got that giant box from Drymax from a twitter contest and I absolutley love them. There are some black dress socks in there that I swear double as compression sox. The awesome thing about drymax, is you can wear them for a week of runs and they still won't stink.

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  5. hey Brenda - see you Wed for sure. Mark - I love dress socks/ compression socks - my Drym,ax socks are all such awesome colours I'm not sure I'll get away with them for office wear though :) Oh and Leslie, what else is an injured runner meant to do on a Friday night? (other than go out, dribnk, eat, be merry, blog post...!)

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  6. Hi Brenda
    Just found out that you can get some styles of Drymax socks at Running Room, or like you say on Zombie Runners and also online at zappos.com!

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  7. I don't believe that socks are the worst gift, eh. They can make any of us comfortable, so it's still a good gift for the people we love. As for me, I love socks especially running socks and compression socks that I usually use for running and travelling. I often buy them online at Legs Therapy. :)

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