Yup, me and socks… we have a love/hate relationship. Too thick and they make my feet sweat, not tight or supportive enough and they slip all around on my feet. I heart thin socks, but sometimes in the Winter, I do admit that I can endure trail running in a little thicker sock but when the weather is above 40 degrees and I’ve got a reasonable pair of trail running shoes, me and thin socks are a duo.
While I’m quite fond of the Lorpen Multisport socks, the light weight and function of the Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro socks is similar to the Lorpen’s to some extent. I’ve now used these socks both trail running and mountain biking and while the Lorpen’s are still my #1 choice, these are a comparable sock for less money.
The Ironman socks are thin, light and comfortable in trail runners or bike shoes. I really appreciated the moisture management capabilities and the thin feel. I like thin socks because it improves trail feel when running and keeps my tootsies cool. In the summer, I do all I can to avoid wearing socks, but if I must wear socks, they have to be ultrathin.
Another nice thing about these socks is the toe stitching is reversed so the bulky part of the seam is on the outside instead of causing chaffing on your foot–nice.
Not all is honky dory with the Wigwam Ironman Triathlete socks though. Yeah, they’re ultralight, but ultralight doesn’t have to mean unsupportive. When compared to the Lorpen Multisport, these socks completely lack any cross-support–they are a straight, no-nonsense thin sock. With feet as flat as mine, I can appreciate some support in the midfoot from a snug-fitting sock. These remain loose and really provide no support.
- Ultralight and breathable
- Stays stink-free even after multiple bike rides
- Perfect height for trail running or cycling
- Excellent pricepoint (REI has 2 pair for $15)
- Reverse stitched toebox
- No built-in support
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