Of all the gear in the world to review, nothing — nothing, I tell you — is more difficult than socks. I mean really, how much can you say about socks? I hear tales of gear glory all the time, like, “That little cam held my 40-foot air-bike ride with only two lobes engaged,” but I can’t think of a single time socks were the obvious hero. I suppose there was one time when I forgot to bring coffee-making paraphernalia on a two week trip and ended up with a designated coffee sock for filtering grounds, but really, cowboy coffee would have sufficed.
Of course the opposite is also true. It turns out that, if you have nothing much to say about socks, it means they work as advertised. That doesn’t mean I have literally nothing to say, though. Far from it. In fact, I have brought to bear my full scientific thinking powers to bring a sock-reviewing method to the madness.
Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro Features
- 30% Olefin, 30% Acrylic, 20% Stretch Nylon, 15% Spandex
- Lightweight design
- Vitually seamless toe closure
Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro Review
Made primarily with runners in mind, the Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro is a light, stripped-down, no-frills sock.
Do I think about these socks when doing my thing?
I do actually think about them a little bit, and not just because I’m reviewing them. They have zero cushioning, and since I’m used to at least a little cushioning, I sort of notice it.
Are my feet uncomfortable in shoes that were previously comfortable?
A resounding “no.” Although as mentioned, I prefer more cushion in my socks. I may use these more as a base layer in cold weather, instead of a stand-alone sock for running or crag approaching.
Did the socks’ qualities change after a few wash cycles?
No change whatsoever! After roughly six washings, these socks look and feel the exact same as when they were brand new.
How long did the socks last under heavy use?
This is hard to answer, since it sort of depends on how many pairs of socks are in my rotation. For me, a non-backpacker-occasional-runner with something in the neighborhood of twelve pairs of socks I wear regularly, I had better damned well see at least a year out of my socks before the elastic weakens and I start to see my foot through them. Something in the neighborhood of two+ years is average. Three+ years is awesome. (If you only have five pairs of socks, adjust your perspective appropriately.)
Unfortunately, I haven’t had these socks long enough to say how well they held up over time. I’ll revisit this review every six months or so to update. Bookmark it now!
How do these socks look?
This is perhaps the least important attribute of a sock, but still, my Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pros are straight black, which doesn’t do much for a playa’s image, if you catch my drift. Who but a nerd or a suit wears black socks?! They also come in all white. You can’t see me, but I’m rolling my eyes right now.
The Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro is a no-frills basic performance sock. It wicks moisture like you’d expect from a sock with the word “Ironman” in its name, but it looks a little goofy in its plainness. Also, if you need cushion in your socks, check out a few other Wigwam models first.