I was lucky enough to recently be given a pair of the Injinji liner crew socks by The Ultramarathon Running Store to test. To be honest it’s a little tricky writing a review on a sock, so I took my time, getting a decent number of runs and races in wearing them before I drew any final conclusions.
Before we start, here are my initial observations:
- Nice thin sock, close fitting with great wicking properties
- Need to be careful pulling on as so thin but care is recommended to try and get rid of all the creases
- High chuff – low to mid calf – great with tights but not sure how well it will work with shorts – vanity I know
- Once on you don’t know you have them on and they fit like a “sock” glove!
I have been fortunate and have never suffered from serious blisters, although have had hot spots during ultra races. I have used these now for a number of months, both on my longer training runs (ten miles+) and in my recent ultra marathon and can report they are extremely comfortable and I have suffered no hotspots at all while wearing them.
In terms of specifications then Injinji list the feature and benefits of the socks as:
- 5 toe sleeve design encouraging natural toe splay
- Superior fiber construction wicks sweat to keep feet dry and comfortable
- Arch support and dual welt band holds sock in place
- Blister prevention
- True left/right anatomical secure fit
- Toe mobility which allows stronger, healthier feet
Injinji say that you can wear them on their own or as a liner sock, which is the option I prefer, typically wearing them under a pair of X-Socks or similar.
In the recent The Peddars Way Ultra I ended up with soaked feet for over 30 kilometres and suffered no ill effects. While I can’t necessarily put this down to the socks themselves, I can vouch for the fact they didn’t make it any worse and I am sure that their wicking ability helped move moisture away from my feet as they dried.
Overall I would highly recommend these socks if you are running long distances and have already purchased some additional pairs myself. They may look a little strange but they definitely add to your foot comfort.
Thanks once again to The Ultramarathon Running Store for supplying the initial pair of socks for review. If you’re looking for gear then I would highly recommend checking out their website and their extensive stock of superb ultra running kit.
Finally below is a video from Injinji themselves explaining the concept behind their socks. I’d also be interested to hear other peoples, good or bad with these. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.