I’ve gotten to test out a couple of SLS3 products over the last year or so, but since a lot of their gear is for triathletes, not everything is up my alley. When they asked me if I wanted to wear-test and review their neon running socks, though, I agreed. Who doesn’t need socks?
I’m picky about socks. For years I wore basic Under Armour technical socks that came in a big package from Academy. Reasonably-priced and comfortable, although they tended to wear out quickly. Then I got a pair of Swiftwick socks in a race swag bag and quickly became a convert. For the last year and a half, 99% of my runs happen in Swiftwick socks. So these SLS3s have some, ahem, big shoes to fill.
My feet are weird–I wear a size 7.5 shoe, but my toes reach nowhere near the end of the toe box. I need the larger size to accommodate my wide feet. So even though my shoe size is on the higher side of average (especially for my 5’2″ height) I generally wear a size small sock when given the option of sizing. And that’s what I ordered from SLS3.
They’re a soft technical material–nylon, polyester, and spandex–sort of a hybrid between the feel of my Swiftwicks and Under Armour. They have a tab or flap at the back of the ankle, I guess to keep them from slipping down into your shoe.
I first wore them for hill repeats in 95* heat. Before I started I had to tie my shoes a little tighter because the socks are a little thinner than the ones I usually wear, but after that I never noticed them at all. Which I suppose is as good a sign as any!
Since then I’ve worn them in some drizzly rain and in regular summer (AKA hot) temperatures. They are comfortable and don’t slip or slide around in my shoes. Definitely a viable option for me.
If you’d like to order your own, please go to amazon.com and enter the code DKJIJERK for a $5 discount on a three-pack!
Disclaimer: I received these socks for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.