Thursday, January 12, 2012

Drymax Running Socks Review

I was super psyched to start my return to running program with brand new Drymax socks. What makes Drymax socks so great? Among many great comfort and technical features, the one that stands out is Drymax's moisture removal system.  Drymax keep feet 25 times drier than wicking socks by mechanically moving moisture away from the foot. Drymax socks are worn by leading ultrarunners, professional and collegiate athletes to compete and win in the toughest conditions on the planet.

Why is it so important to keep feet dry? For a runner, moisture is foot's worst enemy. Moisture causes blisters and fuels the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and fungal conditions of the skin (Athlete's Foot), and toe nails. In cold/freezing weather, moisture pulls heat away from skin 23 times faster than air, lowering skin temperature so rapidly that wet feet become painfully cold and are much more susceptible to frostbite. So sock drying time is very important.  Drymax running socks need NO drying time; they dry at the speed of sweat.  How you ask?  Drymax socks utilize two different fiber technologies interwoven to form inner and outer layers.  The Drymax Dual Layer System is not a double layer sock -two separated socks knit together. The hydrophobic, or moisture hating nonwicking Drymax fibers are knit on the inside and moisture attracting fibers on the outside.  Your feet will still sweat in Drymax socks, they don't have antiperspirant properties.

Another great feature of Drymax Socks is the antimicrobial additive, MicroZap®. MicroZap® is a silver based zirconium phosphate ceramic ion-exchange resin. MicroZap is not a topical treatment; it is molecularly infused into the Drymax fibers as they are being extruded in the molten stage. This special process makes MicroZap non-migratory and non-toxic, producing permanent long-term odor control.

Drymax socks do not claim to provide arch support, shock absorption or a 100% no blister guarantee.  Although Drymax socks have an arch band to hold the sock in place, adding stretch fibers in the area does not provide enough support to call it "arch support."  In addition, Drymax does not claim that their socks provide shock absorption - that's what insoles and shoes do.  They do, however provide super comfy cushioning.  Finally, Drymax does not claim to prevent 100% of blisters.  Socks are not the only cause of blisters.  Blisters caused by socks usually develop because the socks do not fit right, have an irritating seam or they become wet. Because the Dual Layer Sweat Removal System with the Drymax fiber keeps the skin of the feet dry, blisters caused by moisture are eliminated.

Care should be taken when laundering - no fabric softener or chlorine bleach.  Fabric softeners leave a residual coating on fibers and fabrics, preventing them from performing as designed. To remove fabric softeners, simply launder with detergent and rinse.  Never use chlorine bleach with Drymax or other socks or articles of clothing that contain Lycra® or Spandex (stretch fibers). Chlorine bleach will attack the stretch fibers, causing them to lose their elasticity. The use of chlorine bleach will also render Silver or Copper antimicrobials useless.  Use non-chlorine bleach, or a detergent with a bleach alternative. In addition skin lubricants or powders should not be used with Drymax socks.  Finally... do not iron (who irons their socks???).

Drymax socks are designed with 5 different levels of protective padding. The protective padding comes in four densities and by making the protective padding dense as opposed to thick, it is designed not to affect the fit of the shoes.   In all I tried four different pairs:  Hyper Thin Running, Running Lite Mesh, Running and Cold Weather Red Crew.  I wore these for running, walking, cycling and hiking with the family.  They provide a great fit (with choices of S-XXL), comfortable cushioning and superior moisture control.   Socks contain color size mark for easy match-up after laundering (which Kovas pointed out).  For a male's perspective, head over to Midwest Multisport Life to see what Kovas has to say...  

Love the vibrant red of the Cold Weather Red Crew:)

Drymax has STAY DRY and COMFORTABLE GUARANTEE.  Drymax socks will keep your feet drier and more comfortable than any other sock. If you do not agree, return the Drymax socks (with your sales receipt or a copy) for a full refund.  Proudly made in the USA.

For more info and tips (like how and when to trim toenails) check out the Drymax websiteFacebook page, and follow them on Twitter.


You can only go as far as your feet will take you.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Drymax Sports. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website and product packaging, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. I'm definitely ready to give these a try (after paying $14 a pop for specialized Nike socks that don't hold up well in the wash at all). I had searched for them before unsuccessfully, but now I see that Running Warehouse does carry them so I'll be ordering some to train and get through my upcoming adventures - 3 half marathons, duathlon and 200 mile relay!

  2. Totally jealous of your red socks and missed the toenail trimming tips on their site, will have to check it out.


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