Swiftwick Vision Mid Calf Sock for Him: Taking care of the feet that get you to your fitness goals.
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Swiftwick is a growing company that furnishes a variety of fitness gear for running, cycling, triathlons, and walking, and even medical applications, all with cool, modern fashion and performance in mind. They have a solid reputation in the running, cycling, and triathlon communities for putting out quality products that look and perform great. They cover everything from socks to jerseys to cycling pants to…ok, its a lot, but for now, let’s focus on their socks, ok?
As you may know, Jake previously tested out some of Swiftwick’s products, and in so doing reminded us of the importance of Casual Runners to find the products that work for them and their individual preferences. This often means testing out different products, even if at first you may not think they are right for you. Given Swiftwick’s reputation in the running community, I wanted to give them a shot myself as Jake and I have very different tastes in gear, but I was not going to make it easy on them.
When it comes to running gear, including socks, I like a minimalist approach: thin, light, low on the heel. So what did I do? I tried out the Swifwick Vision Mid Calf sock, which is pretty much the exact opposite of my normal running sock. It is heavier and sturdier in its design and construction, and goes well above the ankle). So, needless to say, this product was likely going to fail big time when I tried it out…well, as Lee Corso likes to say…Not so fast my friend!
The Swiftwick Vision Mid Calf sock is noticeably heavier and stronger (due to its incorporated compression benefits) than the socks that I am used to. I also never ever wear high socks except with formal wear like a suit or tuxedo, so pretty much the exactly opposite activities from Casual Running! So, when I first opened the socks, I worried that I was going to hate them. Abiding by the adage of never trying anything new on a long run (and since I am in Goofy training most of my runs are long runs right now), I decided to first test these socks out and break them in by wearing them around the house and just as “going out” socks, before taking them out with me on a run.
This was a big mistake, huge. Why? These socks were so surprisingly comfortable that I found that I loved wearing them any time. I serious loved them. The Vision makes an awesome casual sock with both sneakers and a wide variety of other casual men’s shoes. Because of this, every time I tried to test them out on a run, I found that they were in the laundry bushel because, well, I had to break them in before running in them, right?
Maybe I was getting a little carried away, but the socks were super comfortable, and, to my surprise, I found that the compression design allowed them to mold to my foot, ankle, and lower calf in such a way that they were not at all noticeable when I was wearing them around, even for long hours at a time. I could tell that these were good socks, even for someone like me who is not accustomed to wearing high socks. This is high praise indeed. More on actually, you know running in them below.
Who? & Where?
Like we always say, you need to find the gear that works for you. I did not think that these would be the socks for me, but I was surprised at how comfortable they were and that they actually did work for me. They work equally great for running, cycling, and just for going out for an evening (the benefits of them looking as great as they feel – they look good with a pair of comfortable jeans).
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly?
There is nothing ugly about these, didn’t you just catch where I said that they have cool, modern styles and designs? They look and feel great.
So, since this IS Casual Runner, I figured I needed to actually run in these socks, and when I finally found a laundry cycle that allowed me to do so, they worked great. I honestly cannot tell you the last time I ran in a pair of socks that went above my ankle, but the fit of these socks was the perfect balance between form fitting and allowing my foot and ankle to breath so that I did not notice the socks at all. I took the socks out for several long training runs and did not notice any adverse rubbing or pressure from them…in fact, I did not notice them at all! That is probably the best thing that one can say about a great pair of running socks: if you can get up into the double digit miles and not notice them, then they are both well-built and doing their job well. And these socks certainly did their job very well.
Swiftwick promotes the Vision socks as being designed for both compression benefits and avoiding blisters, and I can see why they can make this claim. Again, the fit is everything with these socks as they succeed in wearing very comfortably in a variety of shoes and conditions.
The material is designed to be moisture wicking. During my numerous training runs, I did not notice any residual wetness on either foot. This tells me that the material performed as advertised, however, I must give a caveat to this I ran in cooler temperatures. As you may know, I sweat a LOT when I run. As such, at the end of my long summer runs and races everything, including my socks and shoes, tend to be soaked. Thus, I will be eager to see how these socks perform when I get to run with them in warm temperatures. Who am I kidding, as I sit here in the middle of an admittedly warm Ohio winter, I just flat out looking forward to being some place where I can run in warm temperatures!
As we always say, Casual Runners need to find the fitness gear that works best for them, and I am happy to say that the Swiftwick Vision Mid Calf socks work for me. I am glad that I expanded my comfort zone to give these socks a chance.
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Neither Mike nor Casual Runner received any compensation for this review. The product reviewed herein was provided by the manufacturer for purposes of this review and the opinions are solely those of the author.