Wednesday, March 30, 2011


A few weeks ago I picked up my first sponsor and was super stoked. Most of the ultrarunning world knows of Drymax as the company is both highly active in the community as well as highly used. After exchanging a few emails with Bob, I received a box of about 15 pairs of socks, all different kinds, to test out. To be honest, I had no idea they even made so many different styles, and it took me a while to even get through running in them all. For example, they've got 3 separate styles for trail running alone!

I'd previously run in the traditional trail running version and the hyper thin running, so I knew I was getting into a product that I could believe in. After going through all of the test samples, I found that all the socks I ran in were meritable on their own, but that I definitely had a two favorites: the Running Mesh Lite, and the Trail Running Lite. The styles allow you to pick a certain sock for a specific type of run if you're into that kind of thing, and they've got cold weather socks and hot weather socks and everything in between (literally). I wore the Trail Run Max Protection during Way Too Cool and despite running through water/mud for 31 miles with a terrible shoe selection, I walked away with no blisters or any other foot issues.

Perhaps you're like me and you are wary of people who are sponsored saying, "I wear this, you should too!" Don't take it from me, there is a reason a large portion of the ultrarunning world uses Drymax, and it's because they work, period. While they are going to cost you some money, they're cheaper than a lot of other performance sock brands like Smartwool. The multiple styles allow people to find what they prefer, but I'd say, if you don't take it from me, talk to someone who wears a pair who is not sponsored (they won't be hard to find).


Mallory said...

Very cool to have a sponsor! Rock on! I've heard good things about their socks. Perhaps I'll give them a try!

brownie said...

Long live the cheap-o Costco socks!

PatrickGarcia said...

JT, even your only ally in the gear world runs in Drymax!

Anonymous said...

Cool to have a sponsor. I love my Drymax 1/4 trails

brownie said...

I know, and it breaks my heart every time his foot touches the ground!

I actually own two pairs of Drymax socks (gimmees at Hardrock) and they work really good. And both pairs have been around for several years now, despite heavy use.

Jaime said...

Sock Pimp! I've actually never worn a pair of Drymax but do realize how popular they are among the trail running community.

Getting the wife a pair of running shoes this weekend. Now I'm tacking on a few pairs of these trail running lite socks to the purchase list.

Jim P. said...

fAfter reading this post, I suddenly have the urge to go out and by a drawer full of Drymax socks.

Unfortunately, I have so much Udo's oil, Hoka shoes, Highgear watches, McDavid compression wear, Fleet Feet singlets, Pearl Izumi everything, First Endurance EFS Liquid Shots and Pabst Blue Ribbon stored all over the house, I no longer have room for anything else.

Still, I'll add 'em to the list.

See you (and your socks) soon.

mtnrunner2 said...

Very cool. Congrats.

I'm a total sock gigolo, so I have to try them. Actually, they were already on my to-try list.

Joe said...

I am all about these on my 3.3 endurance runs!