I never thought I would be one of those guys who cared about what kind of socks I wore. As long as they were not white socks with slacks, I thought that was all that really mattered. When it mattered the most – going through BUD/S, all I wore were the Navy issued brands.
I did find a way to reduce blisters and hot spots when running in boots if you are wet and sandy all day long, however. With great success, I wore the uniform issued dress sock, a thin polyester / rayon blend (aka church socks that your grandfather wore), under my thick Navy wool dive sock.
So, are these “special” socks really worth the money? Are they really all that more comfortable than my tube socks from Wal-Mart?
Well, the short answer is yes. I started out this week testing the PROSOK made from a Hygro-weave bamboo. What the hell is that anyway and who makes a sock out of bamboo? My new favorite sock company that’s who – PROSOK.
After a five mile run in my normal running shoes, my feet felt fine. Nothing new here, my feet feel fine regardless of the socks I wear when in my running shoes. But, I did actually say out loud, “Man these socks are comfortable.” I have never said that about a pair of socks. I gave a pair to my 11 year old son to get his opinion and he agreed.
Now for the real test. I swam a mile (not with the socks) just to get my feet soft and then went for a ruck in my old school jungle boots I was issued in the early 90s. I don’t wear them often any more so a wet, soft foot 4 mile ruck should be a good test in the PROSOK. With a mix of running / walking fast, I had no hot spots after the ruck either. I ran through a creek just to make sure these socks were getting full benefit from the test. I barely had soft raisin like feet at the end of the ruck. My feet felt pretty dry actually. No blisters or hot spots formed either.
Finally, I had to dress up and wear my “funeral shoes” to an evening event at my kid’s school. This is where I usually see hot spots and cannot wait to get my dress shoes off and get home. Not this evening! Even in my leather soled dress shoes, these bamboo socks stood the test.
Some details of the PROSOK:
Marketed to extreme athletes with the following benefits:
Anti-odor, anti-microbial, cool in summer, warm in winter, moisture wicking, reduces hot spots, hypoallergenic, thermal regulating, and several others.
For more information on the design and other benefits of the PROSOK, see their site at www.prosok.com