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Wrightsock Winter Run Quarter Anti Blister Socks | Review

A double-layer pair of socks that we’ve found work great for both running and hiking

Wrightsock was founded by the Wrightenberry’s all the way back in 1948 and over the years have perhaps become best known for taking a double-layer approach to sock construction.

While the likes of Smartwool, Darn Tough and Bridgedale dominate the UK hiking and trail sock market, Wrightsock seems to be quietly getting a foothold. This is the first product that we’ve tested from them and we have to say we’ve been impressed.

The Wrightsock Winter Run Quarter Anti Blister sock, which retails at £16 in the UK, is designed for, you guessed it, winter running. We’d call it mid weight; it’s a winter sock but it’s not super thick. It does feel warm though and it possesses all the right qualities for a running sock.

OM editor Will using the socks while running in the Scottish Highlands. Photos: Dave Macfarlane

The two-layer construction involves a soft Polyester inner and a wool outer. This, we’ve found, is a good system. You can expect the Polyester inner to wick sweat, moving it from your skin, out of the sock and into the atmosphere. Meanwhile the wool also wicks sweat while providing insulation and helping to prevent odour build up too (wool is naturally anti-microbial).

Both the wool and the Polyester used are made from recycled materials. The plastic comes from two recycled bottles while the wool used here comes from post industrial scraps.

Wrightsock have used different weaves throughout the sock too, with padding at the toes and heel, breathable zones across the top of the foot and arch support as well. All seams are flat and strategically placed to prevent niggling.

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

I’ve found these really comfy to run in and to be honest I haven’t really noticed their performance which is actually probably a good thing. The quarter length ankle is a nice height for winter running as it gives enough protection and support to your ankles without being too heavy or restricting. I’ve also found that I can wear these for two or three runs without them starting to smell. Some people might find that a bit repulsive but I like to see it as doing my bit for the environment!

I like the double layer these have. I haven’t managed an ultra in them yet but I’d be interested to see how they fare as I have been known to get blisters on days where I’m running for over 20 or so miles. On the short to medium runs I’ve used them for I’ve certainly not felt any discomfort so I suspect they’d do the job.

Also, while these are made specifically for running, I’d say they’d actually serve as a pretty decent three-season hiking sock too. All the right materials are there and I like the padding, breathability and overall durability. It’s good that recycled materials are used as well, of course.

Wrightsock Winter Run Quarter

Selected for the Outdoor 100 Winter 23/24
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