Jeez.. you're probably thinking, have you got that little going on that you have to write a review on socks.. SOCKS!!?
Thing is, I think socks are an often overlooked part of any wannabe sportsmans kit list.
Without our feet being in good condition biking and running can be painful and even impossible.
I seem to suffer with blisters, especially at the front of the arch. In my quest to solve this problem I've thrown many a different pair onto various shop counters and handed over good money only to be left hobbling after a run or two. The list of discarded solutions is long and contains many of the 'swear bys' seen on internet running forums.
A couple of years back I was recommended a pair of Teko minicrews by a salesman whilst buying a new pair of trainers.. hesitant, I would have left them on the peg if he had not offered a discount, so assured was he they would be ideal.
Putting them on I noticed how they had been made to hug tightly around the arch (my problem area). The pressure was comforting and soon unnoticeable. Subsequent runs were done with no problem, even during hot weather and double figure mileage runs my feet remained comfortable and blister free.
My originals are now wafer thin on the heel but resolutely protect my feet; even during a soaking wet puddle filled six miler this morning my feet were fine.
I know have four pairs and wear them both during running and biking. I won't even consider looking for alternatives as long as they remain on the virtual shelves of internet shops.
Being Merino means they don't smell (brilliant for socks!) so several wears are possible between washes, something useful for training whilst away from home.
Sizing wise I use Mediums which although snug for my Size 9 (UK) feet and technically a size down from what I should be in feel comfortable and planted once on.
They typcially retail for about £9.00 excl. postage and to mind are well worth every penny !