My friend and fellow Team Inov-8 athlete Dwight Shuler and I decided to go out to Oregon for a 5 day, "boys" only trip this past week. We each brought with us some of the new Elitesoc 18 (socks) from Inov-8. These anatomically designed socks really held up to the test runs we put them through and we came away impressed and decisive in that this sock is our best one yet. These socks were extremely quick drying, breathable and with the right amount of Coolmax padding underneath our feet (18 grams or .63 oz).
Days 1-2, we were up at Mt. Hood on the Timberline Trail and PCT which had some pretty dry and loose footing with crazy views under clear skies. Lots of dust and sand hopping into our shoes on these trails (we should have brought the Debrisgaiter 32) but we stayed blister free and comfortable nonetheless. On days 3-4 we went to the PCT in WA near Hood River and then the beautiful Oregon coast line where we found wetter footing and more mud on the Oregon Trail. We pretty much covered about every type of trail terrain you can imagine, even some road running when I misjudged when I would get back to the hotel and had to high tail it down Mt.Hood Hwy. Again no blisters or hot spots on our 4-days of running.
Inov-8 also has another line of new socks called the Prosoc 22 which will be my go-to sock for cooler weather. These socks are a little thicker (22 grams or .77 oz) and are pretty cool looking. We do still carry the tried and true Mudsoc 20. Dwight and I both wore the Roclite 320's most of the time and the combination of these stable long distance performers and the Elitesoc18's were perfect. One thing to note, the Elitesoc18 is a little lower cut than the Prosoc 22 and Mudsoc 20 which has slightly more ankle coverage.
Trip summary: 4-days / 81 miles of epic trail running / 24k of climbing / 3 eco-systems / 5 brew pubs / burned 25k calories / consumed 30k calories...hmmm and hugged a Viking (long story).