Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do you think I'm SOCKSy? (giveaway!)

Socks.
I love them when they are good and hate them when they are bad.
I am very, very picky about my socks. Once I find a brand I like--that's it. HOOKED and loyal to the brand. But I would rather be sockless than wearing a pair of ill fitting socks. When I am not training, you will usually find me running around barefoot or in flip-flops.
Several weeks ago I stumbled upon SocksAddict.com on Facebook and I had to check out the site. Plus they were offering all Facebook fans a 10% off coupon and I just love a sale (right Jason?)

I be-bopped over to SocksAddict.com and the first thing I noticed was the ease in which to shop. There are categories by brand, by sport and there is even a sock finder where you can sort by gender, cut, fabric, activity etc. I spent quite a bit of time searching through all of the options available and I was very impressed with several things: the variety, the quality brands that were offered and the prices!

I love saving money when it comes to buying running and triathlon stuff-lots of times when I find a great deal online once you figure in the shipping and handling charges, it ends up not being such a good deal after all.
Not so with SocksAddict.com.
ALL ORDERS HAVE FREE SHIPPING.
Yes, FREE shipping.
There is no minimum order. There are no coupons to use. There aren't any hoops to jump through.
Simple: FREE SHIPPING.

I was also very pleased with the customer service-just like in a box store, a customer service agent will instant message you and ask if you need any assistance. If you just want to browse around the site, just say so-any questions? just ask away and they will ne happy to help!

So I "liked" SocksAddict.com on Facebook and Kevin e-mailed me a coupon for 10% off my first order (on top of their already great prices) and from there we arranged for a product review and giveaway HERE!

It took me SO LONG to decide which socks to try but finally, I decided to try out the CW-X Ventilator Compression Knee High Sock-I chose this sock because with warm weather approaching and lots of miles on my training plan, I wanted a compression sock that would soeed recovery AND be comfortable to wear while running and cycling.

That's a good lookin' pair of socks huh?

The CW-X Ventilator Compression Knee High Socks are the ideal running compression sock. Based on the Original CW-X Compression Knee Highs, the Ventilators are designed for the warm-weather athlete and offers added support, accelerated recovery and the cooling of mesh venting in key perspiration zones.



The patented built-in Kinesio Support Web supports the calf and arch of the foot, and stabilizes the ankle joint for reduced fatigue. Variable compression increases circulation in the feet and lower legs and reduces lactic acid buildup. You can recover faster after exercise and your legs and feet will feel fresher the next day.

Features:
** Anatomical Toe Design - Non-restricting toe box allows for increased functionality and movement.

** Compression and support - taping supporting the calf muscle and ankle, gradual compression aids in circulation and recovery.


** Arch support - taping stabilizes and supports the arch of the foot, reducing fatigue


** Mesh venting in key perspiration zones


** 4-way stretch fabric improves circulation.


** Moisture-wicking



Fabric Content:

60% Polyester

11% Cotton

10% Acrylic

10% Nylon

9% Polyurethane

Shipping was fast and when I got the socks, I could not wait to get out for a run in them!
Luckily for me, the socks have a nice little R and L on the foot so I know which foot was which-

The "R" told me it was for the RIGHT foot
I got them on without much fuss and they were quite comfy. I then grabbed my sneaks and was ready to head out the door. Once I got my shoes on, my heart sank.
The toe seam on this sock has a good sized "nub" of fabric on the outside of the foot next to the baby toe. It seemed no matter how much I tried to adjust the sock, I just could not get that nub into a place where it would not irritate my foot/toe. 

That nasty nub!!
I know from past experience that any kind of seam bump along that area of my foot spells
B-L-I-S-T-E-R
I was really bummed about this and took the socks off and went out in my run wearing my old stand by Balega's.
A couple days later I got out for a 10 mile run and immediately upon my return, I put on the CW-X socks and changed into my old trail shoes to do many hours of yard work. I then did 3+ hours of yard work and when I was done, my legs felt great! My old trail shoes have a much larger toe box than my Brooks Ravenna's so I did not suffer any kind of seam discomfort while doing yard work.


So why is compression important for muscle recovery?
While there is a limited amount of independent research conducted on the subject of these technologically advanced garments, studies have shown benefits include enhanced muscle stability, reduced muscle fatigue and soreness, and increased endurance; improved temperature regulation via moisture management and enhanced circulation; skin protection from UV rays; decreased risk of leg edema during travel; and increased removal of lactic acid.
~Running Times Magazine

I do know that I have certainly felt a huge difference in the amount of time it takes to recover after a hard workout wearing compression socks and sleeves. I will continue to use the CW-X socks as a recovery tool. It is my hope that after several washes, the little toe seam nub will soften or go away (???) and I will be able to run in them come warmer temps. I will even give them a go-for-a-run test in another new running shoe I am testing (shhhhh--details to come later) which also has a bit of a wider toe box.
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This winter I invested in a pair of wool Pearl iZUMi cycling socks; now I am not a fan of wool sweaters and could not imagine for the life of me WHY anyone would want to wear wool socks. But after doing a bit of research on the subject, I decided to give wool socks a try. I love my Pearl iZUMi cycling socks so when it came time to try out more socks from SocksAddict.com, I made the leap to not only try a new brand but to also try WOOL running and cycling socks!

There was a big sock review in the recent issue of Runner's World and they gave a big thumbs up to the SmartWool's Women's PhD Running Light Mini Crew Sock so this was my first choice.


The PhD: Running Sock

The PhD: Cycling sock

I thought since the RUNNING sock was  a good choice, I might as well try the cycling version of this sock. SocksAddict.com prices were $11.17 for the running sock (normal retail for this sock is $18.95) and $14.17 for the cycling sock (normal retail $19.95) so that was a great savings. Plus add in the free shipping and you have a great deal of savings.

I really liked both styles-it was a seamless toe and I find the breathability of wool socks is certainly something I will continue to try. I was very pleased with the SmartWool socks-not at all itchy like I thought they would be. The running version of the PhD was plush and I did not get any hot spots-I think some bigger miles are needed to truly determine if this is an "endurance" sock. But I love the colors and the fit!

Thanks to SocksAddict.com for this opportunity to try some new socks and to share the Sock Love with my readers!

Now it's time for YOU to get a chance to try out the CW-X Ventilator Compression sock I reviewed today!


How do you WIN your own pair?
Easy...as usual, you must be a follower of Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood to enter. If you are not already a follower, just click the pretty little follow button on your right or follow me in Google Reader. Now--PLEASE leave ONE comment for EACH entry!

1-MANDATORY: Visit SocksAddict.com and take a look around. Tell me which sock you would try out first!

2-While at SocksAddict.com, sign up for their newsletter (on the left hand side of the screen). Not only will you get an extra entry to this contest, you will save 10% on your first order!

3-Place an order from SocksAddict.com and get 5 extra entries!!

4-Like SocksAddict.com on Facebook and tell them Jen from Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood sent you!

5-Follow SocksAddict on Twitter and send out THIS tweet: @SocksAddict CW-X #giveaway with @milesmusclesmom get your SOCKS ON! http://bit.ly/lkBEvz

6-Got a sock horror story to share? Tell me about it!!

That is 6 ways to earn an entry into this fabulous contest!!
I am going to accept entries until May 5th at midnight and a winner will be selected at random in one of the usually ways.

Disclaimer: the views expressed in this review are mine and those of my picky little feet; I was not asked to give a positive review in exchange for products from SocksAppeal.com

96 comments:

Kovas said...

I think wool for training apparel is great, so I'd try the running or cycling socks.

misszippy said...

You keep having great giveaways...sadly for me, this one and the last are things I have too much of, so I'm not entering. But I'll put a plug in on my blog!

Jason said...

I am digging these: http://www.socksappeal.com/1252-Wrightsock-Coolmesh-No-Show-Tab-Socks.aspx

Jason said...

Signed up for the Newsletter....and I have to ask Ashley my online personal asst at socksappeal if they have any in red.

Jason said...

Like them on Facebook.

Jason said...

Following on Twitter.

Jason said...

No sock horror stories from me, but I love your shopping acumen. It totally helps me.

Penny said...

I decided to wear no show socks instead of my orginal to the ankle socks. I got a great big blister it was not pretty and hurt for days.

Melinda said...

i would want to try the cep womens running o2 compression socks...in pink, natch. ;)

Melinda said...

im all signed up for their newsletter!

Melinda said...

i like them on facebook.

Melinda said...

i tweeted too! (im @melhatesrunning)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I'm an deep into streaking so compression is now my first name. I'd love to try Zensh but have found CEP to be my current fav.

I do have several pair of wool socks which have worked great for colder weather trail runs when water was an issue.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I follow your blog, your DM and your FB (after you finally accept my request ;-) yeah, I stalk like that.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I told Sock Appeal hello on FB for you.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

A horror story of the sock variety? Never told anyone this and it's more of a lack of sock story. Last year when I was pushing the jogger on every run with LBM I usually felt like I had packed and was pushing everything but the kitchen sink in that stroller. However, the one time I didn't take a little towel or baby wipes was the time LBM decided to have a diaper blowout. I could smell it from behind the stroller. My routes usually don't accomadated cutting short since my routes are loops so once you are so far out you just have to finish. Fast forward and LBM is in the laid back stroller bottom and legs covered with poop, only one spare diaper. I had to get his bottom as clean as I could since he was struggle with rash already. Let just say a few squirts of water from my bottle and two distroyed socks later he was pretty clean. The heels of my shoes were pretty blood covered till I got home.
Yeah, mom of the year right here!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Signing up for Sock Appeals newsletter.

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow you my dear :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Visited the website & I would love to try the CEP Women's All Sports Compression Sleeves!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I signed up for their newsletter!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I liked socks appeal on fb & let them know that you sent me over !

ann said...

I've got my eyes on lime green CEP socks!

ann said...

I signed up for the newsletter

ann said...

I liked them on FB

sokkamum said...

Already a follower

sokkamum said...

I'd like to try the green or pink CEP O2 Compression socks.

sokkamum said...

Signed up for newsletter.

Caroline said...

I follow your blog

Caroline said...

Zensah Recovery Compression Knee High Socks black

Caroline said...

I like them on FACEBOOK

Caroline said...

I follow them on twitter

Caroline said...

I tweeted the message @carotabi

Stephanie Anne said...

I have been dying to try iniji socks out!

Stephanie Anne said...

I follow your blog

Runnergirl said...

I've visited their website and would love to try the CEP Women's Running O2 Compression Socks!

Runnergirl said...

I liked Socksappeal on Facebook and told them you sent me!

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

I was really intrigued by the winter sports socks. The other socks I've used for skiing and mountaineering have been so bulky.

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Signed up for the newsletter :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Liked them on FB and commented :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Followed them on twitter and tweeted :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

And no sock horror stories, but I do think your socksy! :)

Elisabeth said...

i would try CEP Women's Running O2 Compression Socks. =)

Elisabeth said...

i signed up for the newsletter! :)

Elisabeth said...

i liked the facebook page and let them know that you sent me over =)

Elisabeth said...

i tweeted the giveaway and follow Socks Appeal on twitter =)

ozone3 said...

Would love to try the CEP Women's Running O2 Compression Socks (in pink of course).

ozone3 said...

Signed up for the newsletter.

ozone3 said...

Like SocksAppeal on FB & commented.

ozone3 said...

No horror stories except lots of black toenails.

Ben said...

I already follow you

Ben said...

I liked them on facebook and commented

Ben said...

I followed them on twitter and tweeted the tweet

Ben said...

I signed up for their newsletter

Ben said...

My horror story is a simple one: I forgot my socks for my second triathlon. I wore water shoes to the race so I could have my tennis shoes waiting for me at the bike transition but forgot to pack socks. So the last two thirds of the race i had wet feet in dry shoes. talk about ouch.

Sarah AJ said...

I'd love the try the green CEP O2 compression socks.

Sarah AJ said...

Signed up for the newsletter.

Sarah AJ said...

Liked their FB page and told them you sent me! :)

Sarah AJ said...

Tweeted and am following on Twitter.

Sarah AJ said...

I don't have any sock horror stories of my own since I switched to wool-only for runs, but my 5 y/o is next to me on the couch with his stinky socks much, much too close to my face (and nose!). Does that count?!

Colleen said...

I'm a follower...

Colleen said...

They have the Green CEP Women's Running O2 Compression Socks!!! Eeek... But I also love the Dahlgren Women's Sno Knee High Socks. So many choices!!!!

Jamie said...

I'd buy the SmartWool PhD Running Light Micro Socks b'c I love every smartwool sock that I already own.

Jamie said...

Became a fan and posted on their wall.

Jamie said...

Not an epic horror story, but I got a nasty bloody toe during my first 70.3. It hurt like a motha.

The end of the sock was all stained. I kept it, and it has become my favorite sock to race in because it reminds me that there is always another level of hurt that I can go to on my way to a speedy finish.

Ellen Holley said...

If I could pick a pair I'd pick...
Wigwam IronMan Flash Pro Low Socks (F6026)

Ellen Holley said...

Newsletter entry.... check :-)

Ellen Holley said...

facebook entry... check :-)

Ellen Holley said...

Twitter entry .... check :-)

Ellen Holley said...

Sock story entry....
Can we say "Blister"?? I was hiking in TN when my socks rubbed a blister on the outside of my left foot. It if weren't for my husband and his duct tape I think my foot would have been bleeding through my shoe. (Does anyone else have a husband who fixes everything, including blisters with duct tape?)

Lucy said...

Actually I would love to try the CW-X ventilator socks.

Lucy said...

I signed up for the newsletter

Lucy said...

Follow on twitter an tweeted it

Lucy said...

Not a sock horror story per say but I am particular about the socks I wear on race day because of my horrible experience on my first race. I wore white experia socks, and I loved the socks, but after that race I said I would never wear them for a race ever again. So to this day, I have yet to wear white socks for any race. I am even hesitant to put them on for a training run.

Shannon said...

i'm a follower :)

Shannon said...

i'd totally stock up on some smartwool! those are all i use when running and biking, but i go for the micro :)

Chris said...

I think I would try CEP Women's Running O2 Compression Socks

Chris said...

I signed up for their newsletter

Chris said...

I already follow them on facebook and I left them a comment

Chris said...

I get blisters on a couple of my toes when I run long and I saw a review of the ininji toe socks as being great for preventing blisters...while I liked the socks in general...they made my blisters worse.

runninglawyer said...

I'm a new follower!

runninglawyer said...

I signed up for their newsletter

runninglawyer said...

I liked Socksappeal on FB

runninglawyer said...

I tweeted!

runninglawyer said...

The first thing I would try is a pair of compression socks - have yet to try them, but I'm just DYING to!

runninglawyer said...

worst sock story is more related to my toes... didn't realize my nails had gotten too long, went out for a long run and came back with a bloody sock and shoe..... :(

MarcS said...

I am following your blog

MarcS said...

I would get a pair of the CWX Compression sleeves

StaceyL said...

I would like to try the cycling SmartWool Women's PhD Cycling Light Mini Socks

StaceyL said...

Signed up for the newsletter!

StaceyL said...

Liked socksappeal on facebook and posted on their wall that you sent me!

StaceyL said...

I tweeted!

StaceyL said...

Not so much a horror story for me but for my kids....too lazy to do their own laundry so they wear their shoes without socks yearround...you dont want to be in the same house when those shoes come off! Love to see no socks in the dead of winter too!

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I would get the Zensah calf sleeves, because I could use them with my toe socks.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I signed up for the newsletter.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I like them on FB and left a message that you sent me.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

Not too bad of a horror story, but on my first ever 10 mile run I developed some nasty blisters on toes. Haven't had that problem since switching to Injinji toe socks. Love them!