|Number of Pieces||1|
|Item Model Number||223370CHS|
|Product Dimensions||20.32 x 11.43 x 2.54 cm; 86.18 Grams|
Injinji 2.0 Outdoor Midweight Crew Nuwool Socks
- The original performance toe sock
- Allows for better sweat wicking
- No skin on skin friction to prevent blistering
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Performing since 1999, Injinji is a sock company dedicated to the health and performance of feet. We believe Injinji socks can truly benefit people in every athletic pursuit and make the journey of life a bit more comfortable for everyone. For us, starting from the ground up just makes sense since our feet play such a vital role in almost everything we do. For over ten years, Injinji has evolved from a startup sock company to a community of athletes from all sports and skill levels who believe in taking action and pushing personal physical boundaries. We run, train, compete, and live in a variety of footwear. This passion and feeling of community emanates in everything we do. We truly believe our customers continue to be involved with our brand through these collective experiences and our ability to produce the best quality performance toe socks to the market. Additionally, our mission is the continued pursuit of personal growth and betterment. We strive to be better as a company, improving how we conduct business, treat others, and give back to our communities.
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I tested these over the 94 miles of the West Highland Way, in warm/hot weather. Previously I had suffered blistering of the toes over similar distance recently and so my feet were now "hardened" and might not have suffered further blistering anyway. I didn't get any blistering, even though (for those who know the WHW) the track in places is tough going - an old military road for many miles, with very difficult foot placement and so quite traumatic to the feet. Each toe is therefore "protected" and cushioned by the socks, which is OK if you have a wide fitting boot. I used a particular wide fit from a well-known German maker and so I had no problems with the extra fabric reducing space in the toe-box area of the boot. I did some days of 22 miles over tough terrain and had little or no problems with the socks. I took great care to ensure the nails were well clipped and filed to prevent premature wearing of the socks. The fabric was pretty much as good as new at the end of the walk as it was at the beginning and my feet were in good shape. On the whole therefore, I think they do confer some advantage, but may not be for everyone - you have to consider the width of your foot to start with, the width and space in the toe-box of your boot, etc.
After completing this, a week later I did the Yorkshire 3P challenge of 24 miles and 3 tough peaks with "conventional" socks on a warm/hot day. Again, I had no blistering of the toes and was fairly comfortable. I guess you could say that the most important determinant of whether you are going to suffer the pain and problems of toes blistering is down to many factors, not just the socks. I DO think, however, these help and so perhaps if coming to hiking long distances for the first time, provided you have an understanding of your foot shape and get a good fit to your boots, then using these socks could just help you to have a less painful experience and I would recommend them. Once your feet have hardened and if your boots are right for you, I don't think it matters so much what socks you wear, within reason.
I like the high shin length - I have a pair of high ankle support boots and so these socks helped to protect my upper ankles/shins against rubbing. The material and quality is undoubtedly good and after (hand) washing them, they are pretty much as good as new and ready for another challenge.
The other bonus is that if you have 2 pairs, in the evening in camp after walking, you can put on your fresh pair and wear flip-flops to keep your feet warm, but get plenty of air to them (the socks also keep midges at bay).
I'm not a fan of taping before hiking, although some do. If a blister does form, making a nick through the epidermis to let the fluid out and then taping will still permit these socks to be used over the tape and may even help to support the dermis/epidermis junction from "sliding" and creating further problems.
Good socks, but not the magic answer. My advice would still be to gradually condition your feet to longer distances. If you go from zero to 25 miles in one go, you are going to get problems no matter what, unless you tape everything, but I do wonder about what that would do to the integrity of your epidermis after some miles due to inability to sweat-and-wick. Also, some people have problems with the adhesive of the tape.
I would recommend these early in your long-distance walking career, or to use again at first after a break. Have one or 2 pairs in your home kit. Otherwise use a good quality Merino-wool blend hiking sock that you know and like.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020