Before today’s official review, a cool sale offer to pass
along: GoLite is in the midst of a 12 Days of Savings campaign, featuring a
killer deal on at least one item each day.
I receive banner links to a new item each day, but since I’ve long since
stopped posting every day around here, I’m just including a direct link (on the photo below) to
their site so you can return back later and check out the savings for
And now we resume normal programming …
Even before embracing minimalism a few years ago, I was
familiar with Injinji socks . They were
something of a novelty among ultrarunners, although those who used them seemed
completely enamored with their ability to prevent blisters on or between your
Shortly thereafter, the whole minimalist thing exploded, and
Vibrams became the sexiest thing going – sometimes literally . And since most of us live in places where the
weather gets cold – yes, even here in California – Injinjis soon became the
cheese to Vibram’s macaroni, and surged in popularity along with the
Here’s the thing, though: I wasn’t exactly wild about
Injinji’s early offerings. They were
fairly comfortable and great at keeping grit from grinding against your bare
skin during a long trail run, but I wasn’t really impressed with their
insulating capacity or ability to dry quickly.
They also seemed to stretch out and lose their shape fairly
significantly after a handful of wash cycles.
So when I was offered a few pairs to try again this fall, I
made sure to ask the rep if something had changed from the pairs I tested from
a few years ago. It turns out, something
had – and the new Injinji Performance 2.0 series will be available in early
Injinji Performance 2.0 series socks
The new line has less of a cottony feel than the previous
versions, with improved CoolMax fabric that is more similar to technical
running socks in its wicking ability and moisture management. They use a variety of fabric combinations and weave
patterns to improve the fit, and they seem more compressive than the previous
line. I’ve washed mine several times,
and so far they are holding their shape quite nicely.
Injinji classifies the Performance 2.0 line according to
activity, such as Run, Trail, and Sport. They are further categorized by height
– from knee high all the way down to micro - and by fabric weight (lightweight,
original, and midweight). In other
words, there are a lot of options, which should make it easy to find a variety
My favorite of the new collection is a wool model from the
trail line. Although it isn’t as
comfortable as some other materials, I’ve gradually become a fan of wool socks
during wet or cold-weather outings, mainly because of its ability to maintain
insulation even when wet. Injinji’s wool
socks are thicker than its other fabric blends, but they are quite effective at
keeping your toes warm in shoes with highly breathable uppers. The only downside is that if your FiveFingers
are a snug fit, you may need to size up for winter running.
I suppose the bottom line is that if you liked Injinjis in
the past, you’ll like the Performance 2.0 line for sure – and if you (like me)
weren’t wild about Injinjis in the past, it may be time to give them a second
look. And following this post, a few
readers will get the chance to try Injinjis for themselves. The company is offering three winners a
running sampler pack including a road model, trail model, and wool Injinji
sock. There’s no criteria to enter – it’s
simply a luck of the draw thing of this one.
Leave a comment below to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday
Thanks very much to Injinji for sponsoring this giveaway,
and good luck to everybody!