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Product Review: Thorlos Experia Socks

Posted Oct 07 2013 2:37pm

experia The good folks at Thorlos  sent along a pair of their Experia Crew multi-activity socks for me to try out and tell you about. I’m happy to do so because I’ve been running in Thorlos for 10 years.

Of course, I’m using Thorlos standard thick cushion running socks and I love them. The more pillowy my socks feel, the better I like them. But apparently there are quite a few runners who avoid Thorlos because they are too thick. So the company designed the Experia line, which limits the standard Thorlo padding to the heel and the ball of the foot, while using a blend of polyester, nylon and Lycra for the rest of the sock, to give you that thin, glove-like fit.

As this Thorlos video explains , the fat pads on the bottom of your feet thin out as you age. It’s the only fat on your body you never get back! So the Experia cushions those crucial areas while giving you a minimal feel elsewhere.

My review pair came in black and jet orange, making them perfect for Halloween. I normally wear a low-rise sock, so the crew style felt a little unusual at first, but the fit was perfect and the socks did feel thinner than my usual ones.

I ran a hard five miles in them at my best pace in more than a year, and while I don’t attribute my performance to the socks, I never once was aware of any difference in how my feet felt. I can be a pretty bad heel-striker, but after a few runs I could discern no unusual wear on the socks.

As with all Thorlos, care is simple. Turn them inside out and wash them with your other running gear, and dry them on medium setting. If you’re traveling, they dry fairly quickly on their own. They will retain their cushioning and fit for a long time. My first pairs of Thorlos lasted for 8 years. They could have gone longer, and I still use the old pairs to polish the furniture.

Considering all the time and energy we expend on finding just the right pair of running shoes, it only makes sense to spare some thought on the apparel closest to your foot. The Thorlos Experia provides a nice blend of cushioning and lightweight fit. I expect they’ll have the durability of other Thorlos socks, so you’ll get good value for your money. Highly recommended.

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