Outdoor, Lifestyle, Ski/Snowboard, Hike, Run Socks: Part I
Technical features, task and weather specific-designs/padding/construction/heights/weights, and on trend fashion tones/patterns...an Outdoor Retailer performance wear theme---has always been true for the hosiery brands we've covered at this tradeshow- these past few years.
What is constantly evolving is the composition of foot coverings as advances in knitting machinery and textiles (and blends)--re-boot --in a way, what is available product-wise.
The socks are often the most colorful part of any ensemble...so much so, we ---and no doubt, like everyone, wear different socks for many occasions, not task specific per se- but for fit/feel.
AND-another trend- the lighter weight options for those going even faster...and wanting more foot feel.
Choices for the fshion minded abound---and literally, were hanging from the rafters!
|love the packaging-vintage flavor-nice graphics|
|so pretty we show it 3x---the Edelweiss Over -The-Calf, Padded Cushion Ski/Ride designed with outdoor apparel designer Poppy Gail. Fine Gauge 21.5 micron Merin Wool-finely knit|
|Fine gauge Merino wool, with padding to reduce shin bang annoyances- and a cushioned foot bottom, re-inforced heel+toe|
|Women's Light Cushion Lifestyle-also designed by Poppy Gail-now in a weight that'll better fit into dress shoes/boots imo...STILL with all comfort, fit and durability too.12 color waves- $21|
|Knee High Bouquets|
|Merino Wool/Nylon/Lycra® Spandex---no sees-crews-shorty-over the calfs-knee highs...|
|F5-new ski/ride-in two color waves $27 each|
FITS socks---that we reviewed last season...is delivering on the lifestyle socks inspired by the great outdoors-and our National Parks...
Lorpen - hails from a small town of Etxalar in the mountains of Navarra-is a sock brand that offers a slew of task specific socks-for outdoor, mountaineering, trail running, multi and wintersports, lifestyle, hunting---and now ABC (anatomically balanced compression) Compression calf sleeves-pictured below. $34.99
|ABC Sleeve with trail running light sock with Coolmax®|
Family owned Dahlgren is known for its Aplaca and merino wool combo (Aplaca Plus™) that provides sock-wise, excellent durability, hot spot free, machine washable socks---with from toe to heel----patented Wicking Channels™ and Wicking Rings™ that absorb moisture up and out through absorption zones (Dri-Stride™)...and then, from heel to top- leaving the sock via evaporation zone (Therma-Dri™).
|LuckySocks-cushion free with Dr-Stride® System, Therma-Dri™ in transfer zones...|
|SNO-with a cushioned shin for comfort in ski boots, cusioned heel to give gals a better heel fit, flat knit everywhere else for optimal fit|
|Metro-cushion free lifestyle w/ roll top|
|Light Hiking-crew with mesh ventilation panels in footstep to keep feet cool, cushion under foot, flat knit elsewhere, snug arch support to reduce fatigue|
|Ultra Light Trail -left, center-for women---cushion free, with mesh ventilation panels in footstep to keep feet cool, snug arch support|
|men's Ultra Light Trail-cushion free, with mesh ventilation panels in footstep to keep feet cool, snug arch support|