Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running socks help prevent blisters during long distance trail runs. In addition, they're great for people who are generally prone to getting blisters, especially on trails because of the rough and uneven footing. The patented Blister Guard system incorporates friction free ePTFE (expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene) fibers in the sock's entire foot area.
Trail dirt inside a sock is a bad thing; it can rub the skin raw and cause blisters. To help prevent dirt & debris from getting inside Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running socks do not include any vents.
Drymax's 4 sock sizes fit because they were developed on special 3D shaped foot models. Each size sock includes a (S,M,L, or XL) color size mark for easy match-up after laundering.
Several features work together as an anti-blister system to actively prevent the formation of blisters. 1) Exceptional 3D fit, 2) 4 sock sizes, 3) Seamless insides, 4) An instep-hugging arch band, and 5) Because Drymax socks stay dry, the skin stays dry too; therefore blisters normally caused by sweat or sweat vapor are prevented.
The special fibers in Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running socks have a comfortable springiness and do not get stiff, shrink or lose shape over time and the colors never dull. They are designed to last a long time using the highest quality fibers, and abrasion resistant nylon fiber reinforcements throughout the socks.
Posted by Laura B on 27th Feb 2011
These bad boys were meant specifically for trail running. Other socks say they are for trail running, but really its only the color that is different. These have a few key components specific to trail running:
~Debris prevention~They intentionally left out the “vents” found in a lot of other socks to help prevent debris getting into the socks. There is also a special shoe seal around the ankle area to help keep debris from entering the top of the socks.
~Moisture control~Wetness is always a concern for trail runners. We splash through creeks on a regular basis, sometimes by choice sometimes by necessity. And can work up a serious case of swamp foot by the end of a long trail run. These socks are made with a “Dual Layer Moisture Elimination System” to help remove excess sweat, creek water, and pond scum. ~Extra protection~These socks are densely padded but not thickly padded. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but just keep reading. Think extra protection, without the bulk.
I wore the Lite Trail Running socks this past weekend and I was a very happy camper. I wore them around the house for a bit just to make sure they fit my foot well. They felt just like any other sock, I honestly didn’t expect to feel any difference between these socks and any other sock. But once I put my shoes on, I could tell an immediate difference. I could feel the “dense” padding. They felt fluffy and comforting. With a sock this “fluffy”, I would normally expect to feel like my foot was crammed into my shoes, but these socks don’t take up the extra room that a THICK padded sock does. Weird….it almost defies the laws of physics! I also worry a fair amount about the toe seams of socks. If a seam is too pronounced (or there at all in some socks) it gets bunched up around my toes creating a blister friendly environment. Happy to say, these flat seams do not intertwine with my toes at all…..no blistered toes. As for moisture control, I did not encounter any bodies of water during my run, but they do their job moving sweat. It was a warm day out, and my feet were toasty in them, but not overly toasty. I would have expected my feet to be dripping with sweat, but they were bone dry after my run. I do wonder how they will fare in the sweltering NC summers. These may be reserved for sub-70ish degree runs. But these will now be my go-to socks for cold runs. Also happy to report that the anti debris system does indeed keep the trail trash out of my shoes. Basically, these socks ROCK!