It’s been a while since we did a performance product review. Today we’re taking a look at Strideline socks.
“The most comfortable sock on earth.”
It’s a pretty bold statement, one that is not quantifiably measurable thus it is subjective. But it’s nice to know that the brand is confident.
However, I do love the socks and they’re my favorite socks to play in to date. Socks are one of those things that you don’t ever want to think about, but they’re moderately important. Some socks just don’t fit well so when I find the ones I like, then I’ll buy a bunch of them to make sure I don’t wear through them. The original Nike Elite socks had been my go-to socks for the last eight or nine years until I wore Strideline — they’re very comparable which is perfect since I hold the original Elite sock as one of the greatest of all-time.
The key features of Strideline socks include:
- Never Slip Grip
- Memory Yarns
- Anti-Microbial Wash
- Compression Padding
- Left/Right Specific
The never slip grip is real, surprisingly enough. Even my beloved Nike Elite socks won’t stay up, but the Strideline socks do and do so without cutting off circulation.
I’m unfamiliar with memory yarn so I can’t say whether or not that’s marketing mumbo jumbo or if the socks really do “remember” your feet. I mean, I wear the clearly labeled “L” and “R” on the appropriate left and right foot, but I assume they’d eventually shape themselves around my feet no matter if I wore them on the proper foot or not.
The anti-microbial feature is a nice one. As someone that does not do his laundry right away, your socks can get a little crusty and smelly — permanently. My Strideline’s are not crusty or musty which I love. I cannot say the same for my beloved Nike Elite socks, but I’ve kept them around for the past, nearly, decade because they’re one of the few socks that I don’t end up with blisters in.
Perforated air vents are sewn right into the sock as are targeted compression zones and cushion zones. Nothing too out of the ordinary as far as a modern day performance sock goes, but I will say that they offer all of this without being too thick. That might be the one thing the Strideline’s really do have a leg up on the Nike Elite socks is overall thickness. They’re the perfect amount of thick and thin. If you hoop regularly then you know that too thin and you’re asking for major blistering. Too thick and you may end up having the bottom of your sock on the top of your foot after your hoop session. These just fit comfortably and stay put the entire time.
For those curious about what Strideline is made of: 37 percent TC Cotton, 58 percent MicroPolyester, one percent Nylon, three percent Rubber and one percent Spandex.
Overall, I really do love the socks. I haven’t had a pair of socks I’ve enjoyed more since the original Nike Elite stuff. And I’ve tried them all.
If you wanted to try out Strideline then I recommend them. They come in lengths for everyone, so whether you prefer no-shows, mid-cut or crew length — there is something there for everybody. You can head over to Strideline.com to check them out — they have a money back guarantee, which is weird, but cool.