Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Socks Review – Blister Proof During 50 Mile Race
Dare I say blister proof? Or maybe my skin has just been hardened from years of trail running. In over 300 miles of running, I have not received one blister while wearing the Swiftwick Flite XT Trail socks.
Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Socks Review
These highly-technical socks are perfect for running, hiking, and even everyday wear. Their light Merino Wool, Grip dry technology, and Ankle support have made them my go-to for training and racing.
In the past four weeks, I have worn them for the entire nine hours of a 50 Mile Trail ultra-marathon, three days of training per week, and a 25k trail race. These runs ranged from mellow trails and roads to gnarly rock-covered single track with multiple creek crossings. The Flite XTs performed perfectly on all these varied terrains. They dry fast, stay in place, and are very comfortable.
Natural Merino Wool: this fabric feels light, soft, and very comfortable on your feet. It dries extremely fast and actively wicks moisture. This helps to prevent rubbing, chaffing, and blisters. This was a huge advantage in a recent 25k race with multiple creek crossings.
Anklelock Technology: This feature can be seen around the ankle area on the sock and feels tighter and stiffer than the rest of the sock. I have found it to provide extra ankle support while also being very comfortable.
GripDry Fiber: On the forefoot and heel area, there are sections of fabric that almost feel sticky. These Grip dry fibers do an amazing job of keeping your foot in place and help to avoid any slipping. This keeps your feet from moving around and helps to avoid hotspots and blisters.
Andrew is a trail runner, climber, paddler, snowboarder, marketer, and most importantly a dog dad. Andrew grew up in suburban Philadelphia and now lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
While he lives pretty far from the mountains, he puts a heavy focus on preparing for them and inspiring others to do the same. He first fell in love with the mountains on family trips to the White Mountains and the Adirondacks. He spent the majority of his early life competitively running and leisurely paddling, however after college he began focusing on learning to climb, snowboard, and backpack.
Over the past ten years since then, he has been fortunate enough to gain some amazing experiences exploring North America. Some of the most memorable thus far are alpine climbing in the Sierra, trail running in Alberta, learning to splitboard in NH, countless days hiking in the Catskills, or a plethora of mellow days paddling the Chesapeake Bay with friends.
When he can’t be in the mountains Andrew is often running or hiking with his favorite training partners, his two rescue dogs Calvin and Enzo. Andrew is also a self-proclaimed gear junkie and confessed that his gear loft is the most organized place in his home.