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Socks are something that you shouldn’t have to think much about when you are wearing them. They should only enhance (protect, comfort, support) not detract from the enjoyment/performance of the activity they are being used in.
I’ll review these socks under three criteria: comfort, durability, and performance.
About the Flite XT Five:
The Swiftwick Flite XT socks are specifically designed for cross-training. Swiftwick claims that they are “the most technologically advanced cross-training sock ever developed. The socks feature designs and technologies for activities where the foot experiences frequent lateral movement.
- GripDry Fiber prevents slipping inside your shoe
- AnkleLock Technology provides targeted ankle support
- Flex Channels improve range of motion and moisture control
- Medium Cushion and Moderate Compression
- 66% Nylon / 17% Polyester / 14% Olefin / 3% Spandex
Initial fit and comfort for the socks when I first tried them on was outstanding.The sock has good compression which feels uniformly comfortable in the forefoot, midfoot, heel, and ankle. I have flat feet, and often times specialty socks, compress my collapsed arch too much and cause my feet to cramp. I don’t get the sense that will happen with these socks, but I will make sure to note it in my next update.
I wear a 10.5 shoe and so I went with the Large according Swiftwick’s sizing chart. The Large fits my foot well and the Grip Dry ankle cup doesn’t ride too low or pull too high up.
I am currently in the early training stages for a 50k trail race in September. While these socks were designed for cross-training, I plan on wearing them during my runs. I also plan on wearing the socks while doing Crossfit workouts as well as hiking and backpacking.
Check back in about a month when I report back with my initial update on the Swiftwick Flite XT Five socks.
Thanks to 4AllOutdoors and Swiftwick for the chance to review these socks!