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Nov 26, 2012

Injinji Outdoor Series toesock Review

As many of you have probably read in my past reviews, I love running in the Injinji brand socks.  I've also shared that I can't believe I actually like to run in them since they feel funny when you first start wearing them.  I never thought I'd like them.  I was completely wrong!  These are some of the best pairs of socks I've ever worn and I'm so glad that I tried them out because I'm a customer for life.

I've been running in Injinji for the past season.  You can read my past review on their Performance series socks HERE.  My past review allowed me to try out their Performance style socks in both a lightweight and a mid-weight interface.

This time around I asked Injinji(via Scott at Outdoor PR) for a pair of their Outdoor series socks.  The key difference in the Performance and the Outdoor series is the material used to make them.  Both have the toe design, arch support, vector heel and dual welt band making them both equally comfortable - at least in my opinion.  Here's what he send:
Outdoor Series

The difference is in the materials to make the toesock.  The Outdoor series is made with 70% nüwool(Australian Merino Wool), 25% nylon and 5% lycra.  The Performance series is made with 70% CoolMax, 25% nylon and 5% Lycra.  Since I was looking for something that would provide more warmth, I figured the Outdoor series would be a great sock for testing in cooler/colder months.

I've been able to run in them the last several weeks and I continue to love everything that I love from their other socks.  They help keep blisters away, made with high quality in mind, they fit perfectly and they remain in place.  Now Injinji does not make any claims that their outdoor series is perfect with cold weather but given it's wool blend, it helps keep your feet warmer.

I will say that I probably need more protection than this sock for weather colder than 25-30 degrees.  I took a couple runs in the low 20's this season and my feet were pretty cold.  I'd say that these are perfect though for that cooler day from 30-45 degrees give or take 5 degrees.  They are also great for running on the trails or for hiking which is what Injinji geared these for so I'd say on the trail, the temps can be much higher since wool helps wick the moisture away.

I typically like wearing a mini crew length but actually preferred the crew length in colder times to help keep me warmer.  Although I'd probably opt for mini-crew if I were going to run the trails in warmer weather.
Crew length
Crew with Nüwool
Still the great Injinji fit
Actually, my favorite pair of socks I've ever run in are Injinji's mini-crew, lightweight socks in black.  These were socks I purchased shortly after I reviewed the first Injinji socks I started wearing.  I love that "barely there" feeling but unfortunately that barely there feeling is only great for the warmer seasons.  Do they take a bit longer to put on?  Sure but it's only seconds and not a big issue at all in order to give you the wonderful comfort of the socks.  Give them a try.  I think you will be surprised by the comfort of any of their socks.  If you go to their website now, they have a great sale going on but it ends today(November 26th) so hurry.

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  1. So here is a question? How do they handle the wet, I was running on the mountain this weekend (no surprise there) and it was cold and wet up there, and when you are running through water, shoes and socks get wet, I just don't know if i would want 'toe' socks on!!! Right or wrong?

    1. Wrong coach. Injinji are made for Ultra runners(and as you know many Ultra's are run in wet, mountainous conditions). I've run in them wet(soaking wet in fact) but not long enough(less than 10 miles) to have personal experience with them. Just go to their site and see some of the events they sponsor. Seeing them at 50-100 mile races is not uncommon. The only way to find out is run a cold, wet race and test them out for yourself.