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Sole F85 Treadmill – Overall First Impressions

Before we jump right into the technical specifications of the Sole F85, I have to tell you about something that may be even more important than the size of the deck or the power of the motor.  What is it?  It’s my overall first impressions about how the machine looks, feels, acts, functions and if all those elements make it worth the effort to get it to where you need it and to pay the hefty price tag!! 
After all, I’ve owned at least 4 treadmills in my adult life and now I review fitness equipment for a living, so why would I choose a Sole treadmill over the many other options available at any good quality fitness store or online?
Well, I did my research online and narrowed my options to about 3 good quality machines that I knew were on the upper limit of my budget.  Then did some price shopping to determine which machine would be the winner, and yes, you guessed it, the Sole F85 came out on top!  Why?  Let’s get into it!
An Impossible Journey!
I’ll touch on all the awesome features in a second, but my story is much more interesting than boring specs!  When I arrived at the fitness store in St. Catharines, Ontario on a rainy Monday morning in the middle of the COVID-19 Worldwide economic shut down, little did I know that in less than 24 hours, all stores in Ontario, Canada would have to close for business unless deemed “essential” and apparently (if you can believe it!!) fitness stores didn’t make the cut. 
As I backed my 2007 Chevy Avalanche to the bay doors to have them load my treadmill, I was discouraged to see that 2 strong and very fit 20-something fitness fanatics struggled to move the box which was WAY too long to fit in my 8-cylinder truck box without sticking out past the back end.  
Luckily, I had some straps in the truck and was able to secure the box after watching them exert what appeared to be ALL their energy (in perfect unison) to push and heave the box onto my truck.  I kept my “social distance” at about 8 feet at least (though they did not keep any distance at all from each other). 
I noticed they were out of breath after loading the box and my heart sank at the thought of what was waiting for me in about 15 minutes from then in my driveway!  I needed to move that box about 10 times farther than they did, and my muscles were nowhere near as big as either one of them …. and there was only ONE of me!!!  AHHHH!
I asked if I needed to sign an invoice to prove I picked up the unit, and they looked at each other, then at me, then back at each other and said “NOPE, YOU’RE GOOD TO GO!”  I really must have looked like I had leprosy or something.  What a crazy world the Coronavirus has made!
The F85 treadmill from SOLE Fitness is ABSOLUTELY one of the few very best deals online today. Its specifications betray a much more expensive machine than you’ll actually pay. Read on to see that I’m telling you the TRUTH! Can you handle it?
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At this point, it was raining and I had an uncovered cardboard box in my truck and I knew something had to be done quickly once I arrived home.  I broke the news to my wife as I peeled into the driveway, and we both started trying to unload the beast before it was completely soaked.  We wrangled it into our garage where I barely had room to unbox it given the extreme dimensions of the box itself! 
However, I was thrilled to see what looked like lots of individual pieces in the box and I thought it might easy after all to move it into our weight room if it was in so many small pieces. 
My optimism was dashed when I finished taking the 3 or 4 light plastic pieces to the workout room and realized that about 99.3% of the weight was still sitting in the box AND IT WAS IN ONE PIECE!!  That began our afternoon of hurt!
I was able to get an old compressed canister moving dolly to take most of the weight of the deck and motor while my wife and oldest son did our best to keep the machine on the dolly as I navigated our stone driveway that was soft and muddy in early spring.  I finally got it to our back patio area where I was able to begin a video (which you can see HERE) that shows the rest of the story!

How to Get this Beast into my HOUSE!
In case you didn’t want to watch the video or if you like reading instead, I’ll be brief!  My wife and I used Forearm Forklifts to gain some leverage in our battle against this gravity-loving entity!  In spite of our use of towels and “forklifts,” we nearly damaged our steps, wall and the machine itself during our move which included going up only 2 stone steps at the back of our house and into the room immediately on the other side of the door.  It could have been far worse if we needed to move it around through the house and up the stairs to a bedroom or downstairs to the basement!
After a few more minutes we struggled to get it into position, and after we did, the machine had one more nasty surprise for me.  You see, I didn’t read the warning (carefully enough) which said not to cut a retaining strap until the machine was in place.  Well, it WAS in place, but what I didn’t read was that “in place” meant the machine had to be sitting upright in its final position – as it would be if one was running on the deck. 
Our deck was sitting on its side when I made that fateful cut to the retaining strap only to have a steel support fly out at my shins faster than either my wife or I could see!  When I looked down it had already connected nicely with my shins and the pain was just beginning!  READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!
First Impressions
Aside from my “wonderful” experience so far, I had a whole lot of thoughts about the treadmill once I got it assembled.  It took me about an hour and I will warn you, please do each step VERY carefully.  The photos in the assembly instructions are decent, but not as easy to follow as you might think.  I had to unscrew and undo a couple of steps to get it right.
Once assembled I was itching to make ANOTHER VIDEO about my initial thoughts.  Here’s the gist of it if you skip the video;
Stability
Compared to every other treadmill I’ve owned, this one was by far the heaviest and that told me it would be sturdy and virtually immovable.  Even without officially “leveling” the deck with the adjustable feet, it was sturdy as an ox!
I like the look of the console which is big enough (and has enough features) to make it look like a pro health club machine!
Aesthetics
I love the look of the machine as it features a big control panel area with three distinct sections.  The bottom section features the main Start and Stop buttons as well as the safety key and quick speed settings just below the quick incline settings.  This area also has an input for MP3 music players and an output for headphones.  For what it’s worth, it’s just as easy to connect your headphones directly to your smartphone rather than going through the machine itself, but it sure does work!
The next section of the panel includes incremental adjustments for the incline and speed as well as 11 different custom controls for individual users and customized workout routines.  It also includes the main LCD screen that displays all the information you’ll need to make all your changes/inputs, etc.  And that’s not all.  This section also includes an integrated fan and speakers. 
Now, I have to toss in my two-cents regarding the speakers.  If you’re serious about listening to music that inspires and motivates your workouts, I’d give these speakers a failing grade.  Like every other treadmill I’ve owned that featured speakers, it sounds like my computer speakers from 1994 before bass woofers were invented!  They lack all bass and sound “tinny”.  
Invest in a great set of wireless headphones and you’ll be WAY happier.  I just bought THESE about 2 weeks before I bought the Sole treadmill!  They’re super cheap but work REALLY well and they look expensive!
Finally, the top section of the control panel includes a tablet/smartphone holder that doesn’t just rely on gravity to hold it in a trench, but it has an adjustable clasp on the top to hold your device tightly, which allows it to sit on a steeper angle facing you better.  Of course, there’s also a USB charging port right beside it so you’re good to go for as long as you can handle it!
A Word About the Controls
I have mostly good things to say about this treadmill, but it’s not all roses for the F85.  While it functions very adequately, I believe that (given its not-so-budget-friendly pricepoint) the buttons and controls are lacking a bit.  Like the utterly “non-useful” speakers which lack any motivating bass and power, the buttons and controls look much like something manufactured in 1992.
The key is not as slick as a magnetic option and button technology is decades old.
I was REALLY hoping that the screen was touch-sensitive, and given that most screens today on any machine or device is touch responsive, my finger immediately went to the screen to start inputting my information.  To my dismay, I realized I had to click “UP↑” and “DOWN↓” keys to enter information and I felt like I was on a computer from the era of “Back to the Future”.  The non-magnetic safety key is awkward to insert, and it’s obviously not meant to be inserted or removed at every use, nor does it insert cleanly and easily.  It goes in with some resistance and feels like it is never quite “set” when it’s fully inserted.
We did, however, like the side rail mounted speed controls which admittedly, are way easier to use than reaching up into forest of keys to try to find another speed-adjusting option.  But then, isn’t the whole point of exercising to get “uncomfortable” so that we actually use and stress our muscles in order to build and tone them?  Hmmm…. I still like the easy access these buttons offer!
Side rail-mounted speed controls are quick and easy to use – a welcome luxury
The Deck and Motor
I was quick pleased with the deck’s built-in hydraulic system that made lifting this heavy monster very easy, while also automatically opening it in a gentle and controlled manner.  In fact, it’s so easy to lower and raise, that the default position of this treadmill (when not in use) is always up.  That’s never been the case with any other treadmill I’ve owned.  The deck has a “cushion-flex” system to reduce strain on joints.  In fact, the cushion-flex whisper deck reduces joint impact as much as 40% compared to running on asphalt.  That’s a big claim, but it makes me feel good!

I honestly didn’t even look at the motor, but when I read that it was a 4.0 hp beast, I was immediately sold.  I have researched over 2 dozen treadmills recently and even the ones costing significantly more than this one didn’t have any higher powered motors than a 4.0 hp.  I was only mildly anxious about how “noisy” it might be, but after a quick test, I was pleasantly surprised by its quietness.  With headphones on (not even noise-canceling ones) you won’t hear it even a bit!
Sole is so proud of their features that they’ve placed stickers with them in prominent areas so you won’t miss noticing them!
Features
The engineering team at SOLE strives to exceed their customers’ expectations. That’s the official word from Sole and I believe them … to an extent.  Through emphasizing quality design, they consistently create quiet, stable, and durably made treadmills. Loaded with comfort features from the cushioned deck to the cooling fan, and with a lifetime warranty on treadmill frames and motors, SOLE treadmills are (in this reviewer’s opinion) one of the better deals on the market with a number of specs that are only available in higher-priced brands and models.
Bluetooth
You can listen to music through the Bluetooth 3.0 Audio Speakers from any enabled smart device. SOLE offers users the option to record workout feedback via Bluetooth from SOLE equipment to an Android or Apple smart device. Users’ workout feedback is automatically saved to the integrated personal calendar, and the data can also be downloaded to the free SOLE FITNESS APP, or transferred to compatible fitness apps (Fitbit, iHealth, Record, Map My Fitness, MyFitnessPal, and other open-source training apps).
Message Board
SOLE offers integrated message boards on most of their treadmill models. It’s an alphanumeric text center that sends scrolling messages to the user as guidance through the details of each workout. This feature can help you to understand the full capabilities of Sole treadmills at times when accessing the user manual may not be so easy (though we keep the manual nearby). The message board is also able to recap an entire workout and allow you to see the progress you’ve made.
High Torque Motors and Flywheels
All Sole treadmills feature the heaviest duty motors and chassis in their class. Industrial quality motors are used in conjunction with large diameter, all-steel, zinc coated, and balanced flywheels for a vibration-free and secure running surface. The flywheel extends the life of the motor by allowing it to run cooler and with a lower power consumption while their heavier weight lends to the same fluid motion found on commercial grade treadmills.
Belts
The belts are not plastic but are made of rubber for durability, PVC to prevent over-stretching, and nylon providing a smooth, static-free surface to glide over the deck and rollers.  
Rollers
The Sole F85 treadmill features large rollers which means a larger contact surface with the belt contributing to even movement and longer roller and belt life. Big rollers with sealed bearing design and copper ground wires reduce static as you exercise making for a smooth, quiet motion that will (with any luck) stand the test of time.

Specifications
Machine Dimensions:

Footprint (in.):
82″ L x 37″ W x 66.5″ H

Folded Dimensions (in.):
44″ L x 37″ W x 71″ H

Item Weight (lbs.):
280 lbs.

User Weight Capacity (lbs.):
400 lbs.

Running Surface:
22″ x 60″

Rollers:
2.75″

Carton Dimensions:
85.5″ L x 37″ W x 17.5″ H

Shipping Weight (lbs.):
308 lbs.

 
Controls & Features:

Motor Info:
4.0 HP

Speed:
.5 – 12 mph

Incline:
0 – 15 levels

Heart Rate Monitoring:
Hand pulse grips, chest strap compatible

Chest Strap Included:
Yes

Cooling Fan:
Yes

Standard Programs:
6

Custom Programs:
2

Heart Rate Programs:
2

USB Device Charging:
Yes

Bluetooth Compatability:
Yes

Bluetooth Speakers:
Yes

Audio System:
Built-in speakers (MP3 Compatible)

Console Display:
10.1″ high-resolution LCD

Display Feedback:
Time, speed, distance, calories, pulse, incline, program

 
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Warranty:

Frame and Motor:
Lifetime

Deck:
Lifetime

Parts:
5 Years

Labour:
2 Years

 

 
First Impressions of the F85
 

Overview
The Sole F85 is the top model in Sole’s folding treadmill series and it’s also Sole’s #1 seller!  It features a 4.0 hp motor (while more expensive machines from competing brands feature 3.2 hp or 3.5 hp motors).  Speeds up to 12 mph can be reached with 15 different incline settings if you start feeling like Batman!  For me, I keep the incline low since I’m staring down the barrel of 60 years of age!!!!  AHHHHGH!
The F85 also has Sole’s biggest deck area and a 22-inch wide running surface and their longest commercial-sized belt. 
It features heart rate controls and a full chest heart rate monitor as well!  If you weigh 400 lbs (I hope you don’t, but if so, start moving more but do it carefully and with supervision) or less, this machine will work nicely for you.
We found the F85 treadmill console is fairly user friendly with a nice-sized display showing feedback about Speed, Incline, Time, Distance Traveled, Calories, Pulse, and Pace at all times, and includes a 1/4 mile track feature and a peak and valley graph for specific programs. Built-in speakers allow you to hook up any MP3 player for easy listening while you exercise, and cooling fan and speed/incline controls are easily accessible on the armrests. 
You can also change the measurements from Metric to Imperial so you can have Kilometers or Miles.

 

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The 6 Best Men’s & Women’s Triathlon Running Shoes for 2020

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Category : Running , Shoes , Triathlon

Triathletes know that there are a lot of moving pieces that go with triathlons.  They require a lot of different equipment if you truly want to do it to the very best of your ability.  Most equipment isn’t required or really all that highly regulated, but most triathletes find certain things to be absolutely necessary.  One of the things that is considered very necessary is a very good pair of shoes for the run. 
Top Triathlon Running Shoes Comparison Chart

PreviewNamePriceWhere to Buy?

1. ASICS Gel-Noosa Tri 11 Running Shoe
$$$Check Price on Amazon

2. Zoot Ultra Race 4.0
$Check Price on Amazon

3. Newton Running Men’s Distance 8
$$Check Price on Amazon

4. Saucony Kinvara 7
$$$Check Price on Amazon

5. Nike Men’s LunarTempo Running Shoe
$$$Check Price on Amazon

6. Adidas Ultraboost Running Shoe
$$$$Check Price on Amazon

There are challenges that face triathletes that do not face regular runners, so this buying guide is going to help you walk through some of those and help you determine what kind of shoe you need in order to help you reach a better time in your race.  After we’ve gone over the ins and outs of what you need, we’re going to take a look and the top running shoes for triathlons that you can get this year!
Triathlon Shoes Buying Guide
Triathlons vs Normal Running
There’s no doubt that both triathlons and running are hard physical activities that require a lot of time and effort to get good at.  Both tax the body to the extreme at times and both are really very similar.  But triathlons do have other challenges that just aren’t always present with regular running.
With triathlons, you’re going to be competing in two other events, basically.  You’re going to be swimming and then biking before you even get to the run.  This means you’re going to be much more tired than someone that is just running.  This is not bashing or running, but it’s a fact!  So you’re going to need a shoe that is a little bit more responsive to your needs there.
One of the things that can be found is an all-purpose shoe.  This is something that will allow you to come to the end of the swim to put on and then you’ll be good to go until the end.  This type of shoe will be very good for both the bike and running sections.  It’s difficult to find a good shoe like this, but it is possible.  If you are wanting to find a shoe like that, then just know they are out there and you will have to look for them!  Remember, that transition times are a key factor in triathlons, so this may factor into your decision.
Distance
The distance of your race is a major factor in what kind of shoes you wear.  For races that are much shorter in length than Ironman races, transition times are going to prove to be much more crucial.  So having one pair of shoes for the bike and run could be very beneficial in that case.  Or even a pair of shoes that you already have tied and can just slip into would do you a world of good as well!
But the distance is a big factor here as well because of comfort and durability.  Running long distances stresses and strains you and your shoes.  Shoes won’t last forever, and many are suggested to be changed after 500 miles or so.  But, you have to remember that certain shoes are going to do better with you than others for longer distances.  Some shoes will likely do you well no matter if you’re running one mile or a whole marathon, but they could be different the further you go.
Maybe you have a shoe that you are very fast in for short periods of time, but they are very uncomfortable when you wear them for a long time.  This is something that’s very normal to see in everyday shoes, so it’s a possible example that you might encounter one day.  Those shoes, despite being fast over the short haul, are ultimately going to slow you down when you start hurting, blistering and aching.  So, you have to be very aware of your specific needs sometimes when you select a pair of shoes!
Weather
The temperature outside can also be a major influence on you when you’re running.  Not all triathlons are done during the summer, so you may need a different pair of shoes if you are running during the winter or even if you’re in the rain!  Great tri running shoes for the summer will be very breathable, which will allow your foot to feel less sticky and sweaty.  To be breathable, mesh is often used and it essentially creates an open space in the shoe.  This open space is great like we’ve said in the summer, but it’s horrible in the winter because you’re not producing near as much sweat likely.  This open space will allow the cold in and it could make you very uncomfortable.  And the answer isn’t always easily available like oh just throw on some thick socks.  If you do that, the shoe may not fit correctly!  You may be able to overcome this, but you also may not.  So you will have to factor weather in when selecting a good pair of shoes to run in a triathlon with.
You’re Going to Get Wet!
This is an obvious statement, but it’s something you’re going to have to learn.  For beginning triathletes, you don’t always need to go all out on buying a bunch of equipment.  Maybe you are just trying it out for the first time.  You’re not going to want to invest a ton of money right away in something you may not continue to do.  So maybe you’re going to use a pair of running shoes for both the biking and running sections.  Well right before the bike section you’re going to have been swimming.  So you’re going to come out of the water a little bit wet.  Your shoes are going to have to be able to deal with this, as are you, in some manner.  Not all shoes will do well with being wet, so you have to be careful to find one that is good at staying together and performing optimally while sogged with water.
Biking with Running Shoes
Because there are few rules surrounding what kind of shoes you have to wear during a triathlon, you are free to choose what you feel is best for you.  So, you can wear the same shoes, as discussed before, for both the run and the bike portions of the race.  It must be said, though, that this is not done by many expert triathletes.  Experts tend to have shoes for the bike ride alone.  The reason why is that these types of shoes have grips in them to grip the pedals better.  Whether you want this feature or not is up to you, but it should be known that there are advantages and disadvantages to your decision to either wear running shoes or cycling shoes.  There are some select ones that are dual purpose, but those will likely cost you more money and will be harder to find as well.
Fit
Here’s the preachy section of the buying guide, but it will do you well to pay mind to it.  Running shoes need to be a snug fit.  This is going to protect you over time, and it will not do you any harm.  Ever!  If they are this way, you’re going to be much safer.  Running shoes are meant to help you move as quickly as possible, and the best way to help them do their job is to have the proper size.  You need to have yourself just a little bit of room in the shoe.  If the shoes are too tight, you’re going to have your toes rubbing up against the liner.  This is very likely to cause blistering, and it may lead to slower times or you having to even drop out of the race itself.  However, if the shoes are too loose, you also will cause problems.  In addition to having the shoe move up and down your foot in a very annoying manner, you will have to readjust your running style or gait.  This is an unnatural thing to do, and it has been known to cause injuries in the back and knees over time.  Don’t let this become an issue by buying the correct size!  In order to do that, it’s always wise to go somewhere and try on shoes first.  Online shopping is great, but it is quite tricky to get the correct size if you’ve never had the specific shoe before.  You can always come back to online shopping later!
One more thing before moving is the fact that you are going to be full of adrenaline when you reach this stage of the race.  This means you’re going to be pumped up, which means that your muscles will be much larger and will be swollen than when you began the race.  This means that getting the correct size can be tricky if you’ve just been standing around doing nothing before you try them on.  A great tip is to always try to do some sort of exercise before you try on and purchase a pair of shoes.  This will help you find a much better fit, and you will be much happier overall.
Please Wear Running Shoes!
Running shoes are designed with one purpose in mind: to help you move forward.  Running shoes aren’t like other types of shoes.  Other shoes may be great for helping you move side to side, but they will pale in comparison to what running shoes will provide for you.  So, it’s pretty important to find a pair that is meant to run in instead of just getting any old pair of shoes.  They will likely not hold up very well for you.  Remember, running on hard ground, is very high impact, so you will need something that can absorb shocks.  Just because a basketball shoe, for example, absorbs shocks, does not mean that it will absorb them at a very heavy pace like running.
Running Style
How you run, (aka. your gait) is an important factor.  Here are some examples of what you might want to look for.  Whether you are someone who strikes the ground with their toes first, or there heels is very important.  Maybe you do neither, and you land on the middle of your foot (you are rare).  Those things can influence your shoes for sure.  In addition to this, how your foot’s weight is distributed is also important.  Some people put the pressure of their feet towards the outside of the shoe.  Others put it toward the inside.  For those that roll their feet outward, they’ll want to look at stability shoes.  For those that roll them inward, motion control shoes are the best type for them.  For people in between, or “neut l” foot runners, they are most likely open to many more options.
Protection vs Speed
This is something that has to be quickly mentioned.  A lot of the choices you’re going to see will allow you to choose from protection or plain out speed.  Generally, the lighter the shoe the faster you will go and the less protection you are going to have in the way of shock absorption and the such.  Another thing to keep in mind, though, is that the lighter the shoe the less durable it is likely to be as well.  So, many of the shoes that we’ll look at will be great for use in competitions, but maybe not quite as great for training.  If used for training, they’ll function fine, but they may not last as long as training-specific shoes.
Best Triathlon Running Shoe Reviews

 
1.   ASICS Gel-Noosa Tri 11 Running Shoe Men’s and Women’s

It’s not a huge surprise to see ASICS at number one on any list having to do with running shoes.  Both genders have great colors to choose from, and both shoes have elastic laces, which make them much easier to get on and off of the foot. They both have a sockliner that is great for airing out your wet foot throughout the race, and they also have excellent grip in areas where it’s wet!  The price isn’t bad, either, as they can run from moderate to slightly above moderate, but nothing really bad at all!
Pros

Good price
Great for transitions
Keeps you dry

Cons

Not for wide feet
Not as comfy as previous offerings

 
2.   Zoot Ultra Race 4.0 Men’s and Women’s

if you’re looking for something stylish, easily seen, and in a moderate to slightly above moderate price level, then the Zoot is your answer.  Both have just one color, but they are very flashy, maybe too flashy for some people.  They are fully synthetic with very little mesh appearing to have been used and they have a huge protruding curve to them in the front that will try and make you more comfortable over the course of the race.  The fastening system is also quite different, but it appears as if they’d be easy to pull on in a hurry.
Pros

Very flashy
Very comfortable
Quick to put on

Cons

Runs small
Takes time to break in

 
3.   Newton Running Men’s Distance 8

You can imagine we try out a lot of shoes, but I have to come clean on this particular shoe:  I own a pair ’cause they’re the ultimate!!!   I could talk about them all day, but here’s the unique feature that sets them apart from the competition;  They are made for proper, ergonomic running form.  That is, they are made for running with a forefoot strike!  What does that mean?  Well, let’s put it this way;  If I asked you to run in your barefeet (or even just jog) 30 feet down the driveway, I will give you a 100% chance that you would NEVER land on your heel. 
You would run exclusively on the front of your foot (between toes and mid-foot).  But, when most runners slap on a pair of running shoes, they immediately start landing on their heels.  This is categorically WRONG as far as kinetics and kinesiology is concerned, but that doesn’t stop shoe manufacturers from making shoes that encourage heel strike running.  TSK! TSK! 
The Newtons have it right!  And, to encourage fore-foot strike running, Newtons feature a less padded heel, and “lugs” or chunks that stick out of the sole at the forefoot, that contract and then spring out to give you more distance and efficient propulsion with each step.  Pretty snazzy I’d say!
All Newtons have EXTREMELY good ventilation!  So much so, that you can always see what color socks you’re wearing right through the shoe material.  If I put in another way, you Northerners will get it;  you WON’T want to wear these casually in the winter since your feet will freeze within a few minutes – that’s how “well-ventilated” they are!
Pros

Very cool looks
Ultra-revolutionary technology
Potential to change your running philosophy!

Cons

Not the cheapest shoe
Potential to change your running philosophy 🙂

 

4.   Saucony Kinvara 8 Men’s and Women’s

If you’re looking for a shoe for a moderate to high price that has a multitude of great colors and looks, then look no further.  This is also a great running show with a synthetic and rubber make up.  It has a lot of mesh all around it to help you air out a little better as well. That’s the difference between this and a regular running shoe.  It has a bit of curve toward the top of the foot, but not as pronounced as the second item on our list was.  This has a very flexible outsole to the shoe, and you are able to remove the insole and replace it easily with whatever insole you need to install in its place.
Pros

Tons of colors to choose from
Very breathable
Removable insoles

Cons

A little stiff
Not a lot of toe room

 
5.   Nike Men’s LunarTempo Running Shoe

if you are looking for a great looking shoe with a lot of breathability built into it, then look no further.  This shoe is priced about the same as all of the others we’ve seen so far, and it’s built with a ton of mesh.  It might not be so great on cooler days but certainly will get the job done when it’s warmer.  It is a classic lace-up shoe that will have to be tied, so it’s down a little on the list in comparison to others.  The toes do curve up a little, but it’s only slightly noticeable to the eye at a glance.  It has technology built in to make the inside very plush and comfortable to wear for you.
Pros

Very breathable
Great for warm days
Very comfortable

Cons

Runs a little small
Probably not great for cooler days

 
6.   Adidas Ultraboost Running Men’s and Women’s

These Adidas shoes right here might come at a higher price than the others on our list, but they do serve a specific purpose besides just making you look great with a number of color options to choose from.  These are great stability trainers, so they are great for anyone that tend to roll their feet outward when they stand, walk, and run. These are made from synthetics, but they also have a lot of mesh at the front of the foot. They aren’t as open as the Nike, however.  The ‘boost’ in the name is referring to its new, more cushioned response this time around.  These are a little bit heavier than many we’ve seen on the list so far, so they might make a little better training shoe than just an all-around competition shoe.  They do need to be laced up, so that’s why they are a little bit lower on the list than most of the others one.
Pros

Awesome looks
Very comfortable
Great stability trainer

Cons

Not as quick in transitions
A little expensive

 
Editor’s Choice for Quality, Value and Customer Satisfaction!

 
Conclusion & Recommendations

It is absolutely critical to remember that running shoes are not all the same.  Each person has a different need that should be addressed, so you must keep this in mind when you are searching for a pair of shoes.  It’s great to have a really nice look and style to your shoe, but it will mean little in the end if your shoe is uncomfortable!  Remember, you need to have a good pair of running shoes with you in order to protect yourself as your feet as going through a lot of trauma and potential pain over the course of a race.  Also, it’s wise to think about what you want to spend money on and what you want to be doing (or not doing) during the transitions of the race!  Once you’ve made all those determinations, you can get to the task of buying the perfect tri running shoe, and then you’ll be cutting your personal best in no time!
And finally, it’s SUPER critical to note that our review does not (and simply cannot) extensively cover ALL the best triathlon running shoes on the market.  We did indeed exclude some very competent shoes that might even be better for YOU than some that we’ve reviewed.  If I were you, I’d check out all these options in addition to our reviewed shoes!  Happy shoe hunting!

 

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9 Best Running Socks for 2019 : Breathability & Blister Protection

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Category : Running , Socks

All runners and athlete have something in common whether they know it or not, the need for quality socks.  It’s important to find the best socks for your needs as they can prevent common running issues such as sweaty feet and blisters.
As a rule, blisters are created in an environment of heat, moisture, and friction.  Our goal (and yours) is to remove those factors as much as possible.  To that end, cotton is not our friend since it does not remove moisture from your feet or skin.  Synthetics are best since they wick moisture away from your skin.  It’s okay to have a bit of cotton if you like, but as long as the synthetic content is over 50% (preferably over 90%) then you’re good to go.
Seams/Thickness/Arch Support
The fewer the seams the better since a higher seam count also increases friction.  As far as thickness of your sock is concerned, that’s a bit of personal preference, but in general, a thinner sock increases ventilation which decreases moisture.  We suggest finding a sock with higher thread counts and cushioning around the heel of your foot and the ball (front).  We strongly encourage you to look for a sock with arch support as well.  Comfort is king in this game, and any sock that is not a great fit or doesn’t support as well as it should, is off our list!
Also, please take note that a good running sock will be left/right foot specific as well!
Top Running Socks Comparison Chart

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1. ASICS Kayano Classic Low Cut Socks$$$Check Price on Amazon

2. Drymax Sports Running hyper thin socks
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3. Thorlo Thick Cushion Running Crew Socks
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4. Saucony Performance Socks
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5. Balega Hidden Comfort Tab Running Sock
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6. Thirty48 Running Socks
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7. Wrightsock Anti Blister Double Layer Stride Running Socks
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8. Falke Running Socks
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9. Feetures! High Performance Ultra Light Socks
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Best Running Socks Reviews
 
ASICS Kayano Classic Low Cut Socks

These socks have great fabric technology to provide the optimal sock for running, whether it is long distances or short distance. They are mainly made of nylon, micron nylon, nanoglide nylon, and a little bit of spandex. These socks have a very unique design and in the middle of the foot they offer a lace pad cushioning that should reduce stress as the shoe bends and the runner plants his/her foot. Reviewers of the ASICS Kayano low cut socks are very happy about how the sock fits in respect to the size. This is very important for people who become irritated with socks not fitting true to their shoe size as advertised. The compression style of the socks is very unique and can really help people with flat feet with the aid of the unique cushioning in the middle of the sock. Strategically designed to integrate variable texture and padding, weaved throughout the sock is sure to make this sock one of the most comfortable running socks to own. Some have complained that these are a little pricey as each sale only sells a single pair. However, these are great performance socks and are very lightweight, with a great fit to shoe size.
 

 
Drymax Sports Running hyper thin socks

These socks put a major emphasis on breathability, with a side focus in comfort. The technology of the shoe predominantly features breathable mesh stripe vents ranging from just above the toe all the way up to the ankle. The enhanced breathability of these socks is sure to help keep your shoes fresh and avoid that dreaded foot odor that can come from running and exercising at such a high intensity. The Drymax socks also feature a unique vented arch band, this works to cool the foot as well as provide stability, holding the sock in place to prevent from annoyingly loose fitting socks that can cause problems while exercising. The heel is also designed to improve the fit of the sock in the shoe with the Drymax “Y Heel”. Reviewers rave about how light these socks feel and the thin texture of them. Most socks have extra cushioning to avoid flat feet, but these shoes sacrifice that in favor of breathability and lightweight. These socks may not be great for those who are suffering from shin splints or other various running restricting injuries. However, these are very lightweight and breathable. One detrimental side effect of the thin nature of these socks is that they can be ripped very easily. This means that these socks are not very durable and one especially hard workout or any workout that consists of heavy plant and turns could destroy these socks and render them completely useless. As all sock owners know nothing is more guaranteed to graveyard a sock than a big hole in them. All in all, these socks are very lightweight and are priced great, they have the same price as many other high performance running socks, however they usually come packaged with three socks, whereas most running socks only offer one sock.
 

 
Thorlo Thick Cushion Running Crew Socks

Widely viewed as the optimal winter sock, these socks are the leader in cushion with double thick soles that especially help runners that have to routinely face brutally harsh winters or other extreme circumstances of cold. Many women users rave about the fit of these shoes and that they avoid the dreaded “ear” corner deficiencies found in many unisex running socks. These socks are best for softness, fit, and feel. Some of the problems that people have with these socks is that after numerous washings they tend to loose their stretching and become very stiff socks. Many people have complained that they do not hold up well after the first time washing them. it might be best advised to seek alternative ways of washing these socks than the traditional washer and dryer combination. In Conclusion, Thorlo is a great brand known for providing thick cushion socks which can help cold feet during the winter or provide additional ankle support for those with weaker ankles or those who simply appreciate having the extra security.
 

 
Saucony Performance Socks

These socks have a very smooth aesthetic featuring a dominant black colorway with a unique neon glow branding. These socks are predominately made of polyester, which is a notably durable material, and it also uniquely features rubber and spandex. These socks are immensely popular and also come at a great value, you can usually get about 6 socks for the price of one of most performance socks. Users love the breathability of these socks, many people report that these socks help them avoid the dreaded foot sweat that can become so deterring and detrimental to workout passions. Many may worry that synthetic socks like this are slippery and have very little grip in the shoes, but most reviewers rave about the grip the sock has inside the shoe and their surprise to notice this feature. On the negative end of the wavelength, some people have complained about the sizing of the sock. The Saucony is known for having great padding, amazing affordability, although it does not have an upper echelon status in arch support.
 

 
Balega Hidden Comfort Tab Running Sock

The Balega Athletic Socks have a sleek design that is designed to optimize two very important factors in running socks, breathability and structure. The socks are not only supportive and comfortable, but they also are very durable. These socks will greatly reduce your chance of getting blisters, and the Balega Hidden Comfort Running socks will do exactly what they advertise in the name, comfort and breathability.
 

 
Thirty48 Running Socks

These socks feature a cushioned low cut style that will fit well with any running shoes. It has a very unique design with a septennial octagon pattern on the sides of the sock. It also features a divergent colorway aesthetic with the crew of the sock, base, and heel. These socks are not known for being thinner or lightweight, but they are very comfortable and it is thicker in the right areas such as the balls of the foot and heel. The thicker nature on the heel is likely to help prevent heavy users from aggregating blisters on their feet. There is thinner material used in the arch and top of the foot to diversify the portfolio of running sock characteristics and offer a more breathable and versatile running sock. Many people have positively reviewed the design of the sock. However, some feel that they have terrible durability. This can be very alarming as these running socks can be somewhat pricey. Many of these socks have displayed problems with washing machines, and this sock is no exception. Some report that after washing the materials rapidly deteriorate and the socks become fragile and the softness dissipates altogether. These socks also have had reported problems with the dreaded holes in socks. All in all, the fit and feel of the sock has been widely positively reviewed, however, these socks are unlikely to be on top of anybody’s list in respect to their durability.
 

 
Wrightsock Anti Blister Double Layer Stride Running Socks

These socks are best known for being very soft. They are made up two layers that meet at the toe and color. These socks are designed to give the comfort benefits of wearing two socks, packaged in one sock. These are some of the best socks to buy in order to avoid blisters and also have a comfortable pair of socks. If you are a runner who does many miles, avoiding blisters with a sock like the Wrightsock anti-blister double layer stride running socks will be very important for you. The material is made of cotton blend, unfortunately, they can be kind of pricey as each order usually only comes with one pair of socks. The design may feel somewhat bland, although the design of a performance sock may not matter to most as it is under the shoe and not visible anyways.
 

 
Falke Running Socks

The Falke Running socks come in many different varieties with different targets for running shoe performance. There is the Falke Ru3, Falke Ru4, Falke Ru4 short, lightweight, and Falke Ru stabilizing. The Falke Ru can be very pricey for a single pair of socks but they are amongst the best in terms of high-quality material that will establish comfort on the ankles and dramatically reduce the risk of getting an ankle sprain. It features a two-layer sole construction that will guarantee a perfect fit in running shoes. They are also great socks for the winter as they are thick and very well insulated. The stabilizers are arguably the best socks on the market in regards to the ankle stability they provide, however, they are at the top of the price list.
 

 
Feetures! High Performance Ultra Light Socks

These ankle length socks are very affordably and include a unique ventilating fabric design to other performance socks mentioned. The Feetures ultra light socks have two panels, on just under the collar and a symmetric alignment above the toe. These two strips are designed to add breathability to the sock. They also are designed to incorporate difference between right and left feet. They offer heel cushioning and arch support as well. These socks are affordable and great for runners who are just beginning to get into performance socks. They are the top of the line in price and breathability. The Feetures! socks will greatly help with friction and reduce blisters. This is a great sock if you are seeking a moisture wicking product. Some have complaints are thicker than advertised. The Ultra light headline tag may be somewhat misleading as these socks are a little thick in the places without ventilation strips.
 

 
Darn Tough Vermont Merino Wool Ultra-light Cushion Athletic Socks

If the name isn’t enough to sell you on the toughness of this sock, a quick glance at these socks will scream durability. The sock is thick in the right places, especially the toe, heel, and collar. These socks are a cross between ultra light and very supportive socks. They are made of Merino Wool and Nylon with a 6% spandex. This is more spandex than performance socks usually incorporate into their material. Although they are thick, they offer breathability in the middle of the sock. This strategic design maximizes comfort and breathability. These socks are pretty expensive, but most things that are expensive tend to be longer lasting and the Darn Tough athletic socks are no exception. These socks are tight around the ankle, and despite the Darn Tough branding, they are not invincible to all situations.
 

 
Running Sock Buying Guide
Performance Running Socks are one of the most competitive markets out there, which leaves us with plenty of options to chose from. Here are some of the most important traits of socks to review before making a purchase:
Blister Protection
Few things can deter the ambition of a runner more than acquiring blisters after hard workouts. If you are annoyed with blisters in your shoes, or simply want to get insurance that you never have to deal with this, you should consider buying socks that are specifically designed to be blister repellant and will keep your heels and feet as good as new.
Winter Weather
If you are a running junkie, odds are you can’t quite get the satisfaction of a good run on a treadmill or indoor facility. Running outside can be great, when the weather permits it. If you are faced with brutal winters and hate the cold, you should look at the cushioning of the socks and which pairs are specifically engineered to resist cold winters and keep you running!
Breathability, (Odor Beaters)
The breathability of a sock can cure many problems. For one, having proper ventilation will greatly help reduce fatigue you may face while running. By letting your foot breathe instead of trapping the heat inside, your body will better maintain homeostasis and avoid overheating that results in detrimental fatigue. Another consequences of a lack of breathability is the odor that will accumulate in the socks. Trapped in unbreathable fabric and whilst pushing yourself to the limit during exercise, your feet will sweat a lot. It is important to have breathability to avoid odorous socks.
Lightweight
If you are seeking performance socks, odds are you are looking to cut down on your times and feel, lighter in your shoes. Having a lightweight pair of socks can be very beneficial as you run miles and miles because you will not have to suffer the burden of carrying heavy feet with every stride. There are many lightweight models of performance socks as “lightweight” tends to be one of the most coveted keywords in sock seekers. However, keep in mind the more lightweight it is, the less durable it is likely to be as well.
Comfortable
Comfortability may come somewhat hand in hand with socks designed to endure winters. But comfortable socks can cover an eclectic range of meanings. Wether comfortable means lightweight to you or great insulation and cushioning. Visualize yourself using the socks when you are purchasing them and decide if you think they would be comfortable for you to wear. Uncomfortable socks will only hurt your chances of reaching your goals and completely obliterate your satisfaction with your performance sock decision.
Fit
Everybody hates wearing clothes that don’t fit them and your socks are no different. Socks that do not fit well can annoyingly wrap around the heel or foot. Some socks fit according to shoe size, whereas others are immensely different from their sizing. It is important to look at the reviews of previous customers to see how the sock fits and what sizing is best for you. These performance running socks are customized for optimal performance and the wrong sizing could greatly affect the quality of their design. It also may be important to make sure that the brand of socks has a mirror design for left and right editions of the sock.
Durability
Many pairs of high performance running socks can come packaged with a hefty price tag. It is important that your investment is not wasted and can last you a long time. Everybody who has ever owned a pair of socks in their lifetime, which I hope I hope is everyone, knows how detrimental getting a hole in your sock can be to the lifespan of that sock. It is important to find socks that are in it for the long haul and are not easily torn or damaged by extreme circumstance.
Affordability
At first glance the pricing of these socks may look very similar, however, many editions offer a 3 pack or more of their socks whereas others only offer 1 pair. It is important to not only look at the price when looking for performance running socks, but also consider the number of socks you are receiving in the purchase.
 

 
Conclusion & Recommendations

In Conclusion, there are many performance running socks on the market right now, and there are almost as many factors to look at when deciding which running sock is best for you. Wether you prioritize lightweight, comfort, anti-blisters, etc. it is important to understand the combinations that these socks have and the weakness they possess as well. The ASICS Kayano Classic low cut socks combine lightweight and great fit. The Drymax Sports Running Hyper thin socks are known for breathability and comfort. The Throlo Thick Cushion Running Crew Socks are currently the best socks for winter enduring, also providing double thick soles and great fitting to shoe size. Saucony Performance Socks have a smooth aesthetic with a unique neon glow branding as well as great padding in the sock. The Balega Hidden Comfort Tab Running socks also feature a sleek design, they protect against blisters, and they offer a great combination of comfort and breathability. Thirty48 Running socks are known for lightweight and great fit for shoe size. The Wrightsock Anti Blister Double Layer stride running socks are optimized for exactly what the title says, anti blisters and cold weather. The Falke Running socks feature a stabilizer edition which are the best socks for additional ankle stability. The Features! High Performance Ultra Light Socks add breathability, heel cushioning, and thickness to their already unique brand name. The Darn Tough Vermont Merino Wool provides exactly what you’d expect, ultimate durability and great comfort.
There are many different performance socks to choose from, and they each have a set of focused features that they are known for. Prioritize what you are looking for in your running socks and hopefully this guide has helped you make a better decision, good luck and thanks for reading!
 

 

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