Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Wrightsock

Several months ago, I won a pair of running socks from Fat Chick Fed Up. They were Wrightsocks. I’d never heard of them, but Lisa had purchased a pair to give away because she loved them so much.

Lisa had developed really painful blisters when she started walking to lose weight. The folks at her local running store recommended Wrightsock because of their double-layer anti-blister system. Lisa was skeptical that a sock could really make that much difference, but she was soon sold – enough that she bough a pair to share the love.

I was the lucky winner!

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My Wrightsock running socks quickly became my favorite pair of socks for running. I saved them for my long runs and races, since I just had the one pair. The sweat-wicking inner layer pulls moisture away from the feet, while the friction gets absorbed between the inner and outer layers, rather than a single layer and your foot.

They were the perfect socks for races – until it got cold. If you run, you know that running shoes are designed to allow for air flow, not for keeping your feet warm. I realized that very quickly when half-marathon day dawned icy cold. It was only 29 degrees when we reached the starting area. It took only minutes before my feet were frozen.

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See that white stuff on the ground? Um, yeah, that’s frost.

Luckily, they warmed up by mile two, but it was not fun running on frozen feet until they warmed up. It was the following week that I read an article about keeping warm on winter runs. One thing the article mentioned was cold-weather socks.

I never knew there were specific socks for running in cold weather. I did a quick search and guess what came up? Wrightsock!

I knew I had to have a pair, but I couldn’t find any suppliers in my area. Knowing how much I loved my own Wrightsocks, I quickly emailed the company and asked if they would be willing to send me a pair to try and some to giveaway.

The folks at Wrightsock have been absolutely wonderful to work with. They graciously agreed to send me two pair to try – a regular pair of cold-weather socks and a trail running pair…and they’re allowing me to give away twelve pairs of socks – one pair each to twelve winners!

The first time I wore either pair of the socks was just around the house. My feet were freezing one day and I decided I’d try out the trail socks. Honestly, I could tell a huge difference as soon as I put them on. They were wonderful! The inner layer is 70% moisture-wicking polyester, but the outer layer is 72% wool. So warm!

I’ve worn the running socks in two different races now. The first race wasn’t nearly as cold as the half-marathon, but it was still in the lower forties that morning. The second race was hovering right around the freezing mark. My Wrightsock cold-weather socks made a world of difference.

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My feet weren’t cold at all…and you know that when your feet are warm, your body seems to stay warmer. It was cold, but I wasn’t shivering uncontrollably that morning like I was the day of the half, nor was I too hot once the race got underway.

Wrightsock cold-weather socks provide the perfect blend of warmth, breathability, and moisture-wicking. I love them!

Would you like to try a pair? Whether you’re a walker, a runner, workout at the gym, or just want a great pair of socks to keep your feet warm around the house, you’ve got to try Wrightsocks. Twelve winners will each receive your choice of Wrightsocks in your size.

**This giveaway is now closed and winners have been notified by email.**

How to enter:

  • Visit the Wrightsock website, then, come back and leave a comment on this post telling me which pair of socks you’d most like to win. (Mandatory entry)

For two bonus entries (optional):

  • Subscribe to Eclipsed and/or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Share about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter. (Please include @Kris_RunnerMom in your tweet to make sure I see it.)

(You can also follow Wrightsock on Facebook, but I can’t give you an entry for that as it violates Facebook’s promotion policies. The folks at Wrightsock would like it, though.)

Rules: Leave a comment for each entry (up to three separate entries). This giveaway is open to United States residents, ages 18 years and older only. Giveaway ends on Monday, December 13. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org.

The winner will notified via email and given 72 hours to respond. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted by email or does not respond within 72 hours, the prize will be forfeited and and alternate winner selected.

Click to read the complete rules. By entering this giveaway, you indicate that you have read and agreed to abide by these rules.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.

Do or do not. There is no try.

50 comments:

  1. I would probably want the coolmesh.  Cold weather is not our problem here in NOLA. ;)

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  2. I subscribe on both FB and in my feed reader to Eclipsed.

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  3. I've enjoyed reading your blog...it's inspirational and encouraging! After losing between 20-25 lbs., I'm about where you are weight-wise...trying to reach that 125 lb. mark and less than 10 lbs. to go. Following your journey and posts has been a big boost for  me. Thanks for sharing!
    I do a lot of power walking, and I've just added some jogging to the mix. I visited the Wrightstock website, and I really like the Style 575 - Quarter
    Colors: White for Cool Running.
    I also plan to share this give-away on FB and I'm subscribing to your blog via email. I already have you on Bloglines.
    Again, thanks for sharing your struggles and successes. Well done!
    ~Amy O'Quinn

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  4. I'm now also following you on FB and I shared about your give-away on my FB page as well for 2 more entries! Thanks! :)

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  5. i would love these ones: Style 575 - Quarter
    Colors: White (i like short socks and my running pants are long enough to cover my lower heel).

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  6. I'd love a pair of the cold running crew socks for my husband - who has been out walking in zero degree weather of late! 

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  7. Awesome giveaway!  I live in the midwest and it's COLD here.  I would love a pair of socks to help my feet out.  Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  8. I am not picky and would love to have any of these great sounding socks...but since I am the only girl in the house anymore, the boys keep grabbing all my white socks and I have none left...I would love a pair of the pink ribbon ones to help support breats cancer as well as keep the boys out of my socks! LOL

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  9. I went and looked at Wright Sock Site...and I would like to win this style of sock...Cushion was the word that drew me in...LOL
    Style 552 - Low Quarter
    Colors: White/Grey, White/Black, White/Pink, White/Lt. Blue, White/Royal, Lt. Grey/Grey

    I will take the White/Pink, if I am lucky enough to be a winner! 

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  10. I went to the Wright Sock Site...and I chose the "Cushion" sock if I am lucky enough to win...the word Cushion drew me into that sock...LOL..
    Style 552 - Low Quarter
    Color:  White/Pink

    Thanks!

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  11. I live in sunny South Florida so I would use the cool mesh sock...ankle style! Love your blog..you are giving me the inspiration I need to get started...

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  12. I am also a facebook fan!!

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  13. I just added a subscription via email..

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  14. I would love to win the cold running socks!  I had no idea that there were special socks for "winter" running -- that is so cool!

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  15. I want the cold running socks BAD!!!!  I despise running with cold feet!  It physically hurts!

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  16. I would love to try their Coolmesh socks! I have always had issues with my socks...I have feet that like to sweat, and usually, I can only wear almost 100% cotton socks because any dressier sock just makes my feet sweat and swell up, and I can't stand it. If these things work, I could maybe actually wear black socks again! (Did you know, I can't find a single black women's dress sock that is cotton?)

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  17. I love Wrightsocks but the sock monster ate all mine! I'd love to try the Cold Running crew ones as I prefer them over my ankles right now.

    headant at headant dot com

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  18. WoW! If these are a sure thing my b/f would bennefit GREATLY from the cushioned dlx pair. I went to the site and looking at all the choices thought for sure these could work for him. He works 16 hour shifts at work on his feet the entire time and has such a horrible time with moisture effecting his feet so bad they become raw and even bleed at times. I'm thinking these socks could really help regulate that for him and the cushioned dlx socks would give him the added bennefit of more comfort perhaps. Winning a pair of these socks (cushioned dlx or not) would give him a great opportunity to try them b4 buying as the regulation of moisture is the biggest issue at hand for him. Thanks do much for this info but also for a great give away!

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  19. I am now following eclipsed on fb.

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  20. Well, I visited the website and I would love to have the pair that is "no show."  Of course, I can't remember what their name for it was.  

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  21. Now I have also followed you (Eclipsed) on facebook. 

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  22. Style 766 - Crew Postal Approved - Hubby gets weird blisters on the balls of his feet. Right now they are healed. I am going to look into this sock! pebblekeeper@gmail.com

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  23. Style 504 cool mesh quarter sock white... I mut say I had an incredibly hard time trying to decide! I never knew there were so many options/choices in socks before! Thank you!

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  24. I normally don't enter giveaways, but I could really use these! The Silver Elite look nice, but I'm going to go for the Cold Weather socks because since moving to Chicagoland, my feet seem to be cold all the time!

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  25. My first preference is the Cool Running (crew and quarter), with a close follow by the Running (crew, quarter, and low quarter). See, it's getting really cold here for walking and running. I've been told that anything over 20 is do-able outside, but today was getting awful close. Tomorrow's high is 21.

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  26. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/ChirpingX3/status/144839882857127937

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  27. I would like the cold running sock!  That sounds perfect.  :)

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  28. I now follow you (Kris_RunnerMom) on Twitter (ChirpingX3)

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  29. I'm following Eclipsed on Facebook.

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  30. I want to win the exact socks pictured above - the Cool Running Quarter sock.

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  31. I shared the giveaway link on Facebook. 

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  32. I'm so excited about your giveaway Kris! I'm glad the socks worked out so well for you! And who knew there were special socks for running in the cold weather? I would love to have a pair of the cushioned socks. I love the 2 pair I have and it would be great to have a couple more! Thanks for hosting.

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  33. I would love a pair of the cold running quarter socks, my feet are freezing!!  

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  34. I'm already subscribed to your blog :)

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  35. They all sound great...but I think that the Cool Mesh would be my favorite!

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  36. I am an email subscriber!

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  37. Cushioned DLX quarters. 

    So, if I get these, I'll enjoy running, right?

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  38. The Cushioned DLX sounds wonderful to me so that's what I would want.

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  39. I subscribe to you on Facebook.

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  40. I'd definitely go for the cold weather socks! My feet are always freezing on my runs this time of year!!
    -Jessica
    Mauk.jessica@gmail.com
    Http://healthyfor100.blogspot.com

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  41. I follow eclipsed on FB on my personal page and I think I follow you on my blog page, too (Healthy for 100).
    -Jessica

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  42. I would love to win style 575 for cold running! :) thank you! 

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  43. I also subscribed to your blog (subscription to be delivered to my email) and posted about it on my (password-protected) blog.  Thank you!!

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  44. Would love the cOldrunning quarter socks - I did not know there were cold weather socks...could have used them this morning! Brrrrr - cold feet! I am already a facebooker follower and just subscribed to google reader! Off to post on my FB!

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  45. Facebook/twitter follower and e-mail subscriber!

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  46. Cool! I'd love to try the Cushioned Style 553 - Quarter!

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