Injinji Outdoor Quarter Crew Sock
Historic Range: $8.00-$16.00
Reviewers Paid: $18.00
70% NuWool, 24% Nylon, 5% Spande-flex
Men’s and Women’s S-XL
Solves problems with toe blisters.
- Blister prevention
- Hard to put on
- Hard to take off
- Take some getting used to
I am very blister prone in between my third and fourth toes on both my feet, but especially my right foot. I always hike in shoes with a large toe box, but usually after about six hiking days I start to get blisters. I've tried taping, vaseline, and all the usual remedies—even tried to "train" my toes to separate with this strange device I wore around the house for a week or two.
In preparation for a long hike last summer, I was just figuring I would deal with the usual blisters by taking extra care of my feet on the trail, as usual. Then my wife suggested I try some "toe socks". I think I had seen them in some running magazine, but I just thought they were a gimmick. But, what the heck. I did some research and ordered a pair of the only hiking version I could find—a little thicker than some of the others, and crew length. I am not even sure of the models, so this review might be of the wrong socks.
They are not easy to put on. Regular socks take what, 30 seconds to put on? These can take up to five minutes for the pair because you have to make sure your toes get where they need to be, and you have to make sure your toes are all the way in to each sleeve.
I wore them first on a long day hike. They felt strange—like I had a bunched up sock at my toes, but that went away quickly. The hike went well and they seemed to work. So on my 10-day hike, I wore them. Amazing. No blisters between my toes. I had found foot and toe nirvana! They seem to have cured my issues with toe blisters. It sounds funny, but I was very excited about these socks since I have had this issue a long time and was resigned to dealing with the blisters.
They are hard to get on and off compared to normal socks. And, if you are someone that has splayed toes (lucky you), you definitely don't need these socks. But if you are someone that gets blisters from your toes rubbing together like me, you should give them a try. They are definitely worth considering.
The material seems to wick moisture well enough and the fit is snug like it should be. I have long toes, and these fit me well. They got soaking wet each day from snow we encountered in the passes and they were completely dry by morning.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $18