IR - Injinji Outdoor Series Socks - Ben Mansfield
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Injinji Outdoor Series Socks
5 November 2009
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<Injinji Outdoor Series Socks>
(Photo Courtesy of Injinji)
Name: Ben Mansfield
Height: 6' 0" (1.8 m)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
E-mail Address: benmansfield27 AT gmail DOT com
City, State, Country: North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA
Over the past 15 years or so, I've tried to average at least one
weekend trip per month year round, primarily in Pennsylvania, West
Virginia, and Virginia. During the last 8 years, I've tried to take a
week long trip somewhere further, but still usually in the eastern US.
I consider myself a mid-weight hiker, preferring some luxury to an
ultralight load. I am also an avid fly fisherman, mountain & road
biker, and snow skier, and enjoy sailing my homemade dinghy.
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<Socks. With Toes.>
Model: Outdoor Series
Manufacturer URL: www.injinji.com
Year of Manufacture: 2009
MSRP: US $16.00
Injinji makes socks. For a company to be that specialized means that
their product has to be not only unique in the market but also
actually solve a problem that other products don't. How can a company
do this with just socks? Toe socks. That's right, the socks have
individual little pockets for each of my toes. The thought process
here is that by individually wrapping each of my toes in its own happy
little coccoon, I'll gain all sorts of benefits not realized via
traditional "mitten-style" socks. Injinji claims that these benefits
include the prevention of blisters as well as allowing my feet to work
as designed - providing added dexterity and stability, leading to
proper balance and overall happier feet.
Injinji makes a number of different models, but all share the
individual toe design. The outdoor series socks that I'm wearing are a
blend comprised primarily (70%) of Nüwool (a Merino Wool and man-made
fiber hybrid) and 25% Nylon, with the remainder being Lycra. The only
seams on the socks are barely perceivable ones at the tip of each toe
as well as along the sides of my heels. I was initially worried about
this but thus far it has been a non-issue. The seams are truly flat
and I can't feel any of them when I'm wearing the socks, even if I
wear them with shoes that are too tight.
<Injinji's double-layered cuff and sewn-in label>
The Injinji socks have a double layered cuff at the top of each sock,
with a sewn in label displaying the Injinji logo. Incidentally, the
Injinji website was kind enough to explain the origin of the name, and
help me pronounce it (In-gin-ji). The manufacturer claims that this
"Dual Welt Band" helps not only with comfort, but also with keeping
the socks in place - preventing them from sliding down as the day
wears on. Based on my limited experience wearing them so far, this is
indeed true - they seem to stay in place relatively well.
My feet are size 11 US, and though one foot is slightly larger than
the other, they are close enough that no special handling is requied.
I also have generally long toes - my wife claims I have 20 fingers.
I'm one of those people who can pick stuff up with their toes, and I
once pinched my sister with my toes so hard that it left a mark. I'm
not sure that it's relevant to the performance of these socks, but I
feel better getting that off of my chest. According to the Injinji
website as well as the product packaging, I'm a sock size large, and
they do fit very well, despite my feet being at the low end of the
The Outdoor series socks come in a few different colors - Forest,
Slate, and Blue, as well as two lengths - crew length and quarter
length. I'm testing the longer crew length socks in the slate color
(though I'd call it pretty much just black).
The Outdoor Series sock packaging, as well as the Injinji website,
have instructions on sizing, fitting, and wearing toesocks. The
product packaging also details care instructions - machine wash warm,
line dry, no bleach, no ironing, no dry cleaning. I didn't see a
warranty anywhere, and I guess I don't really expect it for socks. I
was pleasantly surprised, however, to see direct contact information
on the Injinji website for pretty much anyone at the company I'd ever
want to contact (CEO included).
These socks are pretty neat. When I first put them on, I was able to
get my toes into their little individual homes pretty easily - easier,
actually, than I anticipated. Turns out it was pretty much beginners
luck, because the next day I tried again (but with a clean pair) and
it took a little more effort. Effort here is relative though, and in
the end it is pretty easy to get these socks on. Injinji even
describes the process and indicates that it may take 10 - 20 seconds
longer than normal socks, and I'd say that's probably accurate. The
recommended method, and the one that works best for me, is to start
the socks onto my feet partway and get each toe in place, then finish
pulling the toesocks up the rest of the way.
The feel of the toesocks is a unique sensation to be sure. At first I
noticed having each toe individually wrapped and I didn't think that
the feeling would go away. In the end, though, when I actually stopped
thinking about the socks and writing this report, they disappeared
from my conscious mind. It does take me a few minutes to get used to
them after putting them on, but in the few days since they've arrived
I've worn them around a bit (including to work for a few full days)
and I generally don't notice them after a while. They're a little
thinner than a lot of my hiking socks, but that may not be a bad thing
depending on how well they support and keep my feet warm and dry. I
think if they were much thicker the added material between my toes
would be noticeable, and I'm not sure I'd like that.
I'm really looking forward to putting some trail days on these socks.
I've suffered in the past from blisters between my toes, and my feet
can probably be described as being on the sweaty side, so I'll be
really interested to see how well they work, especially as the weather
changes from Fall to Winter and eventually to Spring, bringing on a
variety of temperatures and lots of wet days.
I would like to thank Injinji and BackpackGearTest.org for the
opportunity to test these crazy Outdoor series toesocks.
Nice report. Just a few minor items for you to address and you are free to post in the appropriate folder. Please remember to delete your file from the TESTS folder.
EDIT: <coccoon> - should be "cocoon" -- please correct
EDIT: <no special handling is requied> - should be "required" -- please correct
Edit: <The Outdoor Series sock packaging, as well as the Injinji website, have instructions on sizing, fitting, and wearing toesocks.> - There is an issue with subject verb agreement in this sentence. I believe simply changing "have" to "has" will solve the problem. -- please correct as you see fit.
Happy testing. See you again in about two months.
- All set Ryan. Thanks for the edits.
Test folder cleaned, report revised & posted.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "bigdawgryan" <bigdawgryan@...> wrote:
> Nice report. Just a few minor items for you to address and you are free to post in the appropriate folder. Please remember to delete your file from the TESTS folder.
> EDIT: <coccoon> - should be "cocoon" -- please correct
> EDIT: <no special handling is requied> - should be "required" -- please correct
> Edit: <The Outdoor Series sock packaging, as well as the Injinji website, have instructions on sizing, fitting, and wearing toesocks.> - There is an issue with subject verb agreement in this sentence. I believe simply changing "have" to "has" will solve the problem. -- please correct as you see fit.
> Happy testing. See you again in about two months.