Review: Swiftwick Aspire Socks – Anti-Blister Defense Weapons

Swiftwick at Vail Outlier

A couple years ago I acquired 2 pairs of the Swiftwick Aspire Socks.   I’ve worn the crap out of these comfy socks and they’re still begging for more action.  Socks are a product I judge mostly by comfort and durability.  Even with trimmed and filed toenails I have the ability to blow through a pair of “comfy” socks in a few hard rides.  Not with the Swiftwicks…yet.

Fit and Feel

The Aspire sock is described by Swiftwick as high compression and minimum cushion.   I believe this makes for an ideal mountain bike sock. We tend to be hiking around a little more with wet feet from stream crossings and sweat a lot.

The Aspire’s fit is a little tighter than your average sock due to the compression but worth the extra effort to slip on in my opinion.  The high compressive design does keep the sock from bunching and probably moving around as much as other socks I’ve used.   This could answer why I’ve got such great mileage out of these socks.

Sizing wise the socks are on par with all the other sock manufactures – perhaps a slight bit small.  Swiftwicks large is stated as 10-12 and my size 9.5 feet fit great.  I definitely would not want any smaller sock.

My lack of blisters leed me to believe the abrasion resistant synthetic Olefin material does a fine job of moisture transfer.  The socks dry quickly and don’t feel like a balled up wet rag upon taking them off.

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Swiftwick Hop Project
Lots of color options and a new “Vision Five” beer series to match your favorite style of brew are available.

The socks are offered in many heights and colors for proper kit matching.  Additionally, Swiftwick offers socks with more cushion and less compression if you prefer.

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Swiftwick Aspire
Tight! There is zero loose material on these socks.

What’s special about Swiftwick?

The high compression (tight fit) I believe helps reduce hot spots and blisters.  I have a few favorite local rides that require a good bit of hike-a-bike that are excellent test grounds to see how sock’s and shoes perform off the bike.  With another sock brand that isn’t as tight fitting, I start to notice hot spots and have worn blisters on the back of my heals.   With the Swiftwick Aspires this isn’t a problem since there is less movement of the sock on my foot.

Comfort and durability are my favorite things about these socks, but the company impresses me as well.  The made in the USA Swiftwick socks focus on durability with sustainable fibers.   They even recycle scrap fibers for uses such as blankets for those in need!   The Swiftwick Aspire is great for those that are tired of blisters and throwing away holy socks.

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