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December 12, 2012

Injinji Performance 2.0 Sock Review; Injinji Sock Giveaway Contest

Before today’s official review, a cool sale offer to pass along: GoLite is in the midst of a 12 Days of Savings campaign, featuring a killer deal on at least one item each day.  I receive banner links to a new item each day, but since I’ve long since stopped posting every day around here, I’m just including a direct link (on the photo below) to their site so you can return back later and check out the savings for yourself. 


And now we resume normal programming …

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Even before embracing minimalism a few years ago, I was familiar with Injinji socks.  They were something of a novelty among ultrarunners, although those who used them seemed completely enamored with their ability to prevent blisters on or between your toes.

Shortly thereafter, the whole minimalist thing exploded, and Vibrams became the sexiest thing going – sometimes literally.  And since most of us live in places where the weather gets cold – yes, even here in California – Injinjis soon became the cheese to Vibram’s macaroni, and surged in popularity along with the FiveFingers.

Here’s the thing, though: I wasn’t exactly wild about Injinji’s early offerings.  They were fairly comfortable and great at keeping grit from grinding against your bare skin during a long trail run, but I wasn’t really impressed with their insulating capacity or ability to dry quickly.  They also seemed to stretch out and lose their shape fairly significantly after a handful of wash cycles.

So when I was offered a few pairs to try again this fall, I made sure to ask the rep if something had changed from the pairs I tested from a few years ago.  It turns out, something had – and the new Injinji Performance 2.0 series will be available in early 2013.

Injinji Performance 2.0 series socks

The new line has less of a cottony feel than the previous versions, with improved CoolMax fabric that is more similar to technical running socks in its wicking ability and moisture management.  They use a variety of fabric combinations and weave patterns to improve the fit, and they seem more compressive than the previous line.  I’ve washed mine several times, and so far they are holding their shape quite nicely.

Injinji classifies the Performance 2.0 line according to activity, such as Run, Trail, and Sport. They are further categorized by height – from knee high all the way down to micro - and by fabric weight (lightweight, original, and midweight).  In other words, there are a lot of options, which should make it easy to find a variety you like.

My favorite of the new collection is a wool model from the trail line.  Although it isn’t as comfortable as some other materials, I’ve gradually become a fan of wool socks during wet or cold-weather outings, mainly because of its ability to maintain insulation even when wet.  Injinji’s wool socks are thicker than its other fabric blends, but they are quite effective at keeping your toes warm in shoes with highly breathable uppers.  The only downside is that if your FiveFingers are a snug fit, you may need to size up for winter running.

I suppose the bottom line is that if you liked Injinjis in the past, you’ll like the Performance 2.0 line for sure – and if you (like me) weren’t wild about Injinjis in the past, it may be time to give them a second look.  And following this post, a few readers will get the chance to try Injinjis for themselves.  The company is offering three winners a running sampler pack including a road model, trail model, and wool Injinji sock.  There’s no criteria to enter – it’s simply a luck of the draw thing of this one.  Leave a comment below to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday night.

Thanks very much to Injinji for sponsoring this giveaway, and good luck to everybody!

*Products provided by Injinji

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108 comments:

TIM 帝木 12/13/12, 12:49 AM  

I'd love to win a set, if you're happy to post them to Australia.

stephan.uzzell 12/13/12, 2:15 AM  

My problem with vibrams and these has been that my toes would get very cold being separated like that. I'd love to find out if these new wool ones would help with that :-)

Kelly 12/13/12, 3:40 AM  

I would LOVE to try these! I read that they help prevent blisters - which I need.

Emir Dedic 12/13/12, 3:53 AM  

Yes please. Enter me.

TheRunningNobody 12/13/12, 4:01 AM  

Hoooo, that would be excellent ! Right when i am checking my gear for the TransAlpine 2013 ...

See K 12/13/12, 4:03 AM  

Thanks for the update. Looking forward to trying some out.

Steven Veltema 12/13/12, 4:15 AM  

I usually don't run with socks in my Vibrams, but it would be great to give these a try!

PepeLp,  12/13/12, 4:33 AM  

I'd love to try them.

Drew 12/13/12, 4:38 AM  

Enter me please!

sramfl 12/13/12, 4:44 AM  

Love my Injinis and Smartwool toe socks...these Injinis sound good.

Kurt 12/13/12, 4:58 AM  

Thanks for this drawing!

kabugg 12/13/12, 5:00 AM  

I would really like to try these. Thanks for the offer!

Josh 12/13/12, 5:01 AM  

I love the Injinji socks! Count me in.

Cami 12/13/12, 5:01 AM  

I would love to try these socks!

Aranan 12/13/12, 5:02 AM  

I absolutely love the Injinjis that I do have. Having another pair would be even better! :)

wirehairedrunner 12/13/12, 5:03 AM  

Thanks for the review. Good to know about the updates.

Chris 12/13/12, 5:08 AM  

Thanks for the chance!

Mr. Responsible 12/13/12, 5:11 AM  

Like my Injinjis and would love to try the new offering.

Chris 12/13/12, 5:12 AM  

Loved the Injinji socks before, looking forward to trying the 2.0 model now!

PB Junkie 12/13/12, 5:26 AM  

Would love to try these socks!

ScottE 12/13/12, 5:26 AM  

I'm glad they've improved! Thanks for the review.

runningfarmer 12/13/12, 5:39 AM  

I have tried Injinji in the past and also have an issue with the durability. And like you, I really like wool socks for trail runs. Sounds like I may have to give Injinji another look in the Spring. Thanks for the heads up.

Eddie 12/13/12, 5:43 AM  

Count me in, I love Injinji!

Williams 12/13/12, 5:55 AM  

Yeah I'll take some new socks

jsrealtorwv 12/13/12, 6:00 AM  

Looking forward to the next new thing.

51feetunder 12/13/12, 6:10 AM  

I love my injinis, they are my go-to racing sock

bryan m,  12/13/12, 6:11 AM  

Yes please!

grimzeak 12/13/12, 6:16 AM  

I've been wanting to try these.

Tammy 12/13/12, 6:18 AM  

LOve these socks the first few times out of the package, then the slipping sock phenom happens and I have to go buy new ones. Would love to see if the new version fixes this 'stretch and move' issue...

PLEASE!

Adam B. 12/13/12, 6:21 AM  

Count me in for trying these guys out!

David Sporing 12/13/12, 6:23 AM  

I like Injinji socks.

Steven Peterson 12/13/12, 6:29 AM  

I love Injinji socks. Turning to them has saved me from bloody toes on long races.

Ted Darling,  12/13/12, 6:30 AM  

I love Injinjis and would really like to give the new models a test run.

Kevin 12/13/12, 6:42 AM  

I'll try them again

Nate 12/13/12, 6:42 AM  

IN IT TO WIN IT!

Lucid Moon Studio 12/13/12, 6:58 AM  

Count me in! Thanks for the giveaway!

James 12/13/12, 7:12 AM  

Injinji, please!

Matt B,  12/13/12, 7:38 AM  

awesome, would love to try them.

Anonymous,  12/13/12, 7:48 AM  

These would be great for when I can start running again.
steeplechaser29 at yahoo

Ed 12/13/12, 7:52 AM  

I would love to add to my collection!

ajones 12/13/12, 8:18 AM  

Knee high toe socks. I feel like I am back in junior high getting ready for the sock hop!

Nathan Seibt 12/13/12, 8:27 AM  

Wearing holes in my covey of Performance Lightweights. Maybe the new ones will hold up better.

Murray,  12/13/12, 9:02 AM  

Please, one entry

Go Gators 12/13/12, 9:02 AM  

I'd really like to try these!

Jessica 12/13/12, 9:12 AM  

Even though I decided to try a pair of Merrells after I ran by Five Fingers into the ground, I still swear by Injinji socks.

Joseph L 12/13/12, 9:21 AM  

I'd like to try the new one. thanks for the review.

Tater 12/13/12, 9:25 AM  

Training for my first 100 starting in January. I would love some injinji for those long runs. Thanks.

Unknown 12/13/12, 9:26 AM  

Eager to try these out!

fresh modern 12/13/12, 9:45 AM  

I'd love to win these! I haven't tried them yet, they sound perfect for me.

Mike Dixon 12/13/12, 9:47 AM  

The socks are great, Thanks!

andrew 12/13/12, 11:23 AM  

Perfect stocking stuffers for the other runners in the family

caycemichelle 12/13/12, 12:57 PM  

My toesies are cold and my vibrams are smelly! Please help!!

Owen Yeates 12/13/12, 1:03 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway!

Guigou,  12/13/12, 1:39 PM  

ooloolooloolooolooolooolooloooloolo

Sarah 12/13/12, 2:09 PM  

Would love to try the new version!

Keith Gates 12/13/12, 2:13 PM  

Well that is a sweet deal.

Cody R.,  12/13/12, 3:12 PM  

i'd like to enter thank you!

i waaaaaaaaaant it

jamesbg,  12/13/12, 3:22 PM  

nice review. thanks for the chance to win.

Ray 12/13/12, 3:33 PM  

I've always wanted to try a pair.

Eric 12/13/12, 3:37 PM  
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Daryl 12/13/12, 4:04 PM  

Love Injinji... looking forward to socks that sound like they might be a bit more durable as well.

Enoch 12/13/12, 4:27 PM  

I'd love to win! Trail running has worn mine down a bit!

Andy Gutierrez 12/13/12, 5:11 PM  

Please enter me in the giveaway drawing.

Thank you.

Andy

george 12/13/12, 5:30 PM  

Who doesn't love some good toe socks?!

canuckjesse 12/13/12, 6:48 PM  

I'd love to try out the new version - I never did mind the old ones, but they didn't ever become my go-to sock.

Jay Fast 12/13/12, 6:57 PM  

Would love to win something before your blog goes silent. :-(

jake 12/13/12, 7:25 PM  

I like to wear socks.

Ozman,  12/13/12, 8:07 PM  

Sticking my toes in the water. Thanks.

Maggie Wolff 12/13/12, 9:29 PM  

I love Injinji socks, so I'm really looking forward to their new line! I'd love to try out a pair.

ChrisSuter,  12/13/12, 10:54 PM  

I have a pair and like them, how about some more??

Ian 12/14/12, 5:27 AM  

Count me in - thanks!

Doug 12/14/12, 6:46 AM  

Would love a Christmas goodie bag from Injinji

Yo Momma Runs 12/14/12, 8:08 AM  

Thanks for the giveaway! A sample pack would be awesome!

Unknown 12/14/12, 9:03 AM  

My current Injinjis have worn out fast... I'd love to test the durability of these new ones!

Chad 12/14/12, 9:50 AM  

Socks look great!

Jobu007 12/14/12, 11:35 AM  

Sounds like its time to give them another shot!

Nate,  12/14/12, 12:14 PM  

I'm a fan.

Justin_P 12/14/12, 12:55 PM  

Cool! Count me in.

Lisa 12/14/12, 1:02 PM  

I could use some new socks -- thanks!

Brandon Mulnix 12/14/12, 1:41 PM  

Injinji socks have come a long way over the past two years. This last fall I was starting to loss faith in their quality when 2 pairs only lasted 30-40 miles before a hole developed on the pad of boot feet. I was disappointed and starting to look for alternatives in toe socks. Thankfully I found some of the beefed up Midwight padded line. I bought 3 pair (sale), and wore one pair for an 8 hour period leading up to 100 miles. I used the same pair after washing them and ran 60 of 100 miles with them before switching to another brand new pair and running the last 40 miles of the Cajun Coyote 100 miler 2 weeks ago. I coulnd't be more impressed. I didn't need to change socks, but am in the habit during 100 miles to change. The only blister I had was on my heal and I contribute that to form. I ran in a brand new pair of Vibram Bikila shoes right off the shelf.
I am glad to see Injinji work to improve their product.
Thanks for the contest!

Hoy-Man 12/14/12, 3:54 PM  

I only recently started using Injinji socks. I have been running in Vibrams for almost a year, but my new KSO's were rubbing my big toe raw. Being in the military I was also recently informed that I could only wear my Vibrams to military workouts if i wore socks with them. Two birds, one stone. These socks eliminated the rubbing and gave me the chance to show up all my fellow military members in my KSO's. I would love to try out a few of their new socks.

R N W 12/14/12, 7:22 PM  

I would love to run in some free quality socks. Winter is bitter!

M. Louise Cunningham 12/14/12, 7:28 PM  

I would love to have those for the cold Maine winters!

AWO 12/15/12, 9:24 AM  

Good to know that there's a new line coming out.

Josh Jessiqa Morris 12/15/12, 3:08 PM  

Yes, please. Sign me up.

Jennifer J,  12/15/12, 5:53 PM  

Thank you! I need socks!

Trever Vay 12/15/12, 7:36 PM  

I could use some socks! I wore holes into my old injinjis

My Heart 12/16/12, 8:08 AM  

Me, Me, Me, please~

WVTrails 12/16/12, 12:24 PM  

Would like to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks.

dylan r.,  12/16/12, 1:47 PM  

just bought a pair...love them, time for 2.0 please!

Blair,  12/16/12, 1:49 PM  

I wouldn't mind the chance to try out a pair. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

Joe Myers 12/16/12, 6:12 PM  

If it's not too late to enter, I'd love to try out some Injinji socks!

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