Endurance races are long. They are hard. They demand everything from your body. Hours upon hours of pedaling, pushing, churning the bike forward. And all of it, done with your feet.
The last thing you want to be thinking about is your socks while racing. Are they rubbing you wrong and making a blister?Are they still wet from that stream crossing hours ago? Do they feel swampy from sweat? Ultimately, you just want them to not feel like you're wearing them. And that's exactly why I wear Swiftwick.
I remember crossing a river 6 different times in the opening miles of this years Dragon's Tale race. My feet were soaked again and again. We immediately started a long steep climb up a mountain where every pedal stroke was significant to maintain traction and momentum. As we carefully picked our way up the switchbacks, my feet were rapidly drying and warming up. I wasn't sloshing around in my shoes. I was feeling weighed down by additional water saturating my socks. I wasn't distracted at all.
Two weeks later I was racing the National Ultra Endurance Series race the Cohutta 100. It rained all day. 100 miles of rain on a mountain bike is one of the most miserable things you can do, but my socks weren't contributing to that misery. They shed rain. They wicked sweat. They never let me down. I was comfortable in them for 9 hours.
I use Swiftwicks Aspire Seven socks because when I wear them they perform perfectly, every time. No hotspots. No blisters. Fast dry time. It doesn't get better than that.
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