Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gear Review: Swiftwick Sock Review by Timothy Pitt

Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gear Review: Swiftwick Sock Review by Timothy Pitt

Product: Aspire Twelve Details: Made from synthetic olefin materials for compression heaven

Technology Information: The Aspire Twelve is made with many of Swiftwick’s signature technologies to include: seamless toe, olefin footbed, built in arch support, and their signature double welt compression cuff to make sure it stays up on the leg forever.

Pricing: $34.99 for a pair of the Twelve (full calf height) from or locally at Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville

Impressions: These socks are by far my favorite to wear for ANY road race, from 5k’s to marathons and every distance in between. These socks provide a competitive edge just short of super powers. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the benefits of compression are scientifically indisputable ! Compression increases blood flow, which helps during a race and improves recovery afterwards. I love it when I get asked about these socks at races!! The typical question is, “do you like them?” And my typical response is, “YES!! They keep the meat on the bones!!” It sounds silly, but that compression is comforting and I definitely feel like they reduce the chance of incurring a muscle injury or strain. I have tried other brands of compression socks, but these are the only ones that never slide down my calves.

Suggestion: I have shared my passion for these socks with many other runners. My suggestion to them when they get their first pair of Aspire Twelves is to learn the easiest way to get them on!! Max King has an awesome demonstration video on youtube!! Just follow this link:

Summary: Swiftwick builds the best full calf length compression sock on the market. Do your lower legs a favor and buy a pair to try out. After you run or race feel free to keep the sock on after to speed up the recovery process or put on a clean pair later.

Tim started running in the  spring of 2006 to get fit and healthy and since then has run every distance from 5km to 50km.  He is heavily involved with Fleet Feet Racing and in the promotion of running in his hometown of Arab, Alabama where he holds the distinction of being the fastest man in Arab.  His team biography can be found here.