"Remember when a sock was just a sock? Gone are the days when your most pressing decisions were cotton or polyester, above the ankle or below. If your dogs aren’t equipped with the latest in sock technology (it exists!), you won’t be at your PR-busting best, whether you’re running an ultra or banging out burpees in the gym."
The PhD Run Ultra-Light Micro, made the list for the best socks of 2018 because it is "so thin that it's basically a second skin."
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“We don't give our socks nearly enough credit. A good pair of socks not only helps you stay warm (or cool enough), it helps stop blisters from forming, helps keep your feet dry, and provides a little extra cushioning for long days on the trail. Smartwool’s PhD® Outdoor Approach crew are the socks that get used first every laundry cycle. From an ascent of 10,541-foot Glacier Peak in Washington to a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail, the Approach kept our feet dry, cushioned, and blister-free.”
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“The weather is hot and sunny, but afternoon thunderstorms can change that warm day into a raging cold, wet nightmare within minutes. Packing for fickle weather is a must, but carrying gear while trail running, or mountain biking is a pain. What to do? Find yourself a jacket that packs down so small and light you won’t even know it’s in your pack. Enter the new Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket.”
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“This week, the weather in my patch of Brooklyn has careened violently between “turn on the heat…again” and “dammit, now turn on the AC.” That calls for a pair of shorts—but something with a little more plush comfort than the usual gym shorts. Solution: Smartwool’s Active Reset Shorts, which are made from the brand’s signature merino wool. They’re cozy enough to feel like sweatpants, but, y’know, shorter.”
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The Gear Institute - Best in Class Running Shirt
"Smartwool’s PhD technology is the main feature of the Ultra Light Tee, which gave it superior temperature and moisture regulating properties. To enhance breathability, Smartwool includes body mapped mesh panels in high heat areas specifically mapped to gender."
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