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Playing a round of golf really takes a toll on my feet. The first thing I want to do after my round is take off my shoes and put my feet up. Heat and perspiration can also cause discomfort and blistering. I’ve never been willing to spend much money on something as simple as a sock, so I was very curious when I found out I’d be reviewing socks from a company by the name of Swiftwick. Prior to this review, I just looked at socks as something you put on before your shoes. They serve a purpose of absorbing sweat and drawing it to areas where air can evaporate the perspiration. Did you know the foot is among the heaviest producers of sweat in the body? It’s able to produce over one pint of perspiration per day!

A statistic like that makes me realize the importance of having a good sock. Swiftwick is an innovator in designing and producing the best active wear products on the planet. Their vision is to manufacture high performance compression socks that deliver a competitive advantage to every customer in their chosen sport. For those of you who are not aware of Swiftwick socks, let this review serve you as an introduction to a wonderful product that will change how you look at the socks you wear. These started as my go-to golf socks, but have quickly become a staple in my everyday wear.

FROM THE COMPANY
Our Performance Line socks are knitted at 200 needles; the highest density you’ll find in socks. The higher the needle count, the tighter the knit. Our socks are so tightly knitted that trail debris or foreign material can’t penetrate your sock to cause irritation and blistering. This structure creates a second-skin feel, prevents shifting or bunching and eliminates the risk of friction blisters while making your shoes fit more comfortably. Our high-gauge construction produces a softer, denser, and more durable garment. Wear Swiftwick and you’ll buy fewer socks — It’s that simple.

COMPRESSION
Compression improves blood flow and circulation, extending your endurance and peak performance. Every Swiftwick sock is a compression sock, built to last and produced on state of the art machines, right here in America.

Constructed predominantly at the 200 needle standard and with specialized, linked-toe construction, we are the technology leader and undisputed advocate for your feet. To test compression in the foot bed, Swiftwick uses a new three point compression test method developed by the Manufacturing Solutions Center in Hickory NC (formerly known as the “Hosiery Technology Center”). This testing discipline was created at the request of Swiftwick, the only company in America exclusively manufacturing moisture wicking, linked toe compression socks at 200 needles in both a synthetic and natural merino wool fibers.

Swiftwick customers are measured and tested athletes. Our socks are measured and independently tested too, by as many as three different laboratories. Swiftwick has developed and introduced the Managed Compression concept. While other sock guys focus on the region from your ankle to the knee, Swiftwick addresses the entire foot bed first and delivers a targeted compression value where it matters most.

Our shared goal: Swiftwick socks are not just more comfortable, but they stay on and they stay up, in the most intensive and demanding athletic environments.

Made in the USA
Domestic production affords us improved quality control. We keep a close eye on the sources of our materials and the integrity of our finished product. Swiftwick is proud to employ an American workforce, with all of our socks made in Tennessee.

Swiftwick Guarantee
We unconditionally guarantee every Swiftwick product to be the best performance product you have ever worn, or we invite you to mail us the laundered socks and a request for a competitor’s replacement pair of equal value. Visit HERE for more details. Try a pair. You’ll be hooked.

MATERIALS
Swiftwick uses the finest materials in every aspect of sock construction. The primary wicking material is merino wool or the durable extruded olefin — one natural, one synthetic. No cotton. No acrylic. No chemicals. No cheap nylon. No corners cut. If you want a natural material in your sock, shop the merino product line. Select synthetic socks to wander throughout various olefin based product lines.

NATURAL
Merino wool is a sustainable, naturally antibacterial and highly thermostatic fiber, which keeps your feet warmer on cold days and cooler on hot ones. Its extraordinary wicking properties, itch less feel and soft embrace will rejuvenate your feet and keep you dry.

SYNTHETIC
The most environmentally friendly materials and processes are used in building Swiftwick’s synthetic sock. As the only Nobel Prize winning fiber, olefin retains less than .01% of its weight in moisture. It also resists deterioration from detergents and perspiration. This produces a fast drying, lightweight sock with incredible breathability. The capillary action of trilobal nylons and multifilament olefin is a mechanical wicking action, which by design, manages moisture without the need for chemicals. Balancing for intended thickness, performance, cost and purpose. Each line is specifically constructed for fit and function.

PRODUCT LINES
PERFORMANCE
A sock that doesn’t wear out in a week of hard use? This is the firstborn, the tested, the beloved, the game changer, the elite, the original — Swiftwick PERFORMANCE sock. This is not your cotton, chemically treated sock. This is your heart beat. This is the high expectation, hole in one, get you through the tournament, grip it and rip it…….sock. Yes, it’s that sock.

ASPIRE
If Swiftwick claimed a masterpiece, the ASPIRE line would be our Mona Lisa. Perfect for narrow feet, the ASPIRE compression sock is constructed for unmatched comfort, moisture management and an optimal fit. It’s thin and light for minimalist running shoes, tight cycling shoes and the form fit hockey skate or ski boot. We eliminated the toe seam using linked toe technology, which means no bunching in the toe box, no pinky toe torture, and no event that you can’t finish due to blisters. …This sock will directly influence your game.

VIBE
Unique in the Swiftwick family, the VIBE line is a little more plush, and a lot more colorful. Using a half height terry loop throughout the footbed, the VIBE offers a highly consistent, thicker feeling with linked toe construction and slightly less compression. To carry the color, it’s flat knit, super thin upper is smooth and snug.

PURSUIT
Ageless — meaning never growing old, eternal, timeless. Constructed from Merino Wool, our PURSUIT line never goes out of style. Born from the same technology and spirit of our several synthetic lines except fused with the natural wicking and thermal properties of super fine, 36 micron Merino Wool from Australia, this is the only 200-needle compression wool sock on the market. Your feet deserve it.

PULSE
Tested and proven by world class Olympic athletes from around the globe, we have invested two years in perfecting the PULSE. The PULSE features linked toe construction on a 168 needle machine and is crafted for the skin tight environment of your track spikes, or the highly formed cycling shoe, ski boots and skates – The PULSE is the low volume sock of choice for speed. There is no compression sock thinner than the PULSE. The PULSE breathes, Helps you avoid blisters and features our new and exclusive micro silver bonding.

Thoughts on Performance
I’ve had the pleasure of wearing Swiftwick socks for a few months now and my feet can’t thank me enough. During this time, I have played well over 20 rounds of golf. The one thing I am seeing after each round is that my feet feel great. I feel like I can easily play 18 more holes after my first round is over. The one major difference I see is that my feet are dry. During a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, I played a number of rounds in the scorching heat and found that my feet were the only thing dry at the end of the round. Not only were they dry, but I could tell that the compression from the sock left my foot feeling like a million bucks. With my previous socks, I didn’t enjoy being on my feet all day. They felt sore, tired, and ready for some time off.

I have very low arches, so I also feel like the compression helps with some of that support. It was very typical for me to finish a round with my arches feeling like I had just run 10 miles. Another great quality I would like to touch on is that the Swiftwicks do not move as you move. There is nothing more frustrating than having to take off your shoe mid round to pull your socks back into place. Since wearing these socks I have never had to re adjust my socks mid round. I am now a firm believer in the importance of a good sock and I will continue to use Swiftwick socks every day!

For more information, you can check out www.swiftwick.com. There are a number of styles available, from ankle length up to heights that will provide compression to the calves.

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  1. GrantD says:

    Nice review. I think I might have to pick up some of the wool socks for the winter.

  2. Ryan H says:

    I keep telling myself I’m going to get some of these and then never do. Perfect holiday gift now that I think about it. Thanks for the review, Jarret!

  3. IceyShanks says:

    Nice review. It would be nice to have a pair of golf specific socks. These sound like a winner.

  4. Sharkwrestler says:

    I drank the Kool aid and bought several pair of the Aspire. Now They are the first socks i reach for when I’m preparing for battle on the course. I’m a believer in these , my feet feel great throughout the entire round. I usually walk for most of my rounds and the Swiftwick socks are def. everything they say they are.

  5. Cookie says:

    Nice job Jarret! I am so happy that I got turned onto these thanks to THP. I have a pair on now and the only time they are not my sock of choice is during dirty yard work as I don’t want to ruin them.

    My wife, a nurse, is on her feet 6-8 hours per day and I have slowly seen my socks making a transition to her drawers….funny how that works. She also uses them to workout and has really seen the benefits over traditional socks.

    I had my doubts, but they are worth every penny that I paid for them!

  6. DawgDaddy says:

    Glad to see 1-T got some socks, not just any socks but the best socks going. I have a different brand of performance sock presently but I will certainly give the Swiftwick’s a spin the next time I purchase new socks. Great thoughts buddy.

  7. War Eagle says:

    Wow, very in depth interview from Jaret. Thanks for the writeup buddy, very informative. I’ve been wanting to pick up a pair of these, as I have never heard one complaint about them, guess it’s time to do so!

  8. TC says:

    Solid review Jarret. I know you sold me on these socks and since I purchased them I wear them exclusively on the golf course. And, Oh yeah! They’re excellent to wear in the gym too! Nice work.

  9. DevRickus says:

    Great review Jarret. I need some new golf socks so these will be my next purchase. Thank you for taking the time to review this product.

  10. Jman says:

    Excellent stuff Jarret.

    I freaking love these socks, in fact, I’m wearing a pair at work right now, I’ve basically become addicted to the amount of compression they provide me and my flat feet. These really do live up to the billing, I never expected to think of socks as “special” at all, but these are. Good stuff buddy!

  11. Jjmorris says:

    Great review Jarret. I am with you on not buying into something as simple as socks being a game changer but it sounds like they are definitely worth it.

  12. SW says:

    Fantastic review Jarret! These socks are most certainly a cut above the rest.

  13. ddec says:

    Great review Jarret! Like you, I’m a believer in these socks. A great product that is worth the few extra $$

  14. JonD says:

    Great review Jarret. I have a couple pairs of these socks and have enjoyed them as well. Glad too see you’re seeing similar results.

  15. Jersey Nate says:

    Wonderful review, Jarret! Sounds like these are winners and I’ll definitely have to check them out, especially for next season!

  16. v.man says:

    Well done Jarret. I got turned on to these by your pre-review on the forum and bought a few pair. They are now my favorite socks for golf and I wear them every time out. They still look like new after a ton or rounds.

  17. Nate says:

    Very Nice One-T! I was the same, thought all socks were equal, but was I wrong too. Now they are all I wear to play golf now. Thanks!

  18. hanks says:

    Solid review buddy! Socks are something any golfer should invest in whether they walk or ride and these socks should fit the bill. Nice job!

  19. TheDue says:

    Great job Jarret, I’m in the need of compression socks for work and play, so looking at their site as we speak. Thanks for the indepth info here.

  20. Olde Atlanta says:

    Great review !! I ordered two pair today and will be putting them through their paces very soon !!

  21. Nathan says:

    Thanks for the review – now I’m $18 poorer for two pair on Ebay. 😉

  22. Staples says:

    Awesome review bro. You have sold me on Swiftwick, I’m ordering a few pairs tonight.

  23. Paulo says:

    Nice review Jarret!

    Great to see a product like this coming along and changing your opinion. Good on you for testing this product with an open mind – sounds like your game and your feet are thanking you for it now!

    I’m another who doesn’t spend a lot on socks, but I recognise the bit about that tired feeling at the end of a round….so these have me intrigued.

  24. ddxu says:

    I need to try these again. Need some white Zeros I reckon.

  25. Nathan says:

    I just played my first round with these. Awesome! They’re easily the best athletic socks I’ve ever worn and my feet feel better than they ever have after golf. Worth it!

  26. T0AD says:

    There’s only one thing wrong with these…..I only own TWO pair. I need to fill my sock drawer with them; they’re that awesome.

  27. hawk says:

    can anyone provide a comparison with how these feel/wear compared to kentwools?

  28. DHill37 says:

    Great review! I’m going to be ordering a few pair today.

  29. Mark says:

    Hawk asked if anyone can compare how Swiftwick stacks up against Kentwool. I’ll give it a shot.

    First, Kentwool socks have traditional toe seams. Swiftwick socks have linked toe technology. No toe seam. Swiftwick is all about performance, and every Swiftwick sock is a compression sock. The most popular Swiftwick golf socks use Olefin as the primary wicking material, delivering a thin profile, “second skin” feel — and here again, Swiftwick is unique compared to Kentwool.

    Obvious from the name, Kentwool makes thick merino wool socks. Swiftwick also makes a merino wool sock. Both companies use high quality merino as the primary wicking material, but here again, Kentwool seems to focuses on colors and fashion while the Swiftwick PURSUIT line of merino wool socks are compression socks. The performance advantage golfers seek is found in compression, a capability made possible by Swiftwick’s 200 needle construction, and superior moisture management strategies based on design. Here, Swiftwick has the Hat Trick.

    Overall, Swiftwick is less expensive. More PGA Tour Pros wear Swiftwick. Both companies leave the bigger brand name socks in the dust… just buy a pair of each and give it your own performance review.

  30. Tanner says:

    These socks are by far the best I’ve ever worn. They are ideal for any athlete looking for an extra edge. They wick away ALL moisture so you never get blisters and they feel great. I always thought blisters just came with he territory of being an athlete but it comes from poor quality socks. The mid-calves are especially sweet for any lacrosse player or hockey player. Highly recommend trying them out, you won’t go back to regular ole cotton again.

  31. Great! This pair of socks was very good to wear. Yes, blisters come from poor quality of socks. By wearing these kind of socks, you will not get blisters and you can also perform at your best. Thanks to the creator.

  32. Troy Vayanos says:

    Thanks for the review.

    I often get sore feet after walking 18 holes of golf. If these socks can help ease the discomfort on the soles of my feet then they would be a very wise investment.

    Hopefully they can be purchased online as I am based in Australia.

    Cheers

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