A Review of Fox River Harding Crew Socks

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An in depth Review of Fox River Harding Crew Socks A Review of Fox River Harding Crew Socks www.runnerclick.com

The difference between running in a pair of cheap socks and running in a pair of quality socks can mean the difference between running with sweaty, possibly blistered feet or running in complete comfort. The folks at Fox River socks try and do just that: make comfortable, durable, quality socks for athletic endeavors to everyday use.

I got a chance to try out a pair of the Harding Crew from their Adventure Cross Terrain line.   What did I think of these socks? Keep reading to find out.

Materials

It’s all about the WickDry technology. No more sweaty, soggy feet. This particular pair was a blend merino wool, nylon, acrylic and spandex. Now before you go picturing a pair of sweaters on your feet, you have to know the difference between the wool sweater your grandma knit you and merino wool.

Merino wool is a fine grade of wool that is breathable and unlike some coarser wool, it is very soft. It also is able to keep a regulate temperature.  I used these socks in a variety of conditions, including a warmer weather hike as well as a snowy run. Both instances, my feet were comfy, cool and dry.  These shoes are well cushioned, and the first time I put them on, I was a little worried the thickness of the fabric, especially underfoot, would perhaps make for some warm, if not too warm, feet and might not be good for warm weather activities.  Luckily, however, this was not the case. The merino wool definitely did its job with temperature regulation.

Construction

Don’t you hate when you get a hole in the toe? I do. Luckily, Fox River has made sure to reinforce both the heel and toe of the sock with additional nylon, which is super important especially for high impact activities such as running.  It’s worth mentioning that the toe seam is smooth, so no worries about blisters or hot spots.

The way they knit the sock itself, which is called the URFit system, is a special design to ensure it doesn’t roll down. And I can tell you, it doesn’t. I took these socks out on plenty of runs as well as hikes, and they didn’t roll down once.  Actually, I was pretty amazed they didn’t.  A lot of crew type socks I have worn in the past do roll down, but not these.  And not only will it not roll down, they guarantee it will not roll down.

The sock also has vented panels to keep your foot cool and dry, and it definitely did. I was a little apprehensive at first. Like I mentioned before, the material around the foot itself, not so much the ankle area, seemed pretty thick, even though it says “lightweight” on the packaging. But upon wearing them, I realized they weren’t too thick or too thin. I used these on both mild days and cold days and they provided the prefect balance of coolness and warmth.

There is also an arch brace underfoot to give your foot a little extra support. I usually need a little arch support, be it an insole or a shoe with arch support built in. This was a nice little extra “hug” to my arch.

And last, I have to mention the sole. It’s got some great cushioning. The first time I put on these socks I was in heaven. The cushioned sole makes for one comfy sock. But as I said before, it’s still breathable.

Care

I have to briefly mention how to care for your Fox Sox. Machine wash warm. Inside out. Tumble dry low. Why inside out? To keep that staying up power, that’s why! And I did just that. They washed well time after time and the special knit design did not fail – they still didn’t roll down.

Style

I tried out the black and blue/purple. It was simple. Just stripes. Mainly black.  The Harding crew does come in other color options as well including Charcoal (gray and turquoise), Lime (yellow green and beige) and Cayenne (peach and tan). I liked the look of my pair, but also appreciated the other fun colors as well. No complaints on style here.

Cost

These socks go for about $14.  I know, that’s not cheap. I know plenty of you may be thinking, “I can buy a whole package of socks for that amount!” But I guarantee that those cheap socks you are thinking of are not as comfy, cannot control the temp of your foot as well and will most likely roll down. This is quality, guys.  The design of the Harding crew makes this a durable sock, so you will undoubtedly get a long life out of your pair of Fox River socks.

Bottom Line 

I adored these socks. Loved, loved, loved these socks. I could wear them all the time. They are seriously that comfortable. And since I adore them so much and have worn and loved and washed them much, I’m happy to report that there have been no signs of significant wear.

With the warmer months coming, these will end up being more of my hiking socks than running socks just because of the length. However, they will definitely still be making a frequent appearance, regardless of the weather.

And if these socks are this great, I’m sure I (and you) will love the others Fox River has to offer.

Some Options from FoxSox

Harding Crew Sock (Purple)
  • Harding Crew Sock (Purple)
  • 4.8 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Urfit system
  • Cushioned Sole & Toe
  • WICK Dry
  • Price: See Here
Harding Crew Sock (Lime)
  • Harding Crew Sock (Lime)
  • 4.8 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Urfit system
  • Cushioned Sole & Toe
  • WICK Dry
  • Price: See Here
Harding Crew Sock (Cayenne)
  • Harding Crew Sock (Cayenne)
  • 4.8 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Urfit system
  • Cushioned Sole & Toe
  • WICK Dry
  • Price: See Here

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