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Gear Guide 2012: Balega X Athlete Multisport Crew Socks

These socks use a fabric that promotes airflow without sacrificing comfort.
gg12_Balega_X_445x260Balega X Athlete Multisport Crew (Courtesy Photo)

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Most socks get warmer as they get thicker, but the Balega X Athlete Multisport Crew cushions feet without cooking them. Balega uses larger-diameter yarns and a “spacier” weave to promote airflow and moisture movement, and the durable polyester/mohair blend absorbs impact from rocky trails and heavy loads. A padded band across the front of the ankle prevents chafing. Bummer: The thin instep bunched. $12; 2 oz. (w’s S); balega.com

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