Gear Guide 2012: Balega X Athlete Multisport Crew Socks

These socks use a fabric that promotes airflow without sacrificing comfort.


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);