I bought a new pair of dress shoes for work (bear with me, it has relevance to my sock review). As much as I’d love to always wear fancy, stylish shoes, I have a half mile walk into work, which makes practical shoes always the clear winner when deciding what I should wear on my feet.
I decided to forgo all common sense and purchase a pair of wedges that I absolutely loved.
I find that wearing shoes is somewhat similar to dating-at first, everything is great, you feel good and are quite happy with them. If after a while, you aren’t getting rubbed the wrong way, frustrated or wanting to toss them out the window, they are probably worth keeping.
Sadly, my wedges and I are going to break up. Fancy shoes are no longer fancy when you have 17 Band-Aids on your feet.
I was really regretting my decision to wear these shoes, since it was Tuesday- Six03 Pub Run night!
(see my previous post about my newfound love of group runs)
By the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was put on socks and running shoes
It was then that I remembered I had new socks from SLS3!
My immediate reaction was, “Clearly I haven’t learned by lesson-how about I stick to one new piece of footwear per day?” Again, against my better judgement, I decided to give them a try.
A lot of times, I have difficulty putting on socks similar to these-most are tight, and not stretchy. These were soft and fit perfectly (for reference, I wear a size 10 W and I received a pair of medium socks). Even though I had cuts all over my feet from the wedges, the socks did not rub or hurt AT ALL.
They were the perfect mix of comfort, breathability, support and style (I chose neon pink and yellow). These socks are well made, fit perfectly and I don’t foresee them having any hot spots that may lead to blisters with prolonged wear.
I really enjoyed receiving these socks and plan to purchase more!
If you are interested in purchasing some through Amazon, you can buy them here.
SLS3 has provided us with a discount code to share –
Use code DKJIJERK to receive $5.00 off a 3 - pack!
I received a pair of SLS3 compression socks for free from the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review.
This, in no way, affected my opinion of the socks, or the content of my review...
I Love Compression Socks in General. At First, I was torn on how they looked with my running skirts. Did they give off that cute school girl look? Or Do I Look like a Geriatric Patient Who Needs to Wear Compression Hose to Reduce the Swelling in my Legs? I chose to believe the former and have happily sported them ever since.
I Also Like Them For a Few Reasons Other Than Fashion. I view them as a transitional piece of clothing. There are those few months where, in my opinion, it is too cold to wear shorts to run, but I definitely don’t want leggings. Capris work, but since I need the pockets that my Sparkle Skirts provide, compression socks give me the perfect leg coverage during these 40-50 degree days.
As I have aged (gracefully of course), I am finding I am more prone to injury and take longer to recover after running events. I have found that wearing compression socks during a race, or even after, has helped my legs feel more refreshed and recover faster than not wearing them.
I was very excited to receive my socks from SLS3! I chose black with pink butterflies (I love butterflies!)
My first concern was since they were so soft AND so much easier to put on, would they provide the compression I needed?
I decided to wear my socks around my house post run. As much as I wanted to wear them for a run, there was no way I was sporting knee high socks in 80 degree weather. So I happily pranced around my house, wearing the socks. They definitely provided the same amount of compression that my other socks do.
I really enjoyed these socks and would recommend them, especially since they are priced much lower than other competitors’ socks.
For the price, comfort and compression level, I would highly recommend these compression socks
I received a SLS3 fuel belt for free from the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review.
This in no way affected my opinion of the belt, or the content of my review.
Fuel belts. It wasn’t until recently that I could understand the need for one. The majority of my races have been road races, where water stops are plentiful. And while marathon training, I usually just plan my long runs so I pass by my house numerous times so I can get a drink.
But lately, I feel like I can’t “trust” that some of my races will provide me with what I need. After one too many events where water/cups have run out, Gatorade has not been mixed correctly, or water stops have been miles apart and the temperature has been 90 degrees, I decided I needed a better solution.
I now own numerous hydration devices. I have a used Nathan belt I was given off of Freecycle, an Amphipod Hydration Pack that sits on my lower back, a handheld bottle and a newly purchased vest, which I plan to use for my fall ultra (yet to be tested). The Nathan belt is old and bounces like crazy when I run. The Amphipod bottle sits oddly on my lower back and has a tendency to leak, which makes it look like I couldn’t find a port-o-potty in time. Since I hold my iPhone when I run, the handheld bottle is relatively useless for me.
I was excited when I had the opportunity to try the
PR Hydration 3 bottle Running Belt by SLS3.
When it arrived, one of the first things I noted was that instead of the typical belt fastener, this one was Velcro. I liked that feature, as I find that as I run, I often need to adjust the waist size of fuel belts, and this method would make that a cinch. It contains 3 7 ounce BPA free bottles, all of which are dishwasher safe. There’s a nice zipper pouch, which would be great for keys or a GU packet, especially if you were running in shorts or pants that didn’t have pockets.
I tested the belt on a 6 mile easy run. (Since the run was so short, I cannot comment if this belt causes chafing or rubbing on longer runs.) It felt lightweight; so lightweight that I quickly realized I no longer felt the belt. Because of the location of the bottles, I didn’t have the dreaded hitting of the bottles every time I swung my arms. The bottles did not leak and there was ZERO bounce of the belt.
During my run, I tried taking each of the 3 bottles out. Both end bottles went in and out rather easily (I didn’t need to stop running to accomplish this). The middle bottle wasn’t as easy, but still doable while running. The only other concern I had regarding the bottle holders is the plastic that holds the bottles. I wonder if over time, will they break or stretch so much that the bottles are no longer able to be held as firmly as they currently are. (Time will tell!)
For the price/100% money back guarantee, I would highly recommend this fuel belt.
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About The Authors
A 25 Year Veteran of the Group Fitness Industry, Erika currently teaches Kickboxing, Step, and H.I.I.T. classes at Guilford Parks & Rec.
An Avid Runner, Lisa began her running career about 10 Years Ago.