Summer Sock Roundup: Going digital with Injinji’s Lightweight Mini-Crew

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Far and away the most unique socks in our summer sock roundup, the Lightweight Mini-Crew from Injinji’s Performance Line sure get a lot of attention- and attract a lot of questions.  The Coolmax/Lycra blend is proven, soft, and comfortable.  The cuff sits just above the ankle bone to keep crud out without being overly warm.  There’s a slightly compressive band around the arch- comfortable nothing too aggressive.  All pretty standard stuff- except for those toes.  Wriggle on past the break for the down low lowdown…

Yup, Injinji’s claim to fame is their AIS Technology- essentially the separation of toes into separate ‘fingers’ in order to reduce friction, wick moisture, and encourage natural toe movement.  Popular among the barefoot running crowd, the socks allow the toes to spread and move naturally.  All well and good, but in inflexible cycling shoes?

We’ve had several riders in Injinjis’ $10 Mini-Crews for a few months and the reactions have ranged from indifference to pretty enthusiastic, uh, enthusiasm.  Given the toes’ lack of dexterity, pulling toe socks on is rather more in involved than donning a pair of knit gloves- but easy enough unless you’re cold and cranky.  Even then it’s only somewhat trying.  The additional eight widths of fabric does make itself felt in tight cycling shoes- but most shoes have enough toe box space to accommodate the Injinjis.

Once on the road or trail, the Lightweight Mini-Crews are quickly forgotten.  No hot spots.  No dampness.  No weirdness.  One tester, having broken a number toes over a long motocross career, was especially appreciative of the way that the Injinjis kept his misshapen digits from being pressed uncomfortably against one another, becoming a true believer.  The only yellow flag has been some premature wear at the end of the big toes on one sample pair.

Off the bike and in lightweight sneakers, the Injinjis’ benefits are much more noticeable- where it seems that there really is something to the company’s claims.  In stiff-soled riding shoes, the advantages to folks with ‘normal’ feet are less clear.  Perfectly comfortable and reasonably priced, they’re still worth a shot.  Just don’t be surprised if they wind up being saved for off-bike activities.

marc

www.injinji.com

Comments

cat 1 doper - 08/30/12 - 12:05pm

What’s up with bike rumor doing these summer kit and summer sock reviews at literally the END OF THE SUMMER. come on guys…get it together.

Taras - 08/30/12 - 12:53pm

I love these socks for cycling and everything else. The reduction in sweat & toe discomfort is amazing

Juanito - 08/30/12 - 1:57pm

I used to go through bouts of athlete’s foot two to three times a year. Between the Injinji’s and Smartwool’s toe socks that has been eliminated. Of course, the lady friend still prefers that I don’t wear em with flip-flops….

Juanito - 08/30/12 - 1:58pm

Oh! And Cat 1, they make em knee high in wool. Good to 20 degrees F for me. There’s your seasonal correction.

Matt - 08/30/12 - 3:56pm

Would REALLY love to see some smelly hippies rock these with Birkenstocks. What totally useless piece of “cycling” equipment.

Marc - 08/30/12 - 6:12pm

Cat 1,

Thanks for what is a valid point. Unfortunately, we don’t always receive review items far enough in advance of the relevant season to spend the time needed to put together a good review. It’s a balance: time riding the product vs. seasonality. We’d need to be wearing winter tights now, for example, in order to have a few months’ riding in before December. Not only would that be unpleasant, but we’d have little to say about their cold weather performance.

That said, what we could do is re-run our summer sock and kit reviews for unchanged items next spring. Early adopters and Phoenicians could buy in the fall and the rest of us in the spring.

marc

Bill C - 08/30/12 - 9:08pm

I like late season reviews! I can get the stuff on sale :D

chris - 08/31/12 - 2:02am

Nice looking socks, interesting concept to transfer from running. Although more of a compression style sock, check out DissentLabs.com socks. Just released here in Whistler during Crankworx and I’m stoked on mine – never thought so much attention could be put into a pair of socks, but man are they better than the generic whatevers I’ve been using all these years. More mtb, ski, moto, focused, but definitely good product.

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