Farm to Feet Raleigh ReviewMarch 6, 2018
- Cool runners
- Loose-fit toe
- Holds moisture
- Some heel sag
These thin wool-based socks are one of Farm to Feet’s lightest models and use mesh with different amounts of cushioning for padding and breathability. These were the favorite sock of two testers and the least favorite of one. Some testers had issues with fit, while others praised it.
These fit snug with some give during runs. The cuff hits just at the ankle, and there is no tab in back. Some testers took issue with the low sock hem sliding down in back or excess fabric by the ankle, especially in tighter-fitting shoes. Runners with more tapered toes reported excess fabric that would stretch or slip once the sock got wet. A few testers were sized right in between sock sizes and received different sized pairs, which explained some fit issues expressed when running in the miss-fitting pair. We only took ratings from the best-fitting size.
The Farm to Feet Raleigh sock uses “3D Active Knit Technology” to create a pattern of different densities in the sock, which provide channels for airflow between the foot and the shoe.
Most testers found these held up throughout testing, but one said they pilled early, though didn’t continue to pill after the initial wash.
We called in 10 pairs of socks from established brands as well as newer entries to the market. We tested a mix of socks that will either debut in spring 2018, or are 2017 sock styles that will carry over into 2018 with new colors or patterns. Samples of variant styles were sent to our testers, who as road shoe testers, tended to prefer low-cut, thinner socks. Some ran in taller, more cushioned socks, though testers judged each pair based on the design’s intended use. We focused on the performance features in the foot of the sock, and our testers reported differences in the low-cut socks tied to the shape of their feet and the types of shoes they wore.
Our testers ran in these throughout the fall in different climates, including Colorado, California and British Columbia. Most of the testing coincided with our road shoe testing, though several runners took these on trail and training runs, too.