Choose the right running socks – the new VECTR range
Shoes have historically hogged the spotlight, but now we know and appreciate the importance of socks when it comes to both performance and comfort in running sports. The new 2XU VECTR range gets it – you want to choose socks in the length and level of cushioning that feels right to you and suits the needs of your activity. Across the range, all VECTR socks boast design features that will give you happy feet – and happy feet perform better!
The VECTR advantage
No matter what their length or cushioning level, all VECTR socks feature an ergonomic fit to the foot (so socks are marked ‘L’ for left and ‘R’ for right), which helps stabilise the foot and ankle. Combined with 2XU compression technology, this also helps reduce friction and abrasion that can cause blisters. Compression at the foot helps improve blood flow back to the heart, as well as foot-strike and push off. X-LOCK technology – a strong nylon panel through the arch and over the base of the Achilles tendon – helps protect the plantar fascia (a thick band of connective tissue running along the sole of the foot) by providing support to the foot, which in turn also helps prevent blisters.
When it comes to comfort, these smart socks have solutions to everything. There is additional cushioning and/or reinforcement through the heel, a ‘propulsion pad’ to cushion forefoot impact, and dry mesh panels to let the feet cool and allow moisture to escape the sock. A linked toe cage increases the comfort of the toes and helps the sock hold its shape.
Sock length is largely a personal preference, although longer socks with compression offer additional support to the ankle and muscles of the lower leg. The new 2XU VECTR socks come in four lengths, ranging from low rise (“no-show”) to ¼ crew (covers ankles), crew (mid-calf) and knee-high. The low-rise sock is great for hot conditions or for those who like the feel of their ankles being “free”. A ¼ crew sock works well with full-length compression tights, while the crew sock offers good ankle support for those not wearing full tights. The knee-length sock provides maximum support to the calf to help muscle stability and reduce muscle vibration that can lead to soreness and fatigue.
3 cushion levels – who needs what?
Each length of VECTR socks are available in three different cushion levels – Ultralight, Light Cushion and Cushion.
Thinner socks are good for people whose feet sweat a lot as they will allow your feet to dry better. With just 1.25mm of cushion, these socks also provide a less constricting fit for people with bulkier feet, and they help give a greater “feel” for the ground. Despite the sock’s thinness, there is still cushioning where it counts – at to toes, heels and on top of the feet.
This is a combination of performance and protection, allowing great ventilation to the foot while providing generous abrasion protection to all the vulnerable areas. These socks have double the cushion level of the Ultralight models, with a 2.5mm cushion.
At a plush 3.25mm of cushion, these socks can provide greater comfort over very long runs, especially on trails. They can also trap more warm air around your feet to keep them warmer in the cold, and they can help some runners with narrow feet get a better fit from their shoes, which can prevent their feet sliding around and creating friction inside the shoe.
2XU VECTR Light Cushion socks are also available in Merino, a type of sheep’s wool world-renowned for its durability. These socks keep the hard-wearing nylon in the X LOCK system and mesh panels, while Merino wool goes into in the cushioned areas to give you a swish level of comfort. You can also thank the Merino sheep for helping you maintain your popularity – its wool has antimicrobial properties, so these socks won't cause a stink.