Bridgedale Unveils its First Waterproof Sock Range for Outdoor Fans

From Grough.co.uk by Bob Smith

Bridgedale-Storm-waterproof-1200-682x1024-1Outdoors sock specialist Bridgedale has developed its first waterproof range.

The Storm sock collection will be in shops from May and uses a HydroTech membrane to keep the user’s feet dry.

Bridgedale said the new Storm range has been designed and tested to perform to the highest standards in the wettest conditions when hiking, biking or running.

“Continuing to build on Bridgedale’s century-long sock making heritage, the 100 percent waterproof Storm sock guarantees foot protection and comfort on the wettest trails,” it said. “Even though Bridgedale has been keeping feet warm, dry and protected for many years, providing a good level of water resistance, this is the brand’s first 100 percent waterproof sock range.

“Using the latest production processes, the Storm sock combines advanced yarn technology with progressive design to ensure the waterproof, extremely breathable and windproof Storm sock never lets down any outdoor enthusiast.”

The construction uses an inner sock with up to 60 per cent merino wool for its anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties, combined with wicking synthetic fibres to deliver a stable temperature and move moisture from the skin’s surface. The lining has a terry loop underfoot cushion that extends around both the toes and over the heel.

Over this, the HydroTech membrane is a waterproof, breathable, high-stretch and windproof permeable membrane, which is laminated to the inner and outer layers

The nylon outer protects the waterproof sock against abrasion from footwear. Lycra provides stretch for a snug, comfortable fit and to prevent the sock falling down during activities. As well as Lycra running through the inner and outer sock, it is also added around the arch of the foot to keep the sock firmly in position, reducing any bunching or rucking inside the shoe or boot that could cause irritation.

The waterproofing rating for the membrane is better than 8,000mm hydrostatic head, and it has a moisture permeability of more than 12,000mg/sq m/24hours.

The socks will come in three lengths: ankle+, boot and knee, and three weights, from lightweight through to heavyweight.

Prices will range from £32 a pair for the lightweight ankle socks to £45 for the knee-length heavyweight version.

More details about US Pricing and availability coming soon.

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Bridgedale’s Colin Sanders Rowed Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean

He did it! Colin Sanders, 64, rows solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness and funds for Community Living

From Community Living Ontario

English Harbour, ANTIGUA – Colin Sanders was greeted by ship horns and a hero’s welcome when his boat entered Antigua’s English Harbour yesterday evening (March 2, 2018) after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean for 83 days.

The resident of Port Hope, Ontario began his journey called A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 from the Canary Islands’ Puerto de Mogán on December 10th, 2017. Over that time, Sanders endured a capsizing, difficulties with his equipment, and food poisoning, all while rowing the ocean by himself.

“No one is happier to have made it across the ocean than I,” said Sanders, as well-wishers looked on.

“I’m not a spring chicken. I’m 64, so the day-to-day grind of rowing across the Atlantic was probably the toughest challenge for me.”

A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row was also an awareness and fundraising campaign for Community Living Ontario and its member organizations, who raised a combined $145,500. Sanders’ adult son, Jeff, is supported by Community Living Campbellford/Brighton in Cobourg, Ontario.

“More people have been to space than have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean by themselves. Colin’s adventure illustrates that we can all achieve great things with adequate preparation, the proper support and sheer determination,” said Ron Laroche, Director of Communications, Marketing and Fund Development for Community Living Ontario.

John Beeden was also on hand for Sanders’ arrival. Beeden, who has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on his own, sold the ocean row boat to Sanders.

Sanders has been chronicling his journey with regular blog posts, which are available by visiting www.soloatlanticrow2017.com.

A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 was generously sponsored by Ocean’s, Nite Ize, CSBT, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Frank Cowan Company, and Bollin Group Inc (Bridgedale.)

CONGRATULATIONS Colin!! Well Done!

 

Backpacker – The Best Gifts For Hikers of 2017 – Bridgedale Vertige Light

Searching for the perfect present? We did the work for you. Presenting our picks for the best gifts for hikers that money can buy, arranged by price.
BACKPACKER Editors & Contributors

 

Vertige Light:

Lightweight, over the calf MerinoFusion™ ski sock featuring Men’s Precision Fit System incorporating LYCRA® throughout for a supportive, wrinkle free fit. Tactel® shin pad for reduced friction plus micro-terry underfoot pads.

Description:

For technical piste or powder skiing the Vertige Light is the ideal sock choice. A lightweight construction with targeted padding in key areas ensures comfort all day without compromising the performance of modern ski and board footwear. As at home on technical piste, the powder of the backcountry or ski touring in the mountains the Vertige light is the perfect performance ski sock for accomplished enthusiasts looking to push their winter adventures to new places.

Fiber Content:

  • 20% Merino Wool
  • 20% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 51% Nylon/Polyamide
  • 7% Tactel/Nylon
  • 2% LYCRA®/Elastane

Bridgedale Trailhead – Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year

Blue Ride Outdoors selected Bridgedale’s Trailhead sock to be among their Gear of the Year. For me see below or check out their full list here.

Blue Ridge Outdoor Gear of the Year: Tried and Tested Goods From Our Time Outside in 2017

Bridgedale Trailhead $19

The Bridgedale Trailhead provides targeted cooling ventilation exactly where it’s needed most. The signature T2 anti-compression cushioning at the achilies heel and metatarsal head combine with 30 percent Merino wool to offer crucial longevity on long distance trail jaunts.

Bridgedale Trailhead

Targeted cooling ventilation exactly where needed. T2 anti-compression cushioning at achilies, heel and metatarsal head.

Fibre Content:

  • 41% Nylon / Polyamide
  • 29% Merino wool
  • 29% Endurofil™/Polypropylene
  • 1% LYCRA®/Elastane

3 Year Guarantee

If you are not completely satisfied with the quality and performance of your Bridgedale socks at any time within 3 years of purchase, return them to the place of purchase together with proof of purchase for an exchange. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Merino

Merino Wool is the finest wool used in the Bridgedale range. Merino Wool offers superb softness and touch next to skin. Merino Wool also provides excellent thermal and moisture control properties.

T2 Anti-compression loopTechnology, exclusive to Bridgedale. This is a loop within a loop which offers an additional level of impact protection; the inner loop has even more resilience than the outer loop for cushioning when you need it. T2 pad technology has been knit into the pressure points: ball of the foot, lace up

Outdoor Sports Guide – Essential Running Gear

The Outdoor Sports Guide released the 14 essential racing gear picks by Jenny Willden.

Originally they released their list as essential gear for the spring, however, items that work well for spring also work great for the other shoulder season: fall.

Among the picks were Groove Ring and Hilly Socks.

Groove Ring

Protect yourself from dangerous ring avulsions by wearing this silicone ring instead of your wedding band. Made for athletes on the move, its breathable, sturdy design is great for running, swimming, and cycling. Heat resistant, hypoallergenic, and guaranteed for life. $30

Hilly Marathon Socks

Built for long runs, this sock has Polygiene for permanent odor elimination and a light cushion in pressure zones for all-day comfort. $13

 

Hilly Wins Gold

After 100,000 votes the results are in…

Click here for the Free 2017 Running Awards brochure. It’s the independent compilation of the best in running featuring all the winners, interesting interviews, information and more, as voted for by runners!’

Additionally RoadTrailRun.com published the following review of Hilly socks.

We had never heard of Hilly Socks but we sure have heard of founder Ron Hill, the 2nd man to go under 2:10 in the marathon, Boston winner, and 2 time UK Olympian. Oh lest we forget the owner of the longest continuous running streak on record, over 52 years of at least a mile a day. A textile engineer by training Hill has for decades been a running apparel innovator.
His Hilly Sock line is 100% focused on running and it shows. Various anatomical left right models are available in Mono Skin, single layer and Twin Skin dual layer anti-blister. Jeff and I tested both types and both preferred the Mono Skin Marathon and similar high visibility Lumen Classic models.
With a dense weave as with many Features they are somewhat softer, stretchier, and more comfortable than the Feetures and easier to put on. Fit is perfect and moisture absorption outstanding. They are lightly cushioned. The Marathon also features an effective (we tested…) Polygiene odor prevention. Socks also available in women’s styles.

Review: Hilly Running Socks – Run Oregon

From Run Oregon

What Run Oregon is Wearing: Hilly Running Socks

 

Brian’s Impressions:

Socks are probably the second most important piece of a runners gear (have you ever tried to run with unhappy feet), but it seems that it is an aspect that most people don’t talk about and didn’t get much attention until recent years. I’ve always preferred my socks snug and usually low cut so these were right up my alley. The fitment is so good that I even enjoyed the higher cut than the ankle socks that I generally pick.

The Lumen was my favorite by virtue of it’s highlighter yellow color alone, but I definitely noticed that I could wear them all day at work without dealing with some sweaty appendages after 10 hours and they were still comfortable to run in after. There was no sliding or bunching issues at all regardless of pace. The Marathon Fresh model was just as comfortable and it was in these that the extra cushioning built into the sock was a little more noticeable. They weren’t bulky, I like to keep my shoes fairly snug when I run and it wasn’t necessary to loosen them. The TwinSkin anti blister sock is a dual layer design to prevent friction as well as be more durable in the areas that tend to wear out (heel and toes). It did a great job, felt comfortable and never made me feel overly warm.

 


Geli’s Impressions:

I like socks, and especially, of course, those that make my feet happy. Hilly Socks have many features that help my feet feel very happy. Two different kinds of Hilly socks I have tried are mono-skin and twin-skin varieties. The mono-skin socks are constructed from one layer of fabric, like all my other socks, while the twin-skin socks have two layers of fabric. The twin-skin construction helps avoid blisters, since any friction will be happening between the two layers of the sock, not between the sock and your foot. They feel a little bit thicker than the mono-skin socks, but they stayed in place, worked well, and didn’t cause me any trouble all day.

The third kind of Hilly sock in my drawer is the Classic Lumen. The socks are bright yellow with added reflective striping for nighttime visibility. They fit just as well as the other colors, and the bright colors will be fun to wear at races and during low light running times.


Joe’s Impressions:

Like Geli, I like socks, and while I have plenty of running shirts and shorts, it seems like you can never have enough running socks. So it was fun to get a chance to test some socks from a company I hadn’t heard of. I received three kinds of Hilly socks to try: Two types of TwinSkin anti-blister socks (low-cut and medium height) and a pair of anti-odor socks.

The first pair I tried was the Marathon Fresh Anklet style, with built in odor fighting features. The jury’s still out on their long-term durability and resistance to stinkiness (though they seem to be holding their own in both categories so far), but they are easy to put on, very comfortable, and didn’t sag or slide down during a run. In fact, I barely noticed I had them on, always a good sign for running garb. Add the nice ergonomic design and pleasant colors, and these socks are a welcome addition to my running hosiery collection.

The TwinSkin Anklet and Socklet socks promise to reduce blisters through the use of two layers of material that slide with each other rather than against your skin.

I have had good experiences with similar socks from Wrightsocks, so I expect this design to also work well in the Hilly versions. Although it takes a little extra effort to smooth out these socks and get the two layers to align without wrinkles, the comfort and fit is worth it. While I haven’t had problems with blisters for the last few years (knock on bunion), an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so I appreciate the twin layer technology. I usually shy away from low-cut socks, but the TwinSkin Socklet version was just high enough to be comfortable. Again, neither pair sagged and once I was running, I barely noticed I was wearing them. Good fit, nice colors, and a choice of features makes Hilly a good option in the wide world of running socks.

 


Robin’s Impressions:

When looking for the perfect sock to meet your feet’s specific needs, check out Hilly Socks’ four different ranges of socks: Compression, Urban, Trail, and Night.

I field tested socks in the Urban category as well as Night. As Geli mentioned above, I too like socks and I especially like socks that are comfortable and keep my feet dry. Slipping into a pair of the Lumen and TwinSkin is like slipping into Cinderella’s glass slipper. The sock might seem a little unforgiving at first, but when you put it on, i is a perfect fit. The TwinSkin has improved their drying rate by 25% and transfers moisture from the foot to the surface of the sock. The double-layer construction also features vented upper and arch grip to keep feet feeling cool. I felt the sock was incredibly durable and especially strong on the toe seam. I have strange feet and as I run, it seems my toes require more and more room. The socks are strong and durable, but not so tight that toes are smashed into each other and crowded. (This feels like a perfect segue for a Joe’s Toes comic.)The Lumen socks also feature High Wicking Coolmax Extreme Fabric and vent panels to improve breathability for those sweaty feet. The socks are designed anatomically to be worn by the left or right foot depending on the corresponding “L” or “R” printed on the toe. I found these to be comfortable, almost molded to my foot and will be one of my favorite socks for day time or low light situations.


About Hilly Socks:

With a PhD in Textile Chemistry, [Hilly founder Dr. Ron Hill, MBE] was able to combine his expertise and running background to design and revolutionized a core range of technical socks to cater the needs of the runner.

The range was split into two categories namely: Mono Skin and Twin Skin. The Mono Skin (single layer) range included the Marathon Fresh, Off Road and Super Racer Plus (now renamed Lite) and the Twin Skin (double layer), Moisture Management. All four socks have been improved over recent years.
The company has continued to grow and is now one of the UK’s leading brands of technical running socks and accessories.

For more from Run Oregon Check them out HERE

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