by Will Rietveld | 2006-01-30 03:00:00-07
X-Technology uses proprietary sewing machines to incorporate as many as 17 different fabrics and 8 different stitches into one pair of socks. X-Technology is based in Switzerland and X-Socks are the most popular socks in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria and have just recently been introduced into the US.
X-Socks pack an impressive amount of technology into a pair of socks. They have a 2-year warranty.
First of all, the socks are right and left foot specific in accordance with foot anatomy. Different fibers and stitching are used in different parts of the sock, depending on the purpose. Some of the sewn-in features specific to different foot regions include air conditioning channels, air guiding ridges, instep cushioning, toe protector, toe tip protector, self-adjusting cuff, high cushion shaft, X-cross ankle bandage, Achilles’ tendon protector, heal protector, and traverse airflow channel system. You get the idea…
The X-Socks Hiking model. The air conditioning channels and guiding ridges can be seen above the ankle. Different fibers and stitching are used in different regions of the socks.
As far as technology goes, these socks are totally amazing. I’m looking forward to trying them on the trail to see if I can really detect a difference in performance.
If the socks were not amazing enough, you should see their base layers. Their X-Bionic union suit will blow you away! It better, because it costs $350 for a base layer. It’s also available in separate tops and bottoms.
Here’s X-Technology’s version of a base layer! This one is a full union suit; they also have separate tops and bottoms.
"X-Socks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)," by Will Rietveld. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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