The Balega Ultralight are very thin and rather smaller--especially in comparison to the other models. I've bought size Large in every sock, and they vary quite a bit. (For reference, I normally wear a men's 10, though I wear 11s for running.) If you like thin small socks, you may like the ultralight. Or go a size big if you want them to fit more comfortably.
On the other hand, the Blister Resist were way too thick and large. They had so much excess material that they felt horrible and my feet moved around in them. They are very hot. The material on the top of the foot is actually very thin, but the bottom makes up for it. That said, They make a comfortable sock to walk around in on my wood floors in the winter. Since I won't run in them, I give them use around the house.
The Hidden Contour and Hidden Comfort are similar. The Hidden Comfort are a tad thicker. They are both a bit thicker and larger than the Soft Tread socks, but they are comfortable and nicer for winter weather, when I tend to wear them running. If I were buying more, I'd go for the Hidden Comfort. Mine have stayed superbly comfortable longer than the Hidden Contour and still feel more padded.
I like the Soft Tread best (for running) because they are thick enough to be padded and comfortable, but I have to pull them snug on my feet so there is no room for my feet to move against the sock. Also, they are not so thick that I feel my feet get hot -- and I run in 100 degree Texas summer weather. Finally, the Soft Tread are made R and L foot specific, which I've found to be helpful for fit. The Ultralights are as well, but not the other three models, if I recall correctly. Though the Hidden Comfort came with an L on each sock, that stands for "Large", not "Left". Also, the heel tabs on a lot of these sock models, including this one, are great and do a lot to make sure the sock stays in place.
Hopefully this review helps a few folks decide what Balega sock might be best for them if they're looking to purchase. If you have questions, comment and I'll try to answer them.
I have bought multiple pairs of these exact socks from various different stores in the past. As far as I can tell these socks (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016CL88E) are not genuine Balega socks.
* The weave of the fabric is not as tight. * The fit of the socks is not they same (they come higher on the ankle). * The lettering on top of the socks does not match my other Balega socks. * There are simple spelling mistakes on the packaging (eg. pereormance instead of performance). * The printed cardboard packaging says made in South Africa, but there is sticker on the outside of the package that says made in China.
The socks I bought were sold by ALXMJ SPORT BAND (https://www.amazon.com/sp?seller=A3OCO0GGZLIM0G).
These are comfortable, but not like any Belega I own. I believe I received counterfeit socks. Packaging says, "Made in China." Balega manufactures in South Africa and North Carolina only. Some wording on the packaging is "off." Logo embroidery on the socks is larger, and the elastic band around the ankle is missing.
I discovered the Balega brand after an internet search of running blogs. For the gym and running, I have always just purchased whatever white ankle socks happened to be on sale at Target or Sears. Finally, after years and years of suffering with socks that both stretch and thin out after a very short while, I decided to practice the "you get what you pay for" method and splurge on some nicer socks.
I am extremely happy that I did, and now I own five pairs. The are extremely comfortable, and since I have followed the washing instructions (no hot water, no bleach, no hot setting on dryer), they have not lost a bit of their fit, color, or comfort! A few days ago, due to procrastination, I had to search around and find some of my old socks (most are in the garage to use as rags now). It was such a disappointingly big difference that I almost used the excuse of not having my Balegas as a reason for me not to go run! Yes, they're that good.
I have taken a photo of one inside-out so you can see the stitching for the extra padding for the toes and sole. There is also a small tab in the back that helps to prevent the heel of these socks from being sucked down into your gym/running shoes.
The socks are not too thin nor too thick. Just perfect. I played basketball with it as well as train for a 10k run with it. My feet always felt cool while just having enough protection from blisters. I wear a sz 9 shoes and the M fits like a glove.
I went by the sizes in the product description and ordered a medium, since I am a female with a size 8 shoe. When I received them, I noticed the sizing on the product was different: according to the company, I should've ordered a small. They seemed ok when I put them on, so I thought it would still work - it was just half a size off, right? I wore them for the first time this morning when I ran 5.5 miles and I felt like I had two blisters coming up on my toes. The only thing I can think of is that they're slightly big, so they were rubbing more than they would normally. They seem to be great socks though, and I might consider ordering a small next time. Just wanted everyone to be aware.
I have NEVER liked no-show socks, and I was reluctant to try these, but they were highly rated and recommended. I love this socks. I will repeat that. I love these socks. They do NOT slip down. Recently wore them for a half marathon in the rain and they did not budge. My new favorite running socks. I want all colors.
I really hate to give anything just one star, but these socks do not fit and do not wick water away from my feet as expected. I have a very small foot (size 5 or 5 1/2 shoe), and I ordered a size small. They looked big right out of the package. I double checked the size, thinking there had been a mistake, but they are definitely size small. They're far too big for my feet. I wore them around the house for a few hours. They're not too bad for casual wear, but I wouldn't wear them for any athletic endeavor - I believe I'd end up with blisters. I bought these because of a high rating on a site that rated running socks, so decided to give them a try. They're advertised as being great to wick water from the feet, but they haven't done that for my sweaty feet either. I found feetures to be much more effective for me.