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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. 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 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 used to buy whatever sock was thin and cheap. A sock is a sock, right? Turns out I was wrong.
I first found these over at a Fleet Feet in Scottsdale when I was trying on new running shoes. They handed me a sock to use for the fitting and it was amazingly comfy and thin. Turns out it was a Balega. Because this version is very light and breathable and yet hugs the foot, they really reduce any kind of friction or irritation that might occur with cheaper/looser socks. They are of course seamless, which is a must-have in any sock these days. Plenty of pretty colors to choose from, as well as other versions--something for every runner. I would definitely NOT put these in a dryer, though. Like any good running sock, you want to wash them in cold water and air dry them.
I love these Balega Ultralight socks. They are comfortable. They do NOT slip down. They are sturdy and do not lose their shape, color, or fabric consistency through many wearings, washes, and drying. Best of all, they are thin enough! My feet swell at the end of the day, and especially while I am working out, and these are the only socks that do not make my feet feel like they are suffocating in my already 1/2 size larger tennies (to offset the swelling). I would and do re-purchase these and would recommend them to anybody.
So, I'm a spender. But I like to spend on things I WANT, not things I need. Specifically not SOCKS.
These. are. the. bomb. I will never work out with any other socks. They are pricey but I learned that you get what you pay for. I'll never wear another totally cotton sock to work out again. I highly recommend these.
I love these socks. They are cute and colorful, and they don’t make my feet hot while exercising. Since I like a tight shoe, I prefer thin socks. Pro: —The elastic stays up on the ankle —Colorful —Wicks h20 away Con: —Might be too tight for you? Perfect for me! —Price is high. You only get one pair.
Feels wonderful, and fits ok. They do shrivel up when washed. For the price, I expected better. I will be buying more of the Feetures brand in the future since they fit better and are more affordable. Slightly disappointed in these, but the material is silky smooth.
I loved these no-show ultra light socks. I could not even feel them when I had them on they were so thin and would not budge. The new ones that I just ordered were not as stretchy, were softer and very uncomfortable in my shoe. They constantly felt like they were slipping on the heel. They did slip when going uphill. I don’t know if they were mis-packaged or simply made differently. They were not the same sock. Returned unhappily.
I really like these socks. However, one pair, after some washings, became really flimsy in some of the fabric, causing it to tear when I pulled it on. Needless to say, given the cost, I'm more careful now when I put them on.