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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 made fun of people who have dedicated right and left socks. I also made fun of people who wouldn't stop raving about Balega socks. (I spend a lot of time with runners--ultra and marathon types, so socks are a common topic... we are an exciting bunch.) Anyway, I will keep my mouth shut now, because these are indeed magical. I don't know how to describe them other than "silky," but that's the sensation you get with them, and it is pretty great. But beware, this is a gateway sock, and in all likelihood you will soon need another 6 pair for the rest of the days of the week.
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 went to Fleet Feet store and was told I have inflexible arches because they are very high. I was given the recommendation to purchase Superfeet GREEN Full Length Insole Size B, in addition to Balega socks, and life has been so much better ever since. Granted they were more expensive, but I have more energy throughout the day and I do not come home with sore feet after a day on the job. I work as a nurse and am on my feet for 12 hrs per day. I used to come home and get foot cramps every night with super sore, tired feet; however, this combination has been an amazing Quality of Life Improver!!!
I love my balegas, specifically this style without extra cushioning. I have really high arches so I love the arch support in the socks. They are very durable; I get quite a few runs out of each pair. In contrast, I wore a pair of feetures today that didn't provide the same level of support and left my feet hurting for about two hours after I got home. That never happens when I wear balegas. I highly recommend these socks.
These are my favorite running socks. They breathe well and allow for just enough extra room in my shoes in the summer when my feet swell, thus preventing the dreaded black toenail. Prior to using this sock, I had three black toenails. The sock I used previously bunched up a little at the toes and became too thick on runs of 6 miles or more. I had even sized up a whole size with my running shoes and switching to these socks cleared up those issues. I have very small feet and these socks indeed feel like a second skin as they hug my whole foot. I love them so much that I started using them for my bootcamp classes too. The tab in the back has just enough cushion to prevent the back from sliding into the shoe. They also come in some really fun colors and it's been nice to move away from the typical white or black socks.
These socks are AMAZING! They fit like a dream! When you are wearing them, there is no bulging or bunching, no seams that rub on any part of your foot, and they breathe so your feet don’t get hot and sweaty. At first, I bought them just for when I exercise, but they are so comfortable, that I wear them all the time. I promise that you won’t go back to conventional socks once you’ve worn these. They are worth every penny!
These socks are amazing! I don’t know why, but I have never worn athletic socks before! I got my first pair at a 5k and immediately fell in love with the support and the cute colors. I would wear them and wash them as soon as possible so I could wear them the next day. I took these socks to Disneyland where we end up walking anywhere from 25k-35k steps a day and while I was there I ordered two more pairs because of how much better my feet felt in these socks. I wear a size 8 and order size medium in the socks. They are good quality, great support, and honestly really cute.
the quality is the best i have tried since I've taken up running. Nike running socks are harsh feel horrible against my feet and I get terrible blisters. Since wearing balega, i have not experienced this issue again. I now think that wearing top quality socks is as important or even more important that buying the right shoe.
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.