Hello everyone, I just thought I’d write a quick post on a pair of socks I tested out that are new on the market; Cariloha Bamboo Socks!
Cariloha is the world’s only retail brand with stores that are completely merchandised with ultra-soft, comfortable clothing and accessories made of bamboo. Now, you’re saying to yourself, Bamboo? How can Bamboo be soft? Well, they process the bamboo so it’s soft, cool, clean and green! Cariloha makes shirts, shorts, scarves, dresses and tons of other cool clothing options.
Before this starts to sound like a covert advertising ploy, there is a reason I’m writing this in my blog. I wanted to test out one of these products to see if they are actually good. We hear it all the time, “The best” this and “the best” that, I wanted to see for myself. One of Cariloha‘s newest products is Bamboo socks. Since Bamboo keeps you up to 3 degrees cooler than cotton AND wicks moisture away from the body, what better “real life” test on these socks than a Triathlon in beautiful Kona, Hawaii.
Since I was vacationing in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for 3 weeks, I signed up for the Post-Ironman Sprint Triathlon on October 30, 2011. It was a sprint Tri which entailed an 1/3 mile open water swim in Kona’s beautiful harbor, a 10 mile bike along stunning Ali’i Drive followed by a quick 2 mile run.
I obviously didn’t wear the sock during the swim, (a typical novice Triathlete mistake) but did rock them during the ride and run. Sure, it takes a couple extra seconds to slip on the sock but it’s well worth it during the ride AND especially during the run.
The swim went off without a hitch and I rocked it out on the ride, battling with about 4 others till the turn around but then I laid the hammer down and dropped them net flicks and finished without them insight. On the run, I kept the pace high and finished strong. Enjoy the pics and video’s below.
Now, about the socks, I have to say that they were ultra comfortable AND they did keep my feet nice and cool in the extreme Kona heat. It was 80 degrees at 7:30 in the morning. They slipped on quickly after the swim and with whatever moisture I had on my feet from the swim, I didn’t notice it during the ride. Awesome.
The cooling and comfort kept going during the run. Comfortable socks are a necessity when I run and these socks were fantastic!
I placed 11th out of 50 if you were wondering.
Final Verdict – the NEW socks from Cariloha are a Triathlon (or whatever sporting event you’re competing in) worthy sock that keeps you comfy and cool during the toughest, most challenging events. 10 out of 10. Thanks Cariloha for making a pair of socks that actually keep you cooler during a hot triathlon!