Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SofSole Review and Giveaway

Bound to stay warm

This morning I went out for a nice little 3-miler.  It was pretty cool and the wind was from the north, which made it feel cold.  I pulled my Yaktrax out for the first time ever because we had about 8” of snow yesterday and the roads are covered with a mix of ice, slush, puddles, and salt/sand.  I loved using them, especially on the molehills we have on my running route.  One thing I was really happy about was having a pair of Sof Sole inserts in my shoes!  The Yaktrax are great for traction, but I could tell exactly where the treads were because there was extra pressure on my feet at those points.  Speaking of the insoles…



I was very excited when Sof Sole offered to let me try some of their products!  We all know that our feet can take a beating when we are running as they take hit the ground over and over and over again.  I was pleased when a package arrived with Coolmax Trainer socks and Airr insoles. 

According to the Sof Sole website, “The Sof Sole® Airr® insole is the first insole to combine an air cushioning system with moisture control technology. The Airr features an encapsulated air chamber for maximum cushioning and Coolmax top cover to provide climate control for the surface of your foot. Simply put, the Sof Sole Airr is the best performance insole available.”  I put the insoles in my current shoes, Asics GT2130s, that had about 240 miles on them.  I’ve been running with the insoles all month and this I can say:  I don’t think I’ll ever run in shoes without something like the Airr insoles again!  Wow, what a difference they made.  The first couple runs I took I had to figure out how tight and loose to make my laces; the insoles are taller than the insoles that came with my shoes so my heels kept sliding up and down in my shoes.  Once I figured out how to tie my shoes it has been wonderful.  I think the insoles are heavier than the original Asics insoles, but it doesn’t bother me in the least.  I am looking forward to wearing them during my upcoming race on 1/1/11!  I think I’ll have happy feet at the end of the race.



Along with the insoles there was a 3-pack of socks for me to try and comment on.  The Coolmax Trainer Socks have been wonderful and they really do wick away moisture keeping my feet happy.  I have run with them on the treadmill and have worn them around the house, they keep my feet warm on these cold days we are having.  I have not worn them outside because they are short socks and my running pants only go down so far.  I fear windburn or just really cold skin on my ankles if I wear them when it is cold outside because my ankles won’t be covered.  They are comfortable and I really like the banded instep that provides a secure fit and the deep heel pocket.  The socks are not tight and yet they don’t move or slide around.  They do not bunch and I’ve never had a problem with them.  I would definitely buy them again, although I may try out some of their lighter Coolmax socks so I can wear them during the summer.

Questions that remain for me:
  • How long do the insoles last?
  • Will I get more life out of my shoes using insoles?
  • Will the socks ever come in colors other than white/blue?

The kind people at Sof Sole have offered to giveaway a package similar to what I received to one of my lucky readers.  There are many way to enter the giveaway, just remember to leave a separate comment for each entry otherwise you’ll only get one entry.

  • Become a fan of Sof Sole’s Facebook page (1 entry)
  • Follow Sof Sole on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Follow my blog (1 entry)
  • Spread the good news about this giveaway, tell a friend, blog about it, share it on Twitter or Facebook (1 entry each)

The winner will be picked on 1/4 and will need to be able to provide me their address and shoe size.
We all sit in the garage on a kids' bike to get ready, right?
Disclaimer:  I bought and purchased the Yaktrax with my own money.  Sof Sole provided the socks and insoles to me.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

37 comments:

Darlene said...

I am a follower.

Darlene said...

I am a fan of SofSole on FB

Darlene said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog.

mindysmarathon said...

Thanks for the review. I've never tried insoles before...actually it never even occurred to me to use them. I might have to give it a try!

I'm a follower!

Happy New Year!

Karen R said...

I am a follower.

You look warm. Love the pink!

christina said...

Im a follower :)

Stephanie Anne said...

i follow you

Stephanie Anne said...

im posting to my blog

Jill said...

I am currently a FB fan. Yay!

Jill said...

I'm a follower!

Canadian runner said...

I am a follower

Velma said...

I follow you!

Velma said...

I follow on facebook

Velma said...

I follow on twitter

TZel said...

I follow you as bridgestranslation. Thank you!

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Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I like Sof Sole on Facebook.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I am following Sof Sole on Twitter.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I posted a link on my blog.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I am a follower.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I like SofSole on FB.

Great job getting out in the snow. Somehow it missed us. I was bummed. I love getting to run in the snow at least a few times over the winter.

Whitney said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

J. L. said...

I follow you

J. L. said...

I follow SofSole on facebook

J. L. said...

I told friends about your giveaway.

E said...

I'm a new follower :) Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and great blogging!

E said...

Posted your giveaway on my blog (http://13minutemile.blogspot.com/)

Running Librarian said...

I'm a follower!

Stacie said...

I'm a fan of Sof Sole on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I follow Sof Sole on Twitter ~ windyrunner

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on my blog.

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I tweeted ~ windyrunner

Kris said...

I like Sof Sole on facebook.

Kris said...

I am a follower.

Kris said...

I posted a link on my blog