Socks can be a treated as a bit of an afterthought when it comes to kit buying, but a bad pair can ruin your day on the hill in a very direct, uncomfortable way.
On the face of it, crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo should be an ideal way of creating all sorts of slightly leftfield outdoor kit. You know, the stuff you always thought would be great, but none of the established mainstream outdoor brands think it’s worth producing.
‘It is, says inov-8, ‘the world’s toughest shoe for running the world’s toughest long-distance trails’, but it’s also quite good for shorter runs in the Peak District’ – Jon Doran goes for a run to test out these claims (especially the second bit).
If you’re a climber, walker, mountaineer or runner, you’re pretty much dependent on the rubber on the soles of your shoes or boots to keep things sunnyside up or, in the worst case scenario, for stopping you cratering. But mostly we just take rubber compounds and technology for granted. So what’s going on? What makes one brand’s sole unit stickier than another’s and who makes the stickiest rubber soles?