Thorlos Experia Review

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Running is an intensive sport that requires a certain kind of gear to power you through to the finish line. That’s where the Thorlos Experia comes in! This sock offers incredible features that improve your performance and keep you comfortable while you run.  Its aerodynamic design and lightweight frame let you reach maximum speed without feeling bulky or weighing you down. Thorlos Experia socks have an innovative Achilles Tendon pad which protects that delicate area from blisters and better stabilizes the heel.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Moisture Management 
  • Achilles Tendon Pad
  • Low-Cut
  • Machine Washable
  • Blister Protection
Cons
  • Prone To Rips

Style

Thorlos Experia is a running sock that offers an aerodynamic design perfect for this kind of activity. Its low-cut length that looks good with all types of running gear, even shorts, and sneakers without looking silly. Socks that sit too high up the calf aren’t very stylish when worn with shorts so having a low-cut option is a must if you train during the summer.

A really great aspect of the Thorlos Experia is the many colorways it comes in. The design offers two contrasting colors which include ice, ocean, blossom, night grey, and Rio tangerine. These are just a few of the many bright hues available that make the Thorlos Experia such a stylish choice of hosiery.

Protection

Running is an intensive sport that requires a certain level of protection from the gear you choose to wear. The Thorlos Experia offers a lightweight Achilles Tendon pad that protects the delicate heel area against rubbing and friction-related issue. This is a must in order to prevent blisters which affect your overall performance and can really slow you down while you train. Once you get a blister it will take weeks to fully heal which is a real pain for anyone who enjoys living an active lifestyle.

The Achilles Tendon pad doubles as a functioning heel lock to better stabilize the area. Keeping your heel in place while your train is difficult at best because with every stride you take it will have a tendency to lift inside your shoe. This lifting makes the area more vulnerable to injury and impedes overall performance because your foot isn’t as stable when it’s in a lifted position.

Moisture Management

Controlling moisture is tough especially while you train. Our feet overheat during strenuous activity, not to mention the heavy fabric of both the shoes and socks we wear. This leads to excessive sweating which is uncomfortable and leaves you more vulnerable to irritation from the damp material rubbing against your skin. Thorlos Experia socks have built-in THOR.WICK® COOL fiber in key areas that offer superior moisture management technology.

This innovative fiber has a quad-channeled cross-section that makes it extra soft and cotton-like. It has top-of-the-line moisture-wicking properties that draw excess sweat away from the skin and push it outwards.

At the same time, THOR.WICK® COOL fiber gives you enhanced blister protection during high-impact activities like running. This unique design feature prevents irritation from sweaty feet which is such a common problem among athletes of every skill level.

Weight

Wearing a pair of socks that are uncomfortable is downright unpleasant. Luckily, Thorlos Experia is an enjoyable option that fits like a glove and keeps your feet nice and cool while you train. Its ultra-lightweight sock frame made from Nylon covered LYCRA® makes for an aerodynamic fit that is more streamlined to the contours of your foot. This is an ideal design for running and other athletic activities when you want to have the least excess material as possible.

The Thorlos Experia comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs ranging from men's size 6-14 and women’s size 5-11.5. Having so many sizing options makes for an easy shopping experience because you won’t have any trouble finding ones that fit you well.

Most wearers find the Thorlos Experia fits true-to-size and that its sock-like feel is enjoyable. Though, so people have trouble with the tight fit and find that it’s a bit constrictive and feels like a compression sleeve. This design is ideal for running and other athletic activities but if you’re not comfortable with wearing something that fits snug then you might consider shopping around.

Materials

Thorlos Experia offers a superior combination of materials that make for a cooling and breathable design. It's 66% THOR.WICK® COOL, an innovative fiber exclusively Thorlos’ that controls moisture and lets plenty of air circulate through the material. A 20% Nylon covered LYCRA® structure makes the Thorlos Experia fit like a glove which is ideal for running when you want to have an aerodynamic fit.

An important element with the socks you choose to wear is how easy they are to care for. Thorlos Experia socks are 13% polyester which makes it easier to wash without having to use special steps. Polyester is an easy material to care for because it doesn’t shrink when tumble dried and can simply be machine washed.

Lastly, the 1% elastic ensures that the socks won’t slide down while you train which would be a real irritation. So many socks just don’t stay up when you engage in physical activity and end up leaving your skin exposed to rubbing and blisters.

Care

Some socks are just too difficult to care for because you aren’t able to machine wash or even tumble dry them. The Thorlos Experia isn’t one of these pairs! It can easily be machine washed and dried as long as you turn them inside out. Doing this keeps the pads fluffed and extends the product life for quite some time.

Be sure to include a liquid fabric softener because it will lubricate the fibers and keep them at their best for longer. Just be sure not to use any bleach and never use an iron with this material. You can tumble dry on low to medium but anything higher will pose an issue and could make them shrink.

Brand

Thorlos is a brand that has set itself apart from the competition. With clinically-tested padding at the core of its technology, Thorlos is a trusted name in athletic apparel. Since the early 1980s, this has been a go-to label for athletes from all around the globe. Founded by Jim Throneburg, Thorlos has long aspired to bring something new to the world of foot protection and has delivered beautifully on their goal.

To realize its vision, Thorlos has three core practices; listening to the customer, creating a nurturing environment, and providing the consumer with valuable information. These practices have created a more human approach to business and make the customer feel a connection with the brand of running gear they choose to wear.

Fit

Wearing a pair of socks that are uncomfortable is downright unpleasant. Luckily, Thorlos Experia is an enjoyable option that fits like a glove and keeps your feet nice and cool while you train. Its ultra-lightweight sock frame made from Nylon covered LYCRA® makes for an aerodynamic fit that is more streamlined to the contours of your foot. This is an ideal design for running and other athletic activities when you want to have very little excess material.

The Thorlos Experia comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs ranging from men's size 6-14 and women’s size 5-11.5. Having so many sizing options makes for an easy shopping experience because you won’t have any trouble finding ones that fit you well.

Most wearers find the Thorlos Experia fits true-to-size and that its sock-like feel is enjoyable. Though, so people have trouble with the tight fit and find that it’s a bit constrictive and feels like a compression sleeve. This design is ideal for running and other athletic activities but if you’re not comfortable with wearing something that fits snug then you might consider shopping around.

Durability

Unfortunately, a common issue seen with Thorlos Experia is rips and tears. This is especially true around the heel and seams. Unfortunately, the stitching has no reinforcement in areas of high-wear which means that they don’t last as long as they could. Some people have had issues after only a few times but they will usually last for several months without ripping.

This isn’t too big of an issue because they sell for an affordable price and come in a value-pack to save even more money. Plus, you expect that a running sock will end up ripping because of all the tough wear and tear you put it through.

Comfort

Despite having innovative technology that lessens the chance of blisters and rubbing, Thorlos Experia is less than comfortable for some. The main issue is the lack of padding in the arch area. While this is common, especially with a running sock, some people find that it just isn’t comfortable enough. Running socks should be thin because you want a streamline effect while you train but some people prefer a more cushioned feel to prevent foot fatigue.

The unique features and superior arch support are enough to keep your feet feeling rejuvenated though so you won’t end up with achy feet after a long run. Overall, the Thorlos Experia is enjoyable to wear and most people think it’s comfortable. If you prefer bulkier padding you might consider a different style because this pair is a little on the thin side.

Bottom Line

Overall, Thorlos Experia socks are an excellent choice for running and other physical activities. Their innovative blend of materials control moisture and keep your feet cool by allowing for plenty of airflow inside the fabric. This is a must while you train otherwise you’ll be uncomfortable. Moisture control is a big deal because it lessens the chance of getting a painful blister and prevents other friction-related discomforts.

Thorlos Experia is a lightweight and streamlined pair of socks! It has specially placed cushioning to reduce the overall weight as much as possible without sacrificing comfort and stays perfectly in place thanks to the elastic material.

Caring for the Thorlos Experia couldn’t be any easier because it’s machine washable and it’s safe to dry them on a medium to a low setting. These socks are popular among athletes for a good reason; they enhance performance and deliver a sleek design that’s ideal for wearing while you train.