Alternatives to Thorlo Level 3 crew socks

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  1. AELTC

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    Are you aware of any alternatives to the Thorlo level 3 crews that offer similar feel but in black?

    For players that use a thinner sock (like the Nike's, example) do you also use the standard insole? I feel like the only way I could really be comfortable with a thin sock is if I made up for it with a better insole.
     
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  2. parasailing

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    Nike Elite basketball socks are more comfortable than Thorlos and breathe much better while offer compression benefits as well.
     
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  3. Carolina Racquet

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    I recently switched from Level 3 to the Nike Elite Basketball 2-layer socks. I started with the one layer, but they were thinner than the Thorlos, so I bought the 2-layer and never looked back.

    My feet have never felt better.
     
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  4. Chotobaka

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    Thorlo TX tennis socks (level3) do come in black. I use these and Eurosocks Cool Slam socks (also in black). Looks like TW is only carrying both in white right now. You can buy TX's directly from Thorlo, or ask TW to stock black ones.
     
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  5. scotus

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    The Head socks come in black and are dirt cheap at Costco.

    I find myself wearing those more often than the Thorlos.
     
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  6. Carolina Racquet

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    I've bought some of those. They are thick, but mostly cotton, so they don't wick that well when it's hot. I use them for casual wear.
     
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    Do you guys have a specific place to buy those socks? $18 a pair is a bit pricey for me.
     
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  8. scotus

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    I do not feel that the Thorlos wick any better than the Head.
     
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  9. scotus

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    They are $18 a pair now? There's no way I am buying more of those.

    In answer to your question, I used to buy them at retailers like TW when they have a promotion (e.g. buy 2 get 1 free)
     
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    I have three pairs but can't stand Nike Elites for tennis, they feel like wearing an over as they don't breathe nearly well enough plus they're $14 a pair now.

    I prefer the 40% cotton Nike half-cushion drifit crew socks. They are available in black and sound like they may be just what you're looking for. I honestly find them a comfier and better made sock than the Elites, but toe (sic) each their own.

    http://**************/us/en_us/pd/dri-fit-half-cushion-crew-socks/pid-305520/pgid-464747

    Sold in a 3-pack for $16 so just $4.30 a pair. Good ventilation on top and very good padding on the high abrasion areas (heel and forefoot). They stand up to repeated washing and drying too. They are my second favorite socks for tennis behind the Nike PE tennis socks. I have very sweaty feet and used to get bad blisters. Wearing either of these socks combined with going up a 1/2 size has cured that.
     
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  11. Chotobaka

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    They are not $18.00 -- $14.99 is still expensive, but that is the price for level 3's from Thorlo. I got free shipping on three pairs the last time I purchased there. They also have a free sample offer on a lighter sock, just pay shipping.

    I also do not think they wick any better than other premium socks, but for ultimate cushioning Thorlo 3's are in a class by themselves. I only use them in my uber-roomy SFX's.
     
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  12. lightthestorm

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    Personally, I just buy the 3 pack Nike socks, either with one swoosh or two swoosh. Both work pretty well.

    Elite socks are decent, but at that price range, I prefer Team Speeds.
     
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  13. BLX_Andy

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    Elites are nice but I find Nike's Performance Cotton socks to be the best pair for me.
     
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  14. guitarplayer

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    I bought 10 pair of Hanes crew socks for $9.69 at Walmart! They are reinforced at the heel and toe and cushioned. They felt great.
     
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  15. parasailing

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    Nike Elite Basketball socks also have one thing most of these socks don't have, compression. They are great for your calves and reduce fatigue.
     
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  16. mctennis

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    I use Wigwam socks. I have switched from ThorLo's because I though they made my feet slip inside my shoes. I use cotton Wigwam's and have never had an issue with them. Great socks.
     
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  17. AYone

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    I tried the Nike Elite 2.0s for the first time. They are quite protective in the front of the foot and very comfortable. My only issue is: why don't they have similar cushioning in the heel? Almost felt like my toes were elevated in my shoes. At any event, I liked them a lot and will add them to my rotation with Thorlos level 3.
     
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