What are the best tennis socks?

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  1. pmacias

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    I'm familiar with the problems that cotton socks pose--fine, no cotton socks. I tend to find thorlo to be a bit too cushy and sloppy. I like a real snug shoe, but I tend to get hot feet. What do you guys recommend for socks?
     
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  2. scraps234

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    nike dri fits, ua, adidas but just make sure they are made of polyester...
     
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  3. [d]ragon

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    I've only tried Nike crews (3 pack) and Thorlos (level 2) and I don't really like either. Thorlos are too thick and the Nike's don't breathe very well; they get smelly and sweaty fast. I'm definitely hoping more people chime in on this thread 'cuz I'm looking to buy different ones
     
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    i dont know, which socks rafa has, but i think himselfs are very nice, because they are very thick at the end.
     
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  5. charliefedererer

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    The Thorlo level 3 socks are thick (but I love the cushioning).
    But have you tried the level 2 or level 1 thinner socks? http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/catpage-MSTHORLOS.html
     
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    Nike Dri-Fit for the weeeeeeen.
     
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    i love thorlos.. i don't know what they're made out of but they feel really nice against a supportive shoe

    i've never once seen anyone say they didn't like playing in thorlos until this thread
     
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  8. scraps234

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    i think he folds them that way?
     
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  9. pmacias

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    Has anybody ever tried the Drymax products that TW offers? They look a little less bulky than the thorlo, so maybe I need to get level 2 thorlos. Just played this morning in the level 3s, and the other thing about them, which I forgot to mention initially, is they're HOT.
     
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  10. Al Czervik

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    Hanes Premium at target are pretty darn good. They have crew, quarter, and no show, black or white, and the price is right.
     
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    I like Eurosocks and the new experias from Thorlo. Just out. Hopefully TW will carry them soon. They are thick in all the right places and thin everywhere else.
     
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  12. rasajadad

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    I am a thin sock lover. My sock of choice is Ultimax. I bought 6 pair about 4 or so years ago and they're still holding up. I liked the Eurosock too, but they don't seem to last as long.
     
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    Cotton socks.
     
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  14. FuriousYellow

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    I really like the EuroSocks Crews. They are very comfortable, don't give me blisters, and seem to hold up pretty well.

    Others I've tried:

    Feetures - comfortable and fit well, but felt slippery and gives me blisters
    adidas tech - The don't hold well up at all. They start to "poodle" after 2-3 washings
    adidas - these were the thick ones like Thorlos. Hated em. Made my feet sweat like crazy.
     
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  15. Stewball55

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    +1!!! My sister got me some from Nike town in NY, they are sweet. They are left and right specific, didnt know those kind even existed.
     
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  16. scraps234

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    i prefer polyester alot better actually... they seem to breathe better for me and sometimes the cotton gets stuck in between my toes
     
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  17. scraps234

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    i know i love those kind...are the tennis dri fit or what type
     
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  18. jmh

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    Socks

    I only wear New Balance and Thor Lo..#2..Tennis socks only. The provide the cushioning in the right places.. and absorb any moisture in the foot area! I have felt they are worth the price you pay..and I'm told to wash them inside out!
     
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  19. mosh17

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    I just got some under armor heat shield (or maybe heat gear) socks and they are working out pretty good.
     
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    Feetures! Socks Rule. Give them a try.
     
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    They are just black no show ones...dont think they are specific for any sport....but they are awesome....after my matches I take them off and they are BONE dry....I need to get some more....
     
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    Thorlo. No blisters, ever. Comfy too!
     
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  23. mrmo1115

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    The Nike Dri-Fits ftw. My choice are the black color and I have both crew length and the quarter length. I go crew when I play on clay, quarter on hard.
     
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  24. scraps234

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    o well i have some tennis specific and regular... they both feel dri fit but the tennis ones are l/r specific and have more cushioning....
     
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  25. ringer

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    Thorlos - level 3 are hands down the best from my experience. I prefer roll-top, but if you like crew or quarters they are good, too. They also have lesser levels if you don't like overly thick socks.
     
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    Thorlos are made from mostly acrylic.

    Have you tried the Thorlos with Coolmax?? That might solve the "cushy" feeling.
     
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  27. himynameisNIKE

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    under armour socks r pretty good
     
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    Underarmor has really good socks they have a nice selection and r all comfortable beyond belief
     
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  29. thebeast73

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    nike dri fit basketball full cushion elite left right specific crew or quarter socks. the best. they're a little expensive though
     
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  30. imajica77

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    I have tried all the socks on the market. My two favorties are Eurosocks and Vital socks. Both are awesom. Euro are thicker and both come in drystat silver. Check them out.
     
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  31. cxw0106

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    Kirkland Sock from Costco is best! A lot of cushion and no slipery.
     
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    Agree

    Also great price
     
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    Speaking of Costco. I have been using these 12 packs (all white) made by Champion (?) They are excellent. Very smooth and with enough cushion

    Now I see there is this Kirkland brand of similar socks (with gray re-enforced heel and toes). Are you two referring to this one, cxw0106 and tandayu?

    Thanks,
     
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    Yes. The Champion socks that were specially made for Costco were discontinued. I couldn't get similar Champion socks in the Champion store that offers the same cushion. I found that the Kirkland brand is even better than prior Champion.

     
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  35. loubapache

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    Thanks.

    My local Costco still has these Champion socks. I have been using them for a long time and they are excellent. The durability is not very good, though.

    I will get some Kirkland to try.
     
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  36. -Bobo-

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    What are the issues with using cotton socks? I'm guessing sweating messing up your skin and causing the foot to slide resulting in blisters and jamming of the toes?
     
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  37. mctennis

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    Ditto, cotton socks. All the other ones are too slick( Thorlos) or like wearing plastic bags on my feet.
     
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  38. b.termite

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    nike dri fit for sure.. they dont get all bunched up, and your feet dont get all sweaty and wet
     
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  39. Barfy

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    Really guys? Cotton socks are bad? I hate dri fit socks they just don't support at all. I need me some cotton socks for the cushioning and sweat absorption. If it was up to me socks would have a warranty like the nike outsoles do so you get new ones once your socks get all stiff.
     
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    Speaking of Costco...

    I've been digging those HEAD crew socks. Thick similar to Thorlos Tennis socks... 71% Cotton; 18% Acrylic; 10% Nylon and 1% Lycra. Pack of 6 for around $12. Available in both white and black. Also have Microban odor/bacterial protection

    Don't hold up as well as Thorlo, but 1/6 of the price.
     
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  41. tlm

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    Thorlo level 3 the best sock made.
     
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    Nike dri fit (left/right specific), lol.
     
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    i saw both at my local costco and saw that kirkland one was mostly cotton but the champion was i think acrylic or something like that. i'm still not clear which material is better though.
     
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  45. loubapache

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    IME, acrylic should last a little longer than cotton.

    I might have mis-spoken of the brand, those acrylic ones are made by Russell Athletic for Costco. I still have several packages left and I just double-checked.
     
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  47. mmaster

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    you're right i think those acrylic ones were russell.

    anyone know which material is best for keeping your feet and shoes from smelling bad?
     
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  48. athiker

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    IMHO cotton, though they actually retain more water (sweat), keep your feet from smelling better than synthetic material. I also tend to slide around in my shoes more with synthetic material. I'm not an expert in socks but have tried several synthetics but have gone back to wearing two pairs of cotton socks for tennis.

    Synthetics dry faster and may retain their cushion better though. Some may also be treated w/ anti-bacterials...I know some sports wear and outdoor wear shirts are pretreated to control odor. When synthetic shirts first got popular in backpacking due to their light weight and wicking properties (wet cotton is a terrible insulator) people began to notice it was basically impossible to wash out the stink though!...as soon as you started hiking all the odor came flooding back. Materials and treatments are better now for the most part however.

    For backpacking I use a synthetic liner for wicking and Smartwool brand wool socks over them...sliding isn't the issue it is in tennis...but wicking out the moisture is important. The outer wool socks mitigate the sliding anyway.
     
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  49. loubapache

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    An update on the Russel Athletic socks sold in Costco.

    I was there yesterday and found out that these socks are not being discontinues but Costco went for a different supplier. They are still Russel Athletic brand socks and made in Columbia but the supplier is different.

    The Costco I went to still has some older packages and plenty of new packages.

    The older ones are :
    88% Acrylic / 11% Nylon / 1% Lycra Spandex

    The new ones are:
    86% Acrylic / 11% Nylon / 3% Other fibers

    I bought both and asked my wife which one is better (she also loves these socks for casual wear). Immediately she said the older ones are better so I am going to return the newer one and get more older ones. The newer ones do feel thinner but slightly heavier than the older one.

    The newer ones have some gray logo on the socks and the older ones are all white.
     
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  50. levy1

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    At least 70% cotton. Polyester is made from oil and I am trying to be green.
    Poly slips around to much!
     
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