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Stance socks for men

Stance Socks – Step into the new age of socks

Socks. They used to just come in a handful of colors white, brown, black, and maybe blue with a handful of cuts. These days socks are fashion. They’re an extension of your outfit and your personality and blah blah blah sorry but that’s just not who most of us men really are.  If you’re like me you’re not going to justify spending the extra few dollars on a pair of socks that have some cool mural on them or fancy design especially for gym socks.  But Stance socks, they did something different. They took the cool edgy design world of hip socks and meshed it with performance footwear.

Like I stated previously I’m not one to make sure my sock game is “fresh to death” or “on-point” as the kids might say. My gym socks consisted of whatever athletic socks were in the check out aisle at my local Marshall’s. I can’t stand basic socks that don’t have the support and comfort I need so I do tend to gravitate towards athletic functioning socks as it is. I get them at Marshall’s because well it’s cheaper, plain and simple. This is how my relationship with Stance socks began.

I grabbed a pair of athletic Stance socks on a whim one day. They were grouped in with the other athletic socks but I think the design actually did draw me in, but what sold me was the quality. For those of you who’ve purchased ski socks before you know that if you go out on the slopes with garbage socks especially with rental boots…you’re gonna have a bad day.  So I felt them, I felt the thickness and texture and stretch. These weren’t like the other athletic socks. They were actually supportive, but flexible. They were thin but not paper thin. Everything about them said you will enjoy wearing these. To be honest I wasn’t thrilled about wearing socks that screamed look at me, but I’m not the type to really care what people think of me in the gym.

Stance athletic socks for men

Stance socks for men

Day 1 of wearing my Stance socks was pretty great. I lift in black chucks. Im a simply guy, but these socks made it feel like I had a personal trainer custom make socks for me out of some pre-wrap and tape. They supported my arch, my ankle and my calves. Squats and Dead-lifts were no problem. My feet felt like they were gifts from the greek gods.

I have to admit, I’ll be buying more of these socks. Yeah I might still stalk the Marshall’s check out line to save some money, but they’re well worth the full cost and then some. This company has done a great job at taking performance socks to the next level with high quality materials and design and adding in some pretty impressive fashion. Many athletes are getting behind this company and for good reason. Do yourself a favor and next time you go to grab a 12 pack of one size fits all white crew socks, get some socks that are actually worth it.

Revamp your Gear!

Technology has come a long way since the first days of exploring the great outdoors! We’ve got lighter shoes, more durable gear, and better all around equipment! We are going to take a look at some new ways to use old gear and lighten up your load and improve the gear you’re already using!

First, let’s go with an easy one. Shoes. Lighten your load and upgrade to a pair of mid cut boots with synthetic uppers. I really like these low cut hiking boots. First off the lower weight of these will really save your back. The leg acts as a sort of pendulum when hiking and any extra weight can really add up. There’s a saying that’s something like a pound on your feet is 10 on your back. Don’t quote me on that though!

This one may not apply to all of you, but when I was much younger I was gifted a hatchet to go into the woods and use on all of the wood needed…carrying a hatchet in your sack though adds weight. Switch it out for a wire saw. It’s super light weight and takes up a lot less space!

Flashlights are necessary but with the help of technology, we’ve been able to get much lighter ones and save some space by investing in a headlamp! They’re much easier to use too and use much smaller batteries. Try to get ones that have a strap that goes on the top of your head otherwise they can tend to slip down the front of your face and that’s no fun when you’ve got your hands full of wood in the middle of a dark trail.

This tip is less of an old gear tip and more of a storage tip. Re-package your food. Most food comes in some durable container, but you don’t have to keep it in there. Repack the food into ziplock bags or find lightweight water bottles for liquids. This will light your load and save on packing space. This is a good tip for flights too!

Last but not least is more of a survival help tip that’s practical. Real parachute cord is rated at 550 lbs. The outer sheath is rated to 200 lbs that holds 7 interior strands which are rated at 50 lbs each. So for every 3 feet of cord you have 25 feet of rope. 3 feet is the minimum shoe lace length for shoes with 5 eyelets and most boots have more so you can tack on some extra and increase your length. That’s at least an extra 50 feet of rope right on your feet! Never be caught without rope again!

I hope that you’re able to take some of these tips and tricks and put them to use on your next adventure. Any ways that you’ve upgrade or changed your old gear? Leave a comment below.

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