January 31st, 2011
What the heck is a moisture wick?
If you're like me, sometimes all the technical jargon around a product can get confusing. Although technical info is important, I'm more interested in how a product can help me for everyday use. Further to that point, there's been an ongoing joke in our Vancouver office to the tune of, "What the heck is a moisture wick and why should I care?"
Moisture wick 101So what the heck is a moisture wick? "Wicking" means "to absorb and draw off liquid through capillary action." That didn't help? Not everyone remembers their high school science classes, so here it is in layman's terms. A material that wicks moisture sucks the moisture along its fibers and either spreads it out or pulls it to the edge of the material so that it evaporates faster. SOLE uses polyester top sheets in the footbeds to wick moisture away from your foot. The end result is a dry, comfortable foot.
Which SOLE products wick moisture?All SOLE Footbeds wick moisture away from the bottom of your feet. Our Casual footbeds have a Nubuck top sheet which promotes moisture wicking, but to a lesser extent than the other footbeds. The Signature footbeds are also perforated, which helps to speed up the evaporation process even more. For more info, please check out our Footbed Comparison Grid. All SOLE Performance Socks are knit with synthetic materials that wick moisture away from your feet, to the surface of the sock where it can evaporate more easily.
Hopefully I've done a good job of clearing up some of the mystery around moisture wicking top sheets. However, if you have questions, please leave a comment below.
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