Ever since Erik Karlsson’s Achilles was cut by Matt Cooke back in 2013, many gear manufacturers have started producing cut resistant socks. While these socks certainly aren’t going to prevent every cut, they do form a reasonable defense against skate blades.
- Swiftwick compression and cut resistant socks
- 38% Nylon / 28% HG / 25% Olefin / 9% Spandex
- Size Large
- HG Cut-Resistant Technology
- Moisture Management System
- Managed Compression Technology
- Active Antimicrobial Technology
Design and Construction:
The Swiftwick cut resistant compression socks are designed using Nylon, HG cut resistant technology, Olefin, and Spandex. The combination is used to create a sock with strategically placed cut resistant zones on the back of the leg, as well as the front.
Swiftwick’s design is a bit more unique than those of competitors because the whole sock is not made of cut resistant material. Instead, there is a zone on the back of the sock, from the calf down to the Achilles, where cut resistant material is present. Then there is a second cut resistant zone on the front, just above the ankle, to offer additional protection for players who may flop their tongues out.
The socks feature moisture wicking properties, as well as compression technology. They have also included antimicrobial technology to keep your socks and feet odor free.
While the performance levels of Swiftwick’s cut resistant compression sock excel in the important area, some other areas are not quite up to par.
While a cut resistant sock isn’t going to completely prevent a cut from a skate blade, the Swiftwick cut resistant socks do a great job of limiting damage. Their HG cut resistant technology is high quality, and provides protection in the right areas. It will provide adequate protection from a hockey blade, but keep in mind that a forceful impact, such as someone stepping on the back of your leg, may still cause a cut or injury.
In addition to the great cut protection the sock offers, I was also pleased with the compression fit. It was a snug fit, as you would expect from compression wear, but still easy to put on or take off. The socks felt nice to wear, and were virtually unnoticeable while playing. What I liked the most is that the socks held their shape after several times wearing them. Other compression socks I’ve worn have lost their shape and became stretched out. Swiftwick’s socks did not, and still look brand new.
I was a bit disappointed, however, in their moisture wicking abilities. After each game I played, the socks were noticeably damp from sweat. In my opinion, they could make some improvements in this area.
Cut resistant socks have become a pretty popular product over the past few years. Each manufacturer finds a different way to do it, and I really like what Swiftwick is offering. They place the cut resistant materials in the areas where you need it the most, and use other materials for the rest of the socks.
Their moisture management may need some improvement, but they just might make up for it with the compression fit and durability on that compression fit.
Overall, I think the Swiftwick cut resistant compression socks are a great choice if you’re looking to add some additional protection to your setup.
Where to buy?
Like what you’ve read about the new Swiftwick cut resistant compression socks and want to pick up a pair for yourself? You can grab them now at IceWarehouse.com. Or, if you just want to grab some compression socks for roller hockey, those are available too. Ice and Inline Warehouse has the best selection of new hockey gear, so head today to grab your Swiftwick socks today!