Swiftwick Sock Reviews: Aspire One and Pulse One


I’ve mentioned Swiftwick socks on my blog before, but since that time, I’ve fallen even more in love with them.

A few months back, with my ultramarathon in mind, I purchased a pair of Aspire Ones and a pair of Pulse Ones. Swiftwick asked me to review them on their site, but I figured I would go a step further.

Aspire One

On the Swiftwick website, it states:

Perfect for narrow feet, the ASPIRE compression sock is constructed for unmatched comfort, moisture management and an optimal fit. It’s thin and light for minimalist running shoes, tight cycling shoes and the form fit hockey skate or ski boot. We eliminated the toe seam using linked toe technology, which means no bunching in the toe box, no pinky toe torture, and no event that you can’t finish due to blisters.

Here are the specs from the Swiftwick site:

Compression 8/10
Footbed Thickness 5/10
Durability 9/10
Breathability 9/10
Wicking 10/10
Weight 25g

I’ve tried a lot of socks – more than I’d care to admit. I enjoy several brands including SmartWool, Balega and Drymax. With that being said, these are the best!

As the site claims, pinky toe torture is over! There is no discomfort whatsoever in the toebox. The socks provide the perfect amount of compression and there is no discomfort around the ankle area – a problem that I’ve had with other socks in the past.

I’ve been doing lots of speed workouts lately and my feet are sore – but when I put these on, I feel like I’m ready to go again. Not only that, they feel great in my trainers, but they’re also thin enough to use with my racing shoes. When I toe the line for my 50-miler in two months, I will definitely be wearing these.

Pulse One

On the Swiftwick website, it states:

The crazy thin foot bed and body drawn higher over the ankle. The PULSE by Swiftwick is lighter than any other product we make. This sock has no toe seam, and our machine linked toe closure is stronger and more reliable than hand linked toe-seams, which are typically made off shore.

Here are the specs from the Swiftwick site:

Compression 7/10
Footbed Thickness 2/10
Durability 9/10
Breathability 10/10
Wicking 7/10
Weight 20.2g

This is actually my third favorite pair of Swiftwick socks – The Aspire One is my favorite and the Sustain Four is my second favorite. I still really like them, but I think the thickness – or should I say thinness – of the sock takes away from the compression, as would be expected to an extent. I think 7/10 is a little generous in the specs above, and I’d probably rate it closer to a 5 or a 6. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great sock. However, if you are looking for something with more of a compression feel, definitely go with the Aspire One or the Sustain Four.

All Swiftwick socks are made in the USA.

Swiftwick’s SUSTAIN line of socks are the only ones on the market created from post-industrial recycled nylon.

Swiftwick offers *Free Shipping* for purchases over $25.

Check out their site here. Have fun!

Full Disclosure: I did not receive anything for writing these reviews. However, if Swiftwick wants to send me socks, I will gladly accept them.

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12 Responses to Swiftwick Sock Reviews: Aspire One and Pulse One

  1. dnardi710 says:

    I LOVE Swiftwick socks! They’re all I wear : )

  2. lljkline says:

    Sold!!! I’m going to try Aspire One. Good socks are priceless.

  3. Andrea says:

    I just bought a pair of Swiftwicks a few weeks ago and I love them!

  4. piratebobcat says:

    I haven’t heard of these. Will look for them. I recently tried some different Features and they were amazing! I’ve always resisted spending on pricey socks, but they do make a difference.

  5. These sound great. I’m always fooling around trying to get the seam just right. Do they have single or dual layers of material? I think all of my socks have two layers. Often the inner layer will gets folds in it that I then need to pinch and pull to get rid of. PIA!
    Made in USA from recycled nylon? Sweet!
    Can I re-blog this post?

  6. I’m convinced! Thank you for the review! xoxo

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