Monday, January 4, 2010

Smartwool socks review and giveaway.

Happy new year, everyone!

As promised, I am back from my holiday break with a great giveaway to kickstart the year! And I've got lots of other reviews and giveaways scheduled so get ready for some fun :-)

On to the first review of the year . . .

Do you know Smartwool? Well, I had heard about the products but hadn't tried any until recently when I received a pair of socks from a fellow blogger. I was a little worried at first because wool tends to make me itch like mad. But, I tried out the socks on a particularly cold run and they kept my feet nice and warm. Much warmer than any of my other running socks. And, the good news for someone like me, my feet didn't itch at all and haven't itched any of the times I've worn the socks.

Now, you might wonder if such warm, wool socks made my feet sweat more than usual. Nope, not a bit! I was surprised, too. But, here's the thing about wool (from the Smartwool web site):

"Wool is a natural fiber that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Wool fibers have tiny pockets of air that provide a buffering layer of natural climate control. This natural buffering capacity helps the body maintain a stable core temperature."

In addition to being warm, my Smartwool socks fit well, comfortably wrapping my arch just the way I like it, and not shifting around in my shoe. Warm, well-fitting socks. What more could you ask for? How about a truly renewable material? That would be nice. And that brings me to the other thing about wool (from the site):
"Wool is natural and annually renewable. All the sheep have to do is get a haircut once a year!"

There's a lot more that you can read about wool here, if you are interested.

Now, after having such a good experience with my socks, I decided to share the wealth! The folks at Smartwool have been kind enough to offer a giveaway of a pair of running socks for one lucky reader. Here's what you can win:

To enter:

Leave me a comment to let me know what size sock you would order if you won (and whether that is a men's or women's size).

Additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog
  • Leave me a comment and tell me what healthy living product you would love to see in a giveaway on this site
The giveaway runs through 11:59pm EST, Thursday, January 7, 2010. One winner will be selected using random.org and that winner will be announced on Friday so be sure to check back!

Good luck and have a great week!

Review/giveaway disclaimer: I received no products from Smartwool, nor was I compensated for this review/giveaway. The winner will receive the socks directly from Smartwool.

100 comments:

  1. Love running socks!! I'd take a medium, please!

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  2. I love the smartwool socks - I got my mom two pair for Christmas last year! I would take a medium.

    Also - I havent gotten anything from the card giveaway I won. I didn't know what I should do.

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  3. oh and i am a follower already!

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  4. i would have to go with the PhD 3/4 crew in a women's medium. :)

    erica_haggins@hotmail.com

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  5. i am a follower

    erica_haggins@hotmail.com

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  6. I would love to see a moving comfort sport bra or Contigo hydraseal water bottle giveaway. :)

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  7. Awesome! Socks are so wonderful! I would order a women's medium.

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  8. I'm a follower on your other blog.

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  9. I would love to see a running tights giveaway. It's a big item, but it would be awesome. The opportunity to win and try any new running gear, nutrition, etc. is wonderful.

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  10. I posted a comment earlier but it doesn't seem to have gone through, so I'm sending it again. Apologies if it's in duplicate. Count me in for this one - I would be a size medium.

    I'm already following along on the other blog, and am now following this one, too.

    As for a new giveaway, how about a camelback bladder (and pack, perhaps??). I'm in dire need of a new one of those :)

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  11. I am a BIGFOOT size 10 womens and I LOVE LOVE my smartwool.. But I would want to win for Hubbers, do they come in Men's 13??

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  12. I am a Follower and curious how you keep up 2 blogs, CRAZY WOMAN!!

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  13. Hmmm so many products..

    Compression anything, but I would love tights or shorts for the summer. Not sure that qualifies for healthy living. Maybe a cookbook for newbies like me :)

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  14. I'm now a follower of this blog!

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  15. I am wearing Smartwool socks right now. Love them! Women's size Medium.

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  16. I've been hearing a lot of great things about Smartwool. Women's small please!

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  17. I follow your other blog in Google Reader.

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  18. The best item for a giveaway that I can think of at the moment is a blender. I'd love to be able to make my own smoothies and try one of the "green monsters" that I keep seeing all over the Internet.

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  19. I too am skeptical about the wool aspect of these socks but I will take your word for it.
    Ladies Size 7 please.

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  20. I would love to try wool socks! My feet stay cold year round. That's crazy considering I live in Louisiana, but still they do. I would get a womens Large.
    savingmomssanity at gmail dot com

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  21. I hiked the AT and 1/2 the PCT in Smartwool socks! Womens Medium.

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  22. Nice giveaway! I'd order a women's medium!

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  23. And I follow The Happy Runner. :)

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  24. I'd love to see a fuel belt giveaway!

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  25. I would wear a women's size 10 if I won the giveaway...

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  26. I would wear a women's size 9 if I won.

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  27. This is my first time commenting! I started following this blog and your other blog a couple days ago. Love them both so far!

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  28. I saw someone posted about a blender giveaway, and I fully agree!!! I keep seeing all these recipes for delicious/healthy smoothies and I have yet to acquire a blender in which to make them.

    Also, a pedometer would be a really cool thing to give away. That way you're not only keeping track of your running mileage, you can keep it on your shoes at all times (slippers/house shoes too) and figure out how many steps you take in a day -- running or walking.

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  29. I am a sock freak!! I would order a medium :)

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  30. I'd love to try some wool socks and their socks are too cute!

    I'd order a women's medium.

    MCM Mama

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  31. I just got my first pair and wore them over the weekend - LOVED them. I'd order a small.

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  32. I'm a follower of both your blogs. :D

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  33. I added the giveaway to my giveaway list on my blog.

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  34. I'd love to see a handheld water carrier. Carrying your own water is a great idea and cuts down on all those paper cups during races.

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  35. I would love to win this for my sweet husband, he's a medium. Thanks!!! :)

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  37. I'd get a medium in ladies

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  38. I'd love a pair in women's size 7.5

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  39. btw, I follow your blog too :-)

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  40. I'm a follower of The Happy Runner blog! It's great!

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  41. I've linked this giveaway on my bnlog - myfirst5k.wordpress.com

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  42. If I win, I wear a women's Medium sock

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  43. I'd love to win the reversible training beanie (from Smartwool).

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  44. I have been looking at these and looking at these for SOOO long, and with five races in the smackdabmiddle of winter, I'm going to have to buy some, I'm sure!

    I would take a medium, please!!

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  45. Another healthy living product for the blog?

    I'd love more running related gear - maybe one of the tech-style headbands for winter, or tech style undies (still haven't bought a pair, many many races later)....or even food - beans, gels, etc. :)

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  46. Hello. I'm a follower and backpack in smart wool socks.

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  47. healthy living product? hmmmm, bamboo socks would be cool to win and try. A wool knit cap would also be cool (mine has holes in it)

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  48. I so need a pair of warm socks...it's been hovering around 20 with snow everywhere for about 2 weeks here!! I would take a women's medium

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  49. I am following your blog now...thanks for the comments on mine about my vision board!

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  50. I am in the market for socks right now, so this would be great! I'd be a medium!

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  51. second entry: a product I would love to see would be those athletic gear specific detergents

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  52. Smartwools are my most favorite running sock, especially in the CO winter, but they are expensive. So, yeah, count me in on a free pair!!! Great giveaway. I'm a medium. Not the type who talks to dead people. My size.

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  53. I adore SmartWool, I have one fabulous pair of their socks, a hat and gloves by them. I follow your blog, I'm a medium, and they're the most comfortable socks ever!!

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  54. ooohhh....I've been looking for good running socks. Womens medium :)

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  55. And I'd like to see running sleeves (since those are on my wish list right now:)

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  56. I'd love to try smart wool socks! It would be a women's small. :)

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  57. annd you're in my google reader.

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  58. as far as what i'd like to see in a giveaway, it would be SHOES! so expensive but a good pair goes a long way in a runner's life and overall running experience.

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  59. i love smart wool socks! what an awesome give-away! female 9.5m foot. have a super year... and i am now following your blog.

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  60. Really want to try these out! Med please

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  61. Gotta love the smartwool! I'm a ladies large, probably.

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  62. I would get a womens Medium! I LOVE smart wool anything!

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  63. I am a follower! I love your blog!

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  64. Another healthy living product? I love any running products: running skirts or compression socks. Or anything to do with cooking or healthy eating too, maybe cookware or food like healthy crackers/yogurt!
    Thanks!!

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  65. I would love a giveaway for a cold weather mask.

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  66. I am a big fan of smart wool socks. I would pick, women's size large.

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  67. I follow - using google reader if that matters..

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  68. Hi, Felice!
    I found your smart wool giveaway via link from Saturday Morning Zen. When I win these, let's go with men's large!

    I haven't tried the smart wool, but I've recently been running in some other wool hiking socks, and I really like them (I always felt a little guilty, eco-wise about wearing poly). The wool doesn't itch, wicks as well as poly, and still has some lycra arch support woven in. And wool is a sustainable resource. I'm a convert!

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  69. Hi again Felice,
    I just joined your Follow list!

    I invite you to visit Running Green, and follow if you are interested.

    http://vern-running-green.blogspot.com/

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  70. Awesome! I would order a size women's Large, I have big feet!! :)

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  71. Oh.. and I think a running vest would be awesome..

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  72. I now follow both of your blogs.

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  73. I love to see a hydration belt or a handheld because I really need to get one. :)

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  74. I would love to win smartwool socks! Winter runs are not my friends :-) I am a big foot so would need a women's size Large! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  75. And I now follow your other blog.

    And I linked to my blog @
    http://vern-running-green.blogspot.com/

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  76. Hi! Nice to find a new blog to read :) I love Smartwool socks and I'm a women's medium.

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  77. My shoe size is 8.5 womens....so whatever that translates too, usally 8-10 or something like that?

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  78. I would love to see the Rollerstick as a giveaway!

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  79. Ladies medium. Smartwool socks are great!

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