May 18, 2004

Geeky Socks

During our recent expedition to Kittery Trading Post, Beth, my sister who has become quite the fitness buff, got a chance to show me a product that she's been raving about. Socks made of "Superwool".

At least I think that's what they're called. She'll correct me if I'm wrong. But she says they are the most amazing socks she's ever worn.

I came across this article about a new way of weaving to resist bacteria. I wonder if this is how Beth's socks work.

Forbes Technology:

Don't be repelled. But I've been wearing the same pair of socks in the gym now for oh, about three weeks. My T-shirt, too, is a bit overdue for a date with the washing machine.

The odd thing is, none of these items are offensive. That is, they don't stink (and yes, I do get my heart rate up on the treadmill, thank you very much.) Reason: The articles of clothing are woven with fine threads containing silver ions, highly reactive little guys that, in a warm environment, essentially combine with bacteria as it forms. This prevents the bacteria from being able to reproduce and, well, to cause those unpleasant locker room odors.

Posted by jackhodgson at May 18, 2004 10:36 AM