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Overusing my Ahon Trail Socks

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If you like sports and the outdoors, your feet can expect some heavy battering. Find out if the local brand Ahon Trail Socks endured the test of running sports and mountain climbing.

Living an active physical life means being constantly exposed to all kinds of terrain and climate. It’s a scary but real thought: Lives and limbs may literally depend on what we wear and carry.

Being into sports and the outdoors after college, I have seen a lot of injuries first hand. This is one of the reasons I trained for Basic Life Support, because injuries happen so frequently that I no longer wanted to be helpless. It can strike just about anyone regardless of training, skill or physical fitness. If those who have come prepared get injured, what more those who don’t?

While I don’t advocate buying expensive or branded gear, I believe that sportswear and outdoorwear must be sufficient. This sponsored review of Ahon Trail Socks took me three months to publish, as I tested it in two of my frequent activities: Ultimate Frisbee and mountain climbing. The photos of the socks here are in fact after three months of overuse!

 

My Own Injury from Sports

In 2014, I had a semi-permanent injury from Ultimate Frisbee. While playing in a tourney, I stepped on a hole on the field that was not supposed to be there, majorly spraining my ankle. Think of a single Chocolate Hill mushrooming where my ankle was supposed to be, in a matter of seconds. Since then, ankle supports and tight socks became part of my uniform.

The injury later would recur at random, often while merely walking. It would ache after physical activity, beyond normal legwork, or after wearing high heels. I can’t tell you how difficult it is to pray not to get sprained at the most inconvenient times. Like one morning I was heading off to the office and momentarily twisted in pain on the gutter.

First Impression of Ahon Trail Socks

When I first wore Ahon Trail Socks, they felt really tight. Despite receiving a women’s size of small to medium, it looked as if it was size 5 against my size 8. “They’re pretty serious with compression,” I thought. The grey color of the Stone Cold design and its thick cushioning impressed me.

Ahon Trail Socks’ engineering has much to brag about: It features a seamless toe area that prevents blisters, Y-heels that prevent the socks from slipping off, and bands that support the feet’s natural arches. It also features 2-inch welts for ankle support and compression for improved blood flow. Comfort is not compromised, too. It’s armed with flat nylon tops, thick soles for cushioning, and open mesh tops to improve breathability.

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Testing the Socks with Running Sports

I wear my Ahon Trail Socks while playing Ultimate Frisbee. After all, there’s nothing like sprints, jumps, and pivots to wear out a sock. Previously, I’ve tossed most of my so-called “sports socks” to the trash after only months of use. The muddy state of Sunken Garden during the wet season adds to socks damage. When the mud won’t wash out, the socks would loosen from washing, losing its compression qualities.

During one pickup game is Sunken, I bid for the disc in the air and another player slammed against me. My feet were almost on the ground, threatening a sprain from the impact. But thankfully, I wore the socks that day. Its tight compression kept my feet in one piece. When I checked afterwards, I felt only mild joint pain in my ankle. I can only image its damage if I wore only casual socks!

Even as I overuse it, it didn’t turn “bacon”, so to speak. In my frequent playing, never did the ankle bands roll down, or the soles and heels lose its firmness. It remained almost as fit as when I first wore it.

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Testing the Socks with Mountain Climbing

Meanwhile, mountain climbing is a different task from running sports. Instead of quick and agile moves, we have long and sustained inclines to bear. Endurance is the key, not just for the legs, but also for the feet. That is, endure dirt roads, steep slopes, rocky grounds, riverbanks, uneven paths, and just about any terrain you can imagine!

Before, my toenail was mildly punctured by a stick while hiking. It’s a common occurrence too when you’re wearing just sandals. I didn’t want sharp twigs, tiny rocks or dirt to enter my feet. So since then, wearing socks under my trek sandals and shoes have become my get-up formula. It can be inconvenient to wear socks during hikes with river crossing or after raining, though. Socks turn soggy, loose and slippery after getting wet. Pretty soon I’ll start slipping inside my own sandals!

I started wearing Ahon Trail Socks for my hikes, and even during slippery river crossings and the muddy outcomes of rain, the socks remained tight and I can still regain traction because of its net-like texture. Even in inclined steps or rock scrambling, it supported my already injured ankles and protected my feet from blisters. After three months, it’s still puncture-free too! I love the feeling upon taking it off after a day of adventure, because it has kept my feet in one piece.

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Perhaps one of the things Ahon Trail Socks could primarily brag about is the fact that it is Filipino-made. In the recent years, mountain climbing and sports have gained popularity. Beginner climbers have embraced the trail life, and it became a necessity to familiarize themselves with outdoor best practices. I highly recommend that, when scouting for outdoorswear, they support this Filipino brand made for the Philippine terrains.

 

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Ahon Trail Socks
Price: PHP 550 (USD 12)
Also available in Market-Market, 11 Basekamp and 3 Lagalag stores
Sizes: Small-Medium size 6-9, Medium-Large size 9.5-13
Email Address: ahon.ph@gmail.com

 

How to Order from Ahon Trail Socks:

  • Check out their Facebook page for reference.
  • Send an email to ahon.ph@gmail.com indicating the quantity, design, and size you need.
  • After confirmation indicating your checkout balance, deposit payment via BPI, BDO, or Paypal. Send a photo of your deposit slip via email.
  • Wait for your items to be shipped. It generally takes 1-2 working days within Metro Manila, and 2-4 working days outside the city.

 

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Zwitsy
    August 8, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    I am not into specific. but when I reached this age, specifics are really important and one of it is these kinds of socks. It’s more convenient to try things out using specific stuff.

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    Joanna
    July 27, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    I never thought until now of the importance of socks while hiking. I do hike a lot but I use normal socks, I didn’t imagine that there were some special hiking socks. I’ll order a pack for my hiking trip to Peru and Chile at the end of the year.

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    SofarsoSabine
    July 19, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    I love these kind of socks since they really help you when you’re walking or running. Socks can prevent you from having blisters. Socks can give the perfect support to your feet too.

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    Leona
    July 13, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    though i have invested in good running shoes, i have not given much thought on the socks! i guess i must be wrong as your socks just look so temptingly comfy and springy for a good run. i must search it out here.

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    Dominic Barrios
    July 11, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Hmmm haven’re really studied the differences of other sports socks. My only criteria when choosing socks is if it’s soft, comfortable and fits well on my feet. The new features I recently saw was the anti-bacterial properties of the socks. But since you’ve mentioned about this brand and how it remains tight even if it’s wet, I think I’ll be checking out this one soon.

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 2:24 PM

      I agree. I don’t know much about socks until you find something that’s of good quality. The rest will feel the same. Haha. I have heard of anti-bacterial socks too. I think it’s good technology.

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    Klaudia
    July 9, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Great review ! Very detailed information, I never heard about that brand . Would be interesting to know the price. I know , 550 php , would you not consider to add the equal in dollar to your posts for your international audience ? Just a suggestion.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

      That’s a great suggestion, Klaudia. I’m editing my post right now.

  • Reply
    Louisa Mercado
    July 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    These look like a good pair of socks. I’m sure it helps those who have and injuries to add more comfort and balance. Does it come in other colors?

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:33 PM

      Yes! You can check their FB page for the complete selection 🙂

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    Johna
    July 8, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Awesome review! I just started running and have been looking for the perfect socks. This look perfect! Will definitely check them out

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    Bettina Bacani
    July 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    It’s way more expensive than normal socks but it’s great how the socks remain in place despite your pretty active lifestyle. I’m not all that into physical activities (tamad haha) but yeah, I’ll recommend this to friends who are!

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    Postcard Pretty
    July 7, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Looks warm and comfy! I’ve heard of the brand, and the Ahon Trail Socks do look smaller than it should be. I am planning to be more serious about hiking and mountain climbing, so I should check this out soon in Market Market. Thanks for the head’s up.

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:47 PM

      Interesting that you’ve heard of the brand before 🙂

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    Roselle C Toledo
    July 7, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    I’m not into mountain climbing or hiking but I think this brand of sock is good for tennis and zumba. Although I’m not very much into tennis as I used to (and the rainy season limits the playing opportunity on outdoor courts), zumba is something I enjoy and honestly I haven’t found a perfect fitting pair of socks. Will check this out when I drop by Market!Market!

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:47 PM

      Not sure how these socks will fare on zumba, though!

  • Reply
    ASKSonnie
    July 7, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Until this post, I never thought socks matter in protecting your ankles. You did a good job giving a very comprehensive review

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    Jeffrey Nerona
    July 7, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Sounds like a tough one needing to always wear tights socks. I’m glad you found something that does the work and doesn’t compromise comfort.

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    Nicole Paler
    July 7, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Sounds like socks worth gold. But hey- if they can still give you traction while doing mountain climbing and it’s raining and soaking wet, I can get why the thing has a hefty price tag. It’s a true investment! I have to ask though, who do you wash them? do you handwash or just put them in the washing machine and spin dry? thanks! 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:35 PM

      Handwash would be best! But because I’m an apartment dweller who hasn’t got the time to do the laundry, I let a washing machine laundry service do it for me. So far, it’s still in one piece.

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    Teresa Dumadag
    July 7, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    I’ll share this with my husband who is into running. I’m sure he’ll like it. I’m also glad that you can order online aside from their shop that has a branch in Market Market. That’s near my husband’s office , too.

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    Fenrile
    July 7, 2016 at 1:58 AM

    I’m not really into sports since my teen years when I was doing loads back then. Now I’ll mostly do snowboarding/skiing so I can’t really relate to those socks for that Haha. But still, when I appear to be running or playing some collective game once in a while, or even back to some tennis, I’ll just go with some regular, classic socks and sneakers. Pretty basic. But only by the look of them I can see they are thick and tight that can give a good fix. Specially when you had a bad injure like you had. I’m glad those fit your expectations

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM

      Hi there Fenrile! Snowboarding is unheard of in a tropical country like the Philippines. Now wondering if you guys actually have snow socks. Haha!

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    Milton Coyne
    July 6, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    wow I never thought that a pair of socks will cost that much but knowing all its function and how you can benefit from it in return .. i guess it’s truly worth it… I often get blisters when running… will this sock prevents it too?

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:37 PM

      Yes! Good luck running. I can never motivate myself to do so. Haha.

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    rowenarose
    July 6, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Those are great socks and they are Filipino made as well. Will consider this when I trek

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    jayresa03
    July 6, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    It may be a little heavy on the budget compared to other socks but if it do the job right, why not right? 🙂 I may recommend this to my hubby because when they have police training , I expect them to have tedious one. This might help him with comfort.

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    Charm Gamboa
    July 6, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Woooow the way you described the socks shows it’s really durable and worth it despite of its price. I thought it was just an overpriced branded socks but knowing it can withstand all the things you did, it’s really an amazing and a must buy item for sporty people! 🙂

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:38 PM

      True. And actually for compression socks, these are on the cheap side. Typically it costs twice or thrice Ahon’s price 🙂

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    Sriparna
    July 6, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    I’m really awed to know about this type of an engineering… worth a sock?! Just wow! I hope they’re available in India too…

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    ROBERT LEE
    July 6, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Hi, Sam. Thank you for an honest review and thoroughly testing this pair of socks. I had no idea there are socks for outdoor activities. I learned a lot from your post and will be sure to better equip myself if I am doing an outdoor activity, most likely, hiking.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:38 PM

      You’re a sea kind of person sir Robert, so you know much more than I do when it comes to diving gears! We learn from each other. Haha.

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    jean dalida
    July 6, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Your Ahon pair of socks looks so comfy! Sad thing, I’m not that really comfortable wearing thick socks like this. I just wear foot socks ( thin as much as possible) But this socks has a lot to offer.

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:41 PM

      You’re right. It does take some getting used to, since our everyday socks/footsies are super thin. Compression socks are different.

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    leveluppinoy
    July 6, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    I’ve been using socks that cost like 50 pesos for 3 pairs. I bought a few pairs since it’s cheap though they do tend to wear out fast probably due to the materials and production. Comparing to branded ones i definitely do feel the difference.

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      Sam Coronado
      July 6, 2016 at 9:51 PM

      I do that too! Pretty soon butas na sya haha

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    Jessica Ayun
    July 6, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    I am looking for new socks for mountain climbing. As you desctibe these ahon trail socks, I might get a pair of it.

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    Ericson Felipe
    July 6, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Checking out their page now! Hope to buy a pair to them! Yay! 🙂

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    Princess Mikee
    July 6, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Wow, finally a Filipino brand. It is a must to have a reliable and quality socks most especially if you are into activities to prevent injuries and keep your feet protected. Great review.

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    yogoandcream
    July 6, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    I’m not a sporty kind of person, but I got sold with the socks. I like my feet to look smaller than it is with its compression and I want a supportive socks as I try climbing another mountain again. It’s great that you went as far as using the products several times and would go as far as prolonging the post so your readers will get the honest review. It’s appreciated 🙂 -Me-An

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      Sam Coronado
      July 11, 2016 at 10:45 PM

      Thanks Me-An. 🙂 I really made sure of that. If I wore it only once and never tested in on actual basis, I wouldn’t know what to write about a pair of socks. Haha.

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    Jen Yang
    July 6, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Wow! Those are legit ergonomically designed sock for sports. I’m thinking of giving this to my fiance for his hiking passion. ❤️❤️❤️

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    Jennifer
    July 6, 2016 at 5:20 AM

    Sounds like the perfect addition to your sports gear lineup. Taking care of your feet is very important, to every part of your body.

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