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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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How to Order from Ahon Trail Socks:
- Check out their Facebook page for reference.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.