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Sports Socks

IMG_7971Brand : Crane (Aldi Brand)

Size : Men's size 6 – 10

Review : These socks work well, and a pair I bought at the beginning of the year have stood up well to the tests they were put through. They have travelled many km, sometimes in the same day. The almost seamless aspect of the heels did not produce any blisters (after a 24km trek), while the padding on the toes, heels and base of the foot added that extra little bit of comfort when being worn. The firm fitting band around the middle of the foot made these socks feel secure, which produced less slippage inside the shoe. The top of the sock is a mesh type of material, allowing your foot to breathe while being worn, and this is enhanced by the addition of coolmax.

I personally like the fact that they are ankle length socks, as anything over that tends to annoy me, and this way I don’t need to fold, push down or roll in order to keep them comfortable. I like these socks so much that when Aldi bought them back into stock, I bought a new set (3 pairs bundled together).

The bad part about these socks is that they only seem to be in men's sizes, which shouldn’t really be a problem as they are made to sit comfortably and securely on your foot and I have had no problem with the sizing (women's shoe size 9). The other bad part is that they only come into the stores occasionally as Aldi regularly changes it’s stock and once they are gone, they are gone, and you need to wait for the next time they appear in the shops, which means you can’t just buy them when you want them.

Price : $9.99 for a 3 pack

Product Review : Hydration Pack

2010-04-23 Running Gear 018-640

Brand : Crane (Aldi sports line)

Bladder Capacity : 1.5 Litre

Storage Capacity : small, ideal for a short trek.

Review : While this bag is small and compact in size making it ideal for a shorter hike I would not recommend it for trail running. It is strong and sturdy, but the firm tape on the arms of the bag cause significant chaffing of my underarms on a 30km trail run (running interspersed with walking). The chest strap was not placed in the right position for a woman to wear it but was fortunately disconnected and able to be repositioned.

The other problem I had with this bag was the bite valve on the bladder. You had to turn the valve to allow free flowing of the water from the bladder, and this wasn’t a problem, but the problem was that the valve would easily come off, causing water to spill easily, and if the valve wasn’t turned off properly it would drip water.

The action of biting the rubber mouthpiece was great in design as you could easily find where you were supposed to bite and the water would flow freely.

Inside the separate storage area, there was a mesh pocket and key hook. In this, when the bladder was full, I was able to store a banana, muesli bar, energy bar and phone. (I wish I had stored my paw paw ointment as well)

This bag worked well for my 11 year old though on an 8km hike with the shoulder straps able to be shortened to accommodate the smaller frame.