Swiftwick Aspire

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Compression socks for climbing? Believe it. After shivering for a few hours on Castleton Tower near Moab, Utah, one tester decided to try the Aspires the next day for Washerwoman Tower, and she was immediately sold. “It added a nice layer of warmth in a thoughtful design,” she said. “No toe seam to get in the way, a thin profile to fit in the shoes, and wicking properties to keep my feet dry.” Plus, she reported less fatigue during the six-hour effort thanks to increased blood flow from the compression of the foot that the Aspire provides. These socks were also ideal for wearing with light approach shoes that act more like rock shoes. $13 to $36, depending on height; swiftwick.com