Hank Pantier

Meet the New PhD® Run Light Elite

Hank Pantier
Meet the New PhD® Run Light Elite

The World's Best Merino Wool Running Socks

We’re passionate about running here at SmartWool. We run in the snow, in the rain, on the road and the trail. We run 5Ks and 100Ks. And we take that passion we share and bring it to life in our products.

We wanted to create a new Merino wool running sock that fits so well, you forget you’re wearing it. A sock that breathes better than any other run socks on the market. A sock that elevates your run from routine to record setting. So we did. We’re proud to introduce the new PhD® Run sock collection, our best-fitting, most durable run socks ever.

Creating these socks was a labor of love for the SmartWool sock development team. After years of prototypes, testing and straight up running, the new sock collection was developed to the unique needs of runners. Run-specific fit, gender-specific mesh breathability zones and the benefits of Merino wool are just the beginning. One of the most exciting developments is Light Elite cushioning, a new option that places targeted cushioning only where runners need it most­–on the ball and heel of the foot. It minimizes impact on the descents and slippage in your shoes on the climbs, delivering optimal shock absorption with minimal in-shoe volume.

Breathability is key, so we upped the breathability factor in these socks with new body-mapped mesh zones. Men and women sweat differently, so the mesh zones are gender-specific, providing breathability where each gender needs it most.

We also know that one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we created a women’s specific fit, with an overall narrower design. The narrower heel pocket fits a woman’s foot better than any other sock we’ve ever made.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what Fan Field Testers, athletes, and retailers are saying about the new design:

“These socks are phenomenal!” SmartWool Fan Field Tester Athlete and Pro Ultra Runner Jason Schlarb

“I used the socks today for a ½ marathon- they were fantastic. Never moved, no irritation, super soft and I would recommend to all.”

  • Jan, Retailer

“I LOVE the new SmartWool design. The fit is great, snug through the midfoot, which is exactly what I like.” –Burke, Fan Field Tester

“The sock of all socks! I can’t rave about this sock enough. It combines all my favorite aspects of a sock bundled into one. The fit is phenomenal; it keeps blisters at bay and feels great under foot. The high performance merino wool is the best of the best and will keep you comfortable all year round.” – Susan, Retailer

“Fabulous socks! They wick and the fit is stupendous.”

  • Cheryl, Fan Field Tester

Check out the entire collection and see what a difference the new fit makes on your next run.

Jason is a sponsored athlete and received free SmartWool® product