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Up to 30% lighter than leading ultra-light running socks, yet virtually eliminates painful chafing, hot spots, and blisters.
Up to 30% lighter than leading ultra-light running socks, yet virtually eliminates painful chafing, hot spots, and blisters.
Up to 30% lighter than leading ultra-light running socks, yet virtually eliminates painful chafing, hot spots, and blisters.
681 backers pledged $33,803 to help bring this project to life.

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NEW Experia® ProLite: Your Fastest Feet Ever!

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Love lightweight running socks, but tired of blisters? With almost 40 years of experience being the leader in running socks, combined with our new technology, we have created the perfect running sock to ever hit the market.

Super lightweight + cushioning helps prevent blisters, callouses & hot spots!

Experia® ProLite provides a new level of marathoner sock gear designed to elevate you to your next ‘personal best.’

        

That’s precisely what the marriage of Experia® and bio-engineered NanoGLIDE® Technology enables- less padding (which means less overall weight) with a significantly better sock that’s especially noticeable when put to the test of a 26.2 mile marathon.

Exertion creates heat. Heat causes moisture. Moisture + motion = friction. Friction results in abrasion, chafing, and skin injuries. Skin injuries result in slower run times.

It’s important to move moisture away from the foot quickly after it cools the skin. If left around too long, it actually increases unwanted frictional forces on the skin. 

These forces manifest as ‘hot spots,’ the prelude to blisters, which cause you to stop running or unconsciously adjust your gait. This means a slower run time or the inability to reach your goal.

While all runners are different, the low friction NanoGLIDE® padding in the Experia® ProLite results in fewer hot spots, which trigger blisters. The low friction performance characteristics of the NanoGLIDE® fiber allow the padding to be minimalized. Thus - less becomes more!

The padding density in Experia® ProLite varies throughout the sock depending on function. For example, the padding under the ball and heel is the thinnest padding we’ve ever been able to construct for a runner’s foot protection. Each section of the sock frame uses a different yarn configuration and fabric density to optimize performance requirements for serious runners who are focused on meeting the goals they’ve set.

Simply put, by using NanoGLIDE® fiber, Experia® ProLite engineers created ultra-thin, ultra-lite sock gear - the most high-performance bio-environment your foot has ever experienced! Its performance edge over other technical socks becomes more significant with each mile. You’ll like the Experia® ProLite after a few miles for its superior comfort; you’ll love the Experia® ProLite after mile 26 when you see your run time.

Experia® ProLite is 30% lighter than the original Experia® and other leading “ultra-light” running socks. With its super-quick moisture-wicking technology, it will never feel thick or heavy. When you turn the Experia® ProLite inside out, you’ll be amazed by the engineering complexity of the ten different sections that comprise the full design of the sock. Each is uniquely constructed to provide just the right technical performance characteristic and “foot-feel” for that specific part of the foot.

Ventilation panels strategically positioned throughout the Experia® ProLite sock help maintain effective air circulation and further enhance evaporation speed around the foot, keeping the foot cool but never wet.

 Experience your best possible running times with the Experia® ProLite’s ‘second skin’ aero-fit design. Elastic yarns throughout the sock create just the right amount of cling and stretch to conform to the dynamics of the foot. Plus, ultra-lite, strategically placed padding hugs the bottom of the foot.

                           
                           

Experia® ProLite is the newest product in the Thorlos Experia® family. It’s backed by Thorlos’ brand durability and protection, yet offers a whole new level of performance for athletes in extended participation events. The Experia® ProLite is designed specifically for elite athletes who are looking for a "second skin" fit that will still protect them from the unique foot stresses created by the kind of events where excessive perspiration, chafing, and blisters MUST be minimized (if not completely prevented) because of the importance of achieving a personal performance goal.

Working with Next Fiber Technology Company, we broke all of the old rules and leaped over the barriers of past sock design to create the most exceptional running sock we could offer. Experience everything from a new type of yarn to the construction of new ultra lite padding to new ventilation dynamics developed in the Experia® ProLite sock.

Owner and CEO of the Thorlos brand Jim Throneburg began his journey in the sock business alongside his father as a contract knitter in the early 1950’s. Inspired by his father’s belief that “life is worthwhile to the extent that you strive to become the acknowledged ‘best’ at something,” the pair quickly gained a reputation for making the best high-quality socks on the market.

In 1980, several years after Throneburg’s father's passing, Throneburg decided to bring his father’s dream of owning their own sock business to fruition, and set out to change the public’s perception of running socks.

Since the birth of THOR•LO, our employees have worked hard to keep runners running by preventing and helping to address a variety of foot conditions - relying on engineering, materials science, and clinical research built on a foundation (culture) of treating each and every customer like family. Our Mission:

Our padded, thick sock design easily became a staple of athletic wear in the 80’s, 90’s, and even early 2000’s. Today, we’re a third generation, family owned and operated institution that continues to fully believe in our culture and exceptional craftsmanship.

For the last 40 years, THOR•LO has sustained a family owned and operated brand with a very specific clientele. We always strive to take care of our customers and keep them close like family. As a result, we found that our primary focus shifted from the sock business to the relationship business, and we’ve never looked back.

Now, we’re hoping to grow our family and welcome a new generation of runners. By marketing our Experia® ProLite socks on Kickstarter, we’re hoping to reach out to the crowdfunding world and provide all of you not only with socks that you can count on, but with socks that were designed specifically with you in mind.

We’re invested in you for the long run, so we hope you’ll invest in us too. 

 
 

We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Experia® ProLite a reality.

We know not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge, so even if you can’t give a dollar or purchase a pair of Experia® ProLite socks, if you’re a supporter of the Experia® ProLite sock, you can help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of!

Q: How do I wash them? 

A: Wash and dry inside out (to fluff up the pads) using liquid fabric softener after each use (to lubricate the fibers for longer life). For optimal benefits, liquid fabric softeners are always recommended. Do Not Bleach. Wash Normal: 105F/40C. Dry Normal Medium. Do Not Dry Clean. Do Not Iron.

Q: Will these socks benefit non-athletes as well? 

A: Absolutely. The longer and more intense the activity, the better the benefits, versus other ‘ultra-light’ socks. You don’t have to be a runner or an athlete in an intense sport to benefit from this sock. You will benefit in any activity that makes your feet sweat or requires you to move a lot.

Risks and challenges

There are always certain risks that can arise at any moment during a project like this. That being said, we’re confident in our ability to produce, and have taken all the necessary measures to do so. We are backed by the THOR•LO company and have partnered with leading suppliers and fulfillment companies in the country. We just need your help to bring everything to fruition. Don’t worry, we’re completely prepared to bring the Experia® ProLite sock to you, and we have the manpower to make it happen, but if anything comes up along the way, you’ll be the first to know.

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    Early Bird Experia ProLite Socks

    Here’s your chance to be the very first ProLite supporters, and as a thank you, you’ll get the best discount we’ll ever offer! Act quickly, and receive one (1) pair of Thorlos Experia ProLite socks for 50% off before they sell out.

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    You don’t want to finish last in this race! Buy now, and receive one (1) pair of Thorlos Experia ProLite socks for 25% off.

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    Outrun blisters, chafing, and hot spots with this awesome deal! Buy now, and receive three (3) pairs of Thorlos Experia ProLite socks for 27% off.

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    The last thing you want to worry about is laundry while training for a race. Enjoy a week’s worth (7 pairs) of Thorlos Experia ProLite socks for 30% off with our 10k Trainer’s Pack.

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    The last thing you want to worry about is laundry while training for a race. Enjoy a week’s worth (7 pairs) of Thorlos Experia ProLite socks for 30% off with our 10k Trainer’s Pack.

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    Forget ‘running’ out of socks with this deal! Enjoy about one month’s worth (30 pairs) of Experia ProLite socks for 40% off with our Marathon Trainer’s Pack.

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