In a world where socks were too soft...
In 2012, we fell deeply in love with Obstacle Course Racing. It ripped us off the treadmill, out of our comfort zone, and unleashed us into the wild outdoors. Events like Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, BattleFrog, and Savage Race tested us and our gear to the limits. We learned that gym socks got soggy in the mud, and that most running socks were made for roads. Not to mention, nobody was addressing the unneccesary leg scrapes and scatches acquired from surface contact with obstacles.
We set out to make a tougher trail running sock.
MudGear was born to do what nobody else could do; make a performance sock resilient enough to withstand outdoor race conditions and tough enough to help protect racers from the course itself. We committed to delivering more comfort and more durability for more muddy miles.
They Said It Couldn't Be Done - They Forgot About American Muscle
The American sock industry has a long history of quality engineering, but cheap labor gave rise to importing. While others cut costs and cut corners, we knew the world's toughest and best socks should be designed and made in the USA. Leveraging decades of experience with top brands, our designers are experts in the technology of performance sock construction.
Tested In The Worst Conditions Possible
Normal testing of running socks involves a simple abrasion test to see how quickly they show wear. Our testing involves putting them on the world's top obstacle racers and trail runners for trips up and down mountains all day in all types of weather. We test for wicking by fully submerging them in muddy water, and we test durability by ultra distance marathons.
Through It All, We Were Made Tougher
Nobody said it was going to be easy. We heard a lot of "it's not done that way" and "it's not practical". But all the trials and trails made us tougher, and we're now proud to offer the toughest (and most comfortable) trail running sock on the planet. It also happens to be our go-to sock for training, Spartan Stadium Races, and everyday wear.
The Merino Wool Difference
MudGear’s signature blend of premium yarns has set our original ¼ Crew Trail Socks apart from the competition from day one. However, there will always be a population of runners who insist on the unique benefits of Merino wool. Merino sheep yield a highly desirable wool delivering unmatched comfort, temperature regulation, moisture management, and odor resistance. We’ve strategically placed this premium textile in the high friction areas of MudGear ¼ Crew Trail Socks for an extra special running experience.
OUR POPULAR HIGH ANKLE CUT WITH MERINO WOOL
Enjoy the top-tier moisture management and odor resistance of Merino wool fused with MudGear's legendary comfort and durability. The Quarter (1/4) Crew lands considerably short of the calf but rises well above the ankle with a comfortably snug fit to keep out dirt and rocks. The footbed is soft and cushioned but not thick in a way that will soak up and hold water or mud.
Best socks I’ve found
I’m an Ultrarunner and have used many brands of socks throughout the course of my training and racing cycles. MudGear 1/4 crew socks are hands-down my go to for all training runs and races from 5k through 100 miles. I recently ran a 100k in the mountains where it rained most all day. I did not change socks nor shoes and had ZERO blisters. I don’t wear any other socks- MudGear are the best!
number 1 socks
Mudgear socks are the only socks I wear to trail run and compete in ocr races. No blisters, lots of padding, and drains well for wet ocr or trail races.