2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Run Accessories

Photo: John David Becker

Balega Soft Thread No Show Socks

$14, Balega.com
The draw: Padding where you need it most

Quality socks are essential, especially when you up your run mileage. We put these through the paces of a triathlon marathon, and were wholly impressed with these cushy socks, which apply extra padding in all the right places. A heel tab prevents the sock from sliding down into your shoe, and a low-profile cut hides them from view.