Battling Sand Flies: Soldiers in Pantyhose! Seriously?
by Steven Katz
Dealing with a Serious Problem…
Americans respect their men in uniform, but should their uniforms include women’s nylons? Indeed, during the Gulf War and the War on Terror, our fighting forces discovered that their legs needed protection from nasty, disease-carrying sand flies and blisters. Letters home to wives, girlfriends, sisters, and mothers pleaded, “Please send pantyhose! Seriously!”
These strange and unexpected requests made headlines around the United States, and patriotic, understanding, community groups of yellow-ribbon-wearing supporters heeded the call. Along with air conditioners and less-extravagant sundries and necessities, thousands of pairs of pantyhose were shipped to the Middle East in “care packages.”
Unfortunately, nearly all styles of pantyhose sold in supermarkets and department stores just are not designed for the male anatomy. The legs are too short, the waistband is too high on the torso, and there is insufficient room for “male anatomy.”
A Better Solution:
Thankfully, there is a better solution for active-duty servicemen. Soldiers, families and loved ones may now visit:…
ActiveSkin.com, where they can purchase Activskin(r) Performance Wear, a brand of legwear intelligently designed for men and proudly made in the USA.
Activskin is the creation of G. Lieberman & Sons, Ltd., Granville, Ohio, who, after extensive market research, determined that men needed to have a more comfortable and healthier alternative to traditional socks and long underwear. They designed a line of opaque tights and lightweight legwear specifically for men.
If nylons (or better known as “Freedom Socks) aren’t the way you want to go, podiatrists recommend special socks that wick away sweat.
Blisters are caused by both friction and moisture, and nylon doesn’t get rid of sweat. Socks made of polypropylene or Coolmax have small pores and channels to keep moisture away from your foot.
Whether you choose to use stockings or special socks to prevents blisters, it seems the best solution is to get “hard feet.”