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Great Boot Socks for Railroaders-- Spring/Autumn Weather 17% Wool,
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This review is from: Carhartt Men's Extremes Cold Weather Boot Sock (Apparel)
I buy these for my husband. He's a Railroad Freight Conductor and requires a good, and long-lasting (durable), sock.
They are excellent for Spring and Autumn weather only. With only 17% Wool, they keep the chill off one's feet, but will not keep that 'cold-to-the-bone' at bay. For that, you need to get the Carhartt 'Arctic' socks, (37% Wool)*** (See 'EDIT' below).
LENGTH & DURABILITY
They are 'Boot Length', (which means 'just-over-the-calf'), Wear well, and Wash well. No pilling. And, being just-over-the-calf, they stay up... which is good news for boot wearers.
The Sizing was a bit of a problem. My husband wears a 10 1/2 boot, so, you would think he'd take the large-size sock that supposedly fits a 10-12 shoe. Wrong. We found that the socks were too tight both in the feet and in the calf, and sent them back in exchange for the Extra-Large, (fitting shoe size 12-15), and those fit him perfectly. No tightness whatsoever... just a very nice fit that gives good support as well.
They have no Toe-seams, are totally Re-inforced, and are so Soft & Cushy in the Toe and Heel. He says he even feels support in his Arch... a good thing for a man who is setting out cars and walking those tracks at all hours of the day and night.
My husband is very pleased with these socks, and so am I. It seemed to take forever to find the right kind of sock for him-- Weather-wise, Fit-wise, and Quality-wise; but after many trials and errors, we finally found his 'holy grail' of Spring/Autumn-weather work socks.
Go get 'em... you'll be glad you did.
***EDIT: DECEMBER 8-2011: I just found these other Carhartt socks, 'Carhartt Men's Artic Wool Heavy Boot Socks'. With 87% Wool, my husband says these are the bomb for Winter Weather, far exceeding the 37% Wool of the 'Carhartt Extremes Wool Arctic Boot Sock' I mentioned above. Take as look... Carhartt Men's Artic Wool Heavy Boot Socks
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Initial post: Dec 8, 2011 8:23:55 AM PST
From one Railraod wife to another- THANK YOU :-) I am going to get the Arctic ones and a size larger.
Posted on Dec 8, 2011 10:47:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2011 10:51:30 AM PST
You're welcome! However, see these... even more wool.Carhartt Men's Artic Wool Heavy Boot Socks. I haven't written a Review for them yet as I just found them, but my husband says these are the end-all/be-all of wool socks. With 87% wool, they are the bomb for guys who suffer with cold feet. I bought 10-pair for him, *lol*.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 5:52:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2011 5:53:21 PM PST
These are the type of post that helps me out when im looking for a product.I needed warm socks when im out camping or for my construction job.Thanks for posting your review of the product.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2011 12:07:27 AM PST
You're welcome, Roger! Thanks for the nod... I really appreciate it, *s*.
And, never fear, these socks (and the other two pairs of socks I reviewed) truly will keep your feet warm.
You might want to take a look at the Carhartt Hat I reviewed as well. My husband swears by it!
Posted on Nov 29, 2013 9:05:04 PM PST
Just so that you (and others) know wool isn't the only fiber that keeps you warm-in fact there are many others. This sock is made primarily out of acrylic which is a synthetic fiber but is actually pretty similar to wool and just as warm. Acrylic is also more machine washable and softer to the touch than wool.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2013 6:50:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2013 6:51:35 AM PST
Anne, do you know of any specific acrylic socks in terms of brands/models that you know to be very warm? I am actually hoping to find some non-wool extra-warm socks (suitable for being outside in 0-20F degree weather for several hours at a time), but it seems like the socks that get the best reviews for cold weather are indeed always wool. Thanks.
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