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on December 30, 2015
I picked these up alongside a few other pairs of "high-end" socks for a backpacking trip through southeast asia. After reading through nearly a hundred different sock reviews (exciting I know), I finally decided on my final 3 pairs:

Darn Tough Vermont Men's Merino Wool No-Show Light Cushion Athletic Socks, White/Gray, Large
Drymax Run Lite-Mesh Mini Crew Socks, Black/Grey, Large
Thorlo Men's Experia CoolMax Micro Mini Crew Sock, White/Black, Large

I was trying to find a supersock that could:
1. Withstand daily use through hot and humid climates
2. Was comfortable enough to do large amounts of walking including mountain trekking, rock climbing, and other active sports
3. Endure long periods of use without smelling
4. Wash and dry fairly quickly/easily
5. Wick away moisture to keep your feet dry and cool

It's now been over 1 year since I purchased these socks and since then they've been used extensively throughout all types of climates throughout the world. Here's how these socks have ranked out over time:

COMFORT:
1st - Thorlo Experia - This sock has padding in all the right places and the form fitting design makes the sock hug right to your foot. Probably the most comfortable sock I've ever worn.
2nd - Darn Tough Wool - These socks are soft, thick, and comfortable. They offer plenty of padding when walking for extended periods of time. They do feel a bit bulkier than the Thorlos though, so they're better suited for cold weather than active use
3rd - Drymax Run - The material in these just doesn't have the same softness or padding as the other socks. The fit isn't quite as form fitting, and the cushioning feel thin when walking for extended periods of time

DURABILITY: This category is a bit tough because all three soc have held up well over time. I still have yet to find a single hole, but I have noticed some thinning in a few areas.
1st - Darn Tough - These socks are darn tough. No kidding. They are very thick and have a durable construction. No doubt these socks can last through long periods of use and abuse.
2nd - Drymax - A bit thinner than the Darn Tough, but still resilient none the less. The elasticity of the sock did seem to wear out a bit over time though, so they felt a bit looser after owning them for a long time
3rd - Thorlo Experia - It's tough to rank this one third, because I still have yet to wear this pair out. The only reason for this ranking is that the material in these socks is thinner than the other two. However, since these socks are padded in the toe and heel, these likely won't be wearing out any faster than the other two.

COOLING ABILITY:
1st - Thorlo Experia - The sock's thin material came through as a major plus in this category. These socks are both incredibly comfortable and incredibly breathable. They do a great job of wicking away moisture and keeping your feet cool.
2nd - Drymax - These socks also do a fair job of keeping your feet cool and dry, but their thicker design means they feel less breathable than the Thorlos - as a result, they just don't offer the same level of comfort and cool
3rd - Darn Tough - I was actually a bit disappointed with this sock. Due to the sock's thick construction, it doesn't feel nearly as breathable doesn't do a very good job of keeping your feet cool.

DRY FACTOR:
1st - Dry Max - Once again the sock manages to live up to its name. These socks were able to dry faster than the other two and were easiest to wash and dry than the competitors.
2nd - Thorlo - These socks also did a very good job of drying. The main body of the sock would actually dry out faster than the DryMax. However, the padded heel and toe would take a bit longer due to their thickness.
3rd - Darn Tough - Very poor performance in this category. When these socks get wet, they stay wet. Whenever I would sink-wash these socks, it would sometimes take almost a full 24 hours before they were completely dry.

SMELL FACTOR:
1st - Thorlo Experia - The socks thin construction plays to their favor again in this category. Because they are thin and breathable, the socks are able to ventilate better than the others, allowing for less build-up of bad odors.
2nd - DryMax - These socks did a decent job at remaining odor-free. Because of their faster drying ability, they were good at preventing the build up of foul odors, and were very easy to wash and dry. The didn't ventilate quite as well as the Thorlos though.
3rd - Darn Tough - Again, poor performance in this category. Unfortunately, moisture wasn't the only thing that they held onto. Due to their thicker construction, they did a much better job of retaining bad odors - even after sink washing them. I eventually had to give up on trying to wash them, and just hid them at the bottom of my bag until I could get them to a proper laundry machine.

CONCLUSION:
1st - Thorlo Experia - This sock gave the best overall performance by far. These ended being my go-to sock both while traveling and when heading to the gym at home. They offer exceptional comfort and cooling ability, and despite the 3rd place durability ranking, they are built to last. I would hands down recommend these over the other two brands for both travel and athletic performance.
2nd - Who cares? - Do you really want to buy the second best sock? Just buy three pairs of Thorlos and save yourself the headache of having to read any more nail-biting reviews about socks.
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on June 26, 2011
These are definitely in the top of any running sock I have purchase. I love them and now own several pairs. They are a great warm weather running sock providing optimum cushioning along with sweat control and allowing your feet to breathe. Will continue to buy as I need more.
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on August 26, 2011
I wear a size 6.5 and ordered Extra Small, and they fit perfectly. The "S" stretch too much. Excellent, feet don't sweat!!
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on March 28, 2011
These socks were recommended to me by an experienced runner. The extra padding on the heels and balls of your feet provide an extra cushion of comfort when running long distances. They are moisture-wicking, as well. I would recommend these to any serious runner.
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on May 11, 2011
I actually purchased these for hiking/trail running. I find one of the most uncomfortable scenarios for my feet is walking or running downhill, particularly over broken rocks. I find my toes tend to press against the end of my shoes. Fortunately, these socks have padding that wraps around the toe area as well as protecting the heel and ball of the foot. Yet they're lightweight and cool because they don't have padding in areas where you don't need it.

After 7 hours of hiking and trail running my feet felt worn out, but dry and free from pain and blisters! You can't ask for a sock to do much more than that!

My only criticism is that these socks are obscenely expensive (for a sock, anyway!). But I suppose in this case you get what you pay for. Spend 13$ on a pair of socks, or wear dollar socks and maybe end up with blisters or cramped toes.
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on May 27, 2012
Every sock isn't perfect for every person, but Thor-lo Experia's work great for me! I got a small for myself (I wear a women's 7 shoe) and a medium for my brother (who wears a men's 8.5 shoe). My brother has done several half marathons (and just finished his first marathon (YAY!), and he will not run in any other kind of sock. I used to get the occasional blister, but wearing these socks (I also like SmartWool) has stopped that. Highly recommended!
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on December 11, 2012
I recently started running, and I've used these socks on every run. I haven't had a single blister, and my feet feel very well cushioned as I run. However, my feet can still breathe, and I don't end up all sweaty and gross. I would strongly recommend these socks to anyone. BTW, I ordered them in a size small, and I wear a 7 1/2 to an 8 in women's, and they fit great!
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on March 7, 2013
Prior to purchasing these socks, I had tried no less than ten different types of running socks. I even tried the ininji toe socks. These Thorlos are simply the best socks I have ever used for running. They are thick with padding on the heel, ball of the foot, and around the toes which provides extra cushoning when the foot impacts the pavement. I have high arches and the extra padding does wonders. The rest of the sock is thin which enhances breathability but is also strong enough to fit snugly around the rest of the foot. I love these socks.

Now, the reason I give these socks four stars instead of five is the price. Thorlo is definitely proud of their product. No single pair of socks should cost as much as these do. While they can be found slightly less on Amazon, I have not seen them in a retail store for less than $13.50. But I guess Thorlo will keep getting my money. Anything to make a run more enjoyable is worth it.
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on April 18, 2015
I wore this for my first long run. For the first mile, I felt the problem. By the mile 4, the bottom of my front feet became painful. This is a product designed by a wrong idea. What is wrong? The socks try to steal the job from shoes! They are over cushioned, especially the frontal part. For cushion, we have millions shoes on the market. We can find over-cushioned shoes for hilly run if we want, like some models from New Balance. A over $100 shoe can handle cushion very well. Socks have a different job: make sure our feet connect shoes naturally without any blister. Instead, this sock put something between our feet and shoes. The result is disaster. I had to stop before the mile 10. I don't want to develop blisters. $15 a pair of socks, almost useless. I just cannot believe it!
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on March 28, 2014
Finally a sock that doesn't slide in my shoes. Has enough cushion in the toe and heel to feel nice while running. Usually when I run on payment (in Florida) my feet tend to feel like they're burning, but when I were these sock I don't feel it. Plus they keep my feet dry.
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