Darn Tough Men's Merino Wool Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion Socks
|Price:||$19.00 - $28.00|
- 67% Merino Wool
- Made in USA
- True Seamless construction provides a smooth performance fit; no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters
- Constructed from fine gauge Merino wool which is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial
- Still made in Vermont, USA
- Still unconditionally guaranteed for life
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Made in Vermont We live and work in Vermont. Our backyard is the perfect testing ground to make the finest Premium All Weather Performance Socks. We ski, snowboard, hike, bike and run in the most unforgiving climate in the lower 48. It is under these conditions that we design, test and manufacture our socks.
Darn Tough socks are made for long-lasting comfort on the trail, in the mountains, or for daily use with high quality Merino wool blended construction. The socks feature dense cushioning all around foot and around the shin for protective comfort while elastic in the arches supports the foot. Ribbing above the ankle ensures a proper fit and invisible seam, ring-toe construction ensures that the socks will fit the toes without bunching up. Built to maintain their shape and sturdiness for the long haul, the socks have reinforced heels and toes and are made with 69 percent custom shrink treated Merino wool, 27 percent nylon, and 4 percent lycra spandex. The socks carry an unconditional lifetime guarantee to remain comfortable for the duration.
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"Huh," I said to the dog two days later. "I wonder what this is." I set the mystery package from the UPS man on the table. We both pondered the box for a moment. Then, "oh no..." I looked at the dog. The dog looked at me. "I was drinking beer and playing on Amazon again, wasn't I?" The dog giggled under her breath and sat down under the table in her usual "let's watch the funny monkey-man pretend to know what he's doing" pose.
Forty-five seconds later...
"OHMYGOSH!" I hollered, startling the dog. "THESE ARE FANTASTIC!" Had any neighbors pulled in at that moment and peeked through the frost-lined windows they would have seen an aging hippie, clad in faded jammie bottoms and a black T-shirt with a peace sign in the center, dancing around the living room like an idiot, pointing gleefully at his feet upon which were a brand new pair of stupid-expensive socks, and a Golden Retriever quietly snickering under the table.
I wore the stupid-expensive socks every day for a week, pausing every few days to stand impatiently (and barefootedly) by the washing machine. On day eight I ordered a second pair.
These socks are, indeed, very, very much worth the money! They're snug, they keep their shape (or at least they have so far - I've had 'em probably two, three weeks now), they show zero signs of wear even though I've worn them daily. Best of all, they're WARM. I work from home in an old farmhouse in northwest Iowa - the high temperature today is supposed to be about two below zero - so my feet are constantly achingly cold, even if I wear two pairs of socks and my flappy-flappy slippers... But since I've started wearing these socks my feet haven't ached at all - I can easily walk on the old hard, frigid floors without worry.
Considering the fantastic warranty and the wondrous quality of these socks, they're not so stupid-expensive after all - I anticipate a few pairs of these miracles will pay for themselves over time (I usually go through fifteen or twenty pairs of super-cheap tube socks a year), and the joy of having comfortable feetsies in the winter is something you young whippersnappers will understand someday...
Now where's my beer - I have more shopping to do...
The decision proved a good one, they are just showing their age after two great years.
By the way, I also bought similar socks from SmartWool recently, they shrank after one cold water washing ( the same wash and dry with my DarnTough and FITS socks), not much, but enough that I can't use them. They made me jump through hoops to return them, and it will take 4-6 weeks (not worth the hassle will just give them to the homeless shelter).
Photo: The blue sock is FITS, the gray is SmartWool after one washing, both are merino wool light boot socks and started out the effective same size. Judge for yourself.
My suggestion, Darn Tough, FITS and Fox River socks are all great, forget Smart Wool.
I loved my Under Armor socks, but they slowly became worn out, and always fell down my calf and bunched up to the top of my boot(Im in the Navy, and am on my feet 99% of the day outside in extreme heats and extreme colds), they are significantly better than Hanes in my opinion.
Let me cut to the chase though as this isnt a review for Under Armor.
These Darn Tough socks live up to their name and MORE, they are extremely comfortable, extremely well cushioned, and wick moisture better than any brand Ive ever owned, as well as keep my feet from smelling horrendous(as well as the sock) after a day of work(every day after work I had to throw the socks I wore in the wash as they would smell up whatever room they were in).
The moisture wicking capability of Wool is INSANE, I figured synthetics were the pinnacle of performance socks. The Under Armor socks I own(Ive owned every type they make, they are actually made by Gold Toe)can not hold a candle to these things, not only do they excel at the things Ive mentioned, but they are also the best sock Ive worn that manages to keep my feet at the perfect temperature, if its cold out, they are warm and toasty, if its scorching hot out, they are cool and wick the sweat VERY VERY well even if they are thick. The best part is, after I take them off after a very hot day, the Under Armor's would be soaked and 10 lbs heavier(exaggerating) and smell, the Darn Tough's have a neutral smell to them as well as being as dry as if I just pulled them out of the dryer.
They are also made extremely well, and Ive put mine to the test, I only brought 2 pairs of Darn Tough socks for a deployment, and wear one pair for two weeks straight, and then alternate to the other pair. The results were amazing. I did not have stinky feet from wearing them that long, NOR did they smell like I had worn them for two weeks straight of working, the best part was they KEPT ELASTICITY without needing to be washed, NEVER did they start slipping down my calf and bunching up at the top of my boots.
I can NOT stress enough about the quality and comfort of these socks. Just yesterday I got to experience first hand the amazing properties of Wool encountering rain. I got stuck walking into work when it instantly started pouring down like crazy, my shoes were soaked, as were my clothes I was wearing. The socks were just DAMP, which was impressive considering I had to run through puddles of inches of water. The most amazing part is I worked for a solid 12 hours after that with the same pair of socks, and within the first hour of work I had noticed they were not damp anymore, I took off my boots to check during a break, and they were actually completely dry(they dried out inside of leather boots!).
The durability of these socks has held up perfectly with my extensive wear, I have not noticed any degradation of material, or loose stitchings, and the elastic has been perfect. I actually abuse these socks now just to try to get some sort of indication of a weak spot with these things. Nothing yet, and Im extremely pleased.
I am forever a fan of wool, not just any wool, but Merino Wool now. I will also always buy these socks for life, please continue the amazing craftsmanship, and please keep the manufacturing in Vermont, USA.