Darn Tough Men's Merino Wool Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion Socks
|Price:||$21.99 - $200.00|
- 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 went to a mountain warfare course and all the instructors recommended darn tough socks, which I had known about before, but was deterred because of their price. I decided to give it a shot and bought a pair for I believe about $18 on sale. I only bought 3 because I wanted to test it out. When they arrived, I put it on and it was like stepping in a cloud. Like hearing the Beatles for the first time. Like picking up your car rental prius, and they accidentally give you a Ferrari. It was amazing.
I'm going to fast forward to now: I use these socks allllll the time. 120 mile competition in Estonia, I bought all 3 pairs and didn't look back. These things are seriously great, my feet don't sweat at all, I don't get blisters because there isn't moisture from sweat, the cushion feels great still after many uses and washes. This is where I will probably be seen as gross, but at the end of the day with this sock, when I take them off, they still feel good as new. In many situations I'm in, I am trying to have the least amount of weight as possible but normally have to pack 8 socks. With these I pack 3 and am completely comfortable putting these back on the next day to continue movement. I love these socks.
Although there are a few hundred other reviews out there on these socks, I still had to review them. I saw a 1 star with pictures of holes in socks and I felt like I must review them based on that. I believe that review is in fact fake. Those socks with holes in them do NOT look anything like darn tough socks that I've seen and look like standard $2 cotton socks. I've been using mine for about a year doing, very extreme hiking, and mine dont even feel worn down, not even close to having a hole in them.
TLDR: Best socks you will ever own, even if you just buy 1 pair or two, they make a world of a difference and are worth every penny.