Darn Tough Vermont Men's 1/4 Merino Wool Cushion Hiking Socks
|Price:||$13.16 - $25.00|
- 61% Merino Wool/37% Nylon/2% Lycra Spandex
- Made in US
- Constructed from fine guage Merino wool which is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial
- Legendary performance fit with solid cushioning along the bottom of the foot offers comfort without the bulk
- Still made in Vermont, USA
- Still unconditionally guaranteed for life
- True Seamless construction provides a smooth performance fit; no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters
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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.
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I tried these socks for another 5 days and I must admit they are worse than I originally thought !
Terrible especially now that average temperature has gone from 80 to 70.. My feet are cold already ! What will happen when temperature goes to 60 or 55 degrees ?.. I don't think I'm hypothermia or suffer with hypothyroidism because my T3 and T4 as well as my TSH levels are normal.. When I switch to Smart Wool socks I have no problem .. Why anyone in his right mind buy these half socks is beyond me !
So I have worn and will be keeping my XL sizes of the socks. They did shrink a minuscule amount which made them a tad large, but if I put them on without stretching them on as I usually do... they fit fine.
I did decide to pick up a pair of large to add to to my collection of socks. As long as they shrink the same amount (which as I said was almost nothing) they will be the better fitting size as they go on without having to be as attentive to how I do so.
Overall-- they have definitely helped with foot comfort. Shoes also help tremendously, but for what I have been getting into recently I have been taking shoes and sneakers that I really do not wear much and have committed to wearing them out with the house rehab. After trashing two pair and onto the third-- they are not always the most comfortable but in their own way the socks have helped. I did try some of my traditional cotton socks that I had and for the same type of activity-- my feet were definitely more tired.
So I get stuck between sizes as I wear an 11-12 depending on the cut of a shoe, and socks are no exception either. With that, I would say most of my shoes are an 11.5.... and that leads most "large" socks to be small and most stores do not carry XL socks for whatever reason even though they sell shoes that are. I marked them as fitting as expected as I did order the XL and they list it for a larger foot, but they do fit nicely. Until I buy a pair of large to compare..... this size is great.
I am an active person.... I am in the process of rehabbing a 1950's house, maintain a couple of properties, and besides downtime I have a full time career that seems to round out much of a day, 7-days a week. I have been using my socks I bought locally and besides a couple of pair of Smartwool socks, everything else left my feet tired at the end of the day. I tried different shoes which helped some, it often felt like my feet were being suffocated.
So I saw where someone said the XL was the size to get and that is what I did... I think they're a tad too big, but I wear them and on the other hand I have to "fit them" to my feet rather than them stretching out like most socks do.... so maybe they are the right size. I am going to buy a pair of large to compare and will see if they're as comfortable...
So performance, feel, and comfort--- so far they are great. I wear them two days straight without any ill effects (i.e. smell, etc...) and they feel as good on the second day as they did the first. Performance is great so far. I have work them for at least a couple of weeks total and my feet have felt great across 6-7 different types of shoes. Overall feel.... they are soft and comfortable with comfort over a long day being key. The other thing I noticed is no more fuzz getting stuck/ compacted under my toenails.... to me that means the socks are staying together and my feet are happy for it!
So they are about as expensive as others and I never heard of them before running across them on Amazon, but will never forget them as this is what I plan to buy for the future as they feel that good.
I do wish they would make a 1/3 stock--- that way I can wear a 5" boot and have enough to protrude out without wearing a full length sock for the warmer months.
I have since updated my rating from 4 stars to 5, after using these socks daily for about a month. I can confirm that after being washed several times, they become much softer, which was the one thing that I wasn’t crazy about on my first wear. I also put on some of my older socks after not wearing them for several weeks, and that’s when it hit me how nice these actually are in comparison. My feet were cold, and the material felt scratchy while wearing my old socks that I thought I enjoyed so much. During the holidays I left the state and realized I had forgotten to pack more than one pair of socks, and even after wearing the same pair for several days there was no smell at all. I was blown away because while I don’t have smelly feet, most socks don’t smell great after several days of being cooped up in a shoe, but it didn’t seem to be a problem with these.
Note that I don’t use these for hiking or anything crazy; just regular daily use.
I was getting tired of poor-quality socks, and decided to give these a try due to the warranty and the rave reviews. So many people seem to be buying these for hiking and stuff, but honestly I'm just an average guy that was looking for a comfortable sock to wear on a daily basis.
These socks fit nice and snug, but aren't nearly as stretchy as the mostly nylon and spandex socks (sport) I've used in the past. They also aren't nearly as soft as most merino wool socks I've tried, which I'm guessing is so they would be more durable over time. One thing I noticed right away is that you can wear these socks for days without washing them and there is zero smell or real signs of wear.
I live in a place where it snows in the winter, so these were purchased after I bought the much thinner no-show running socks, which are not great socks for cold climates. These are thicker and warmer than the other ones.
Overall, a great sock. I purchased five pairs, and intend to see how long they last with heavy use.