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Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby jdzaharia » Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:55 pm

I have several pairs of Smartwool socks in varying degrees of wore-out-ness. I've got other brands of merino wool, poly, blend, etc, socks that just aren't as good. Most, not even close. But, I can't believe a person needs to spend $17 to get a decent pair of socks.

My deal is that my feet sweat a lot, then feel clammy in the summer and cold in the winter. My use for the socks is "everything." With non-waterproof hiking/running shoes, Gore-Tex hiking shoes, Insulated Gore-Tex boots, uninsulated leather steel-toe work boots, western boots, Rubber-soled, felt-lined pac boots, etc.

What other brands/models have you had luck with?
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:00 pm

I have used Smartwool socks for climbing, skiing and trail running for years. I stopped buying them (except for the thin liner socks) because they all wear out in the heels.

I found inexpensive synthetic socks to be more durable, far cheaper, and dry faster than wool socks. For a premium brand look at Bridgedale, for a bargain look at Fox River. My Fox River synthetic socks ($3.00 on sale) perform as well as Smartwool and the Bridgedale socks out perform them in everyway, however, they are at least as expensive.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby MScholes » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:39 pm

Depending on where I am, and if I want thinner socks or not, I switch out my smartwool liners for Wigwam liners. I find them very useful liners, durability isn't great but they're half the price of smartwool liners, thinner and depending on the occasion, that's exactly what I need.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby llama97 » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:40 pm

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I got some of these at Sierra Trading Post last spring and have had good luck so far (hiking, mountain biking, XC skiing). I've also had decent luck with the REI brand smartwool knock-offs. The Smartwool socks are still the best, IMO, for comfort but they do wear out too fast given the price.

I have not had good luck with synthetic socks. They seem to make my feet sweat too much, but I haven't tried any in quite a few years.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby ianwhite » Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:25 pm

Check out Darn Tough socks. Life time guarantee
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby Buz Groshong » Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:49 pm

I've liked Smartwool socks and have found the REI brand merino wool socks to be just as good and a bit cheaper.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby jdzaharia » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:10 pm

Liner socks. I have gotten away from wearing liner socks, such as polypropylene. My feet seem to get sweaty/clammy faster with them as opposed to wool directly on my skin. Anybody else find something similar, or am I wacky?

A couple people mentioned the REI merino wool socks. Maybe I'll have to try them. Problem is, shipping normally offsets the lower cost, compared to buying Smartwool locally.

llama97 wrote:http://www.point6.com/home

I got some of these at Sierra Trading Post last spring and have had good luck so far (hiking, mountain biking, XC skiing).

I have a pair of the light hikers, and I'm not impressed. Maybe I'll try the medium weight ones. I like that they are 1/3 to 1/2 the price of Smartwool, though.

llama97 wrote:I have not had good luck with synthetic socks. They seem to make my feet sweat too much

Same here. Maybe I just haven't tried the right ones.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby Kai » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:26 pm

Dahlgren socks have pretty much replaced Smartwool for me. They keep my feet more comfortable. Better fit too.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby hatidua » Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:12 pm

I live in a town that tends to have an annual Smartwool warehouse sale and picked up 25 pair at $5 each several months ago. That said, in my mailbox yesterday were two pair of Dahlgren expedition-weight alpaca socks, I prompty put one pair on and went for a six mile hike - these things are NICE!! With this past Smartwool warehouse sale I'm pretty well stocked but could see a few more pair of the Dahlgren socks in my future.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby bearbreeder » Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:01 am

whatever is on sale at costco ... or other stores

havent had any issues with wigwams
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby goldenhopper » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:06 am

Wigwam's INgenius line is the best sock made in my opinion hands down. Last forever, dry fast and have kept me virtually blister free for years now and I don't have to wear liners.

I like the wool/poly blend.

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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby The Chief » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:25 am

3 pairs of Patagonia Med-Heavy Weight last a min of one good hard season of just about every day use for me.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby goldenhopper » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:53 am

Remember that when taking advice about attire from The Chief, you want to make sure and ignore any color combination suggestions. :wink:

Case in point:

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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby The Chief » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:02 am

It aint no stinking fashion show.... ooopps! My bad. I may have insulted many here that need to follow the "look" in order to look the part and fit in.

Versatility and quality is all I care about, no matter the color or pattern.
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Re: Does Smartwool Have Any Competition?

Postby Deltaoperator17 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:45 pm

goldenhopper wrote:Remember that when taking advice about attire from The Chief, you want to make sure and ignore any color combination suggestions. :wink:

Case in point:

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I will have to try them out. My old standby Wigwam doesnt seem to be the same anymore... what happended to them? Oh well, Patagonia always steady.
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