Gear Review



Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Hiking

Manufacturer: Smartwool

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Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Jan 9, 2004 / Jan 9, 2004

Object ID: 9643

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Rated the best all-around hiking and outdoor sock by Backpacker Magazine, this sock provides plenty of cushioning without a lot of bulk.


* Medium cushioning on foot and toes provide protection against friction

* Thin flat-knit instep provides a slender fit with exceptional breathability

* Ventilation panel is cooling - good for warm weather hikes

* Provides great cushioning and protection against lace pressure

* Boot height Ideal For... * Rugged day hikes * Lightweight backpacking

This award winner is SmartWool's best all-round hiking and outdoor sock. A good all-purpose three-season outdoor sock, designed for rugged day hikes or lightweight backpacking.

Medium weight cushioning throughout the sock provides protection against blisters on the foot and lace pressure on the instep.

Elasticized arch brace helps keep the sock in place and adds arch support. High Density Footbed (HDF) for improved performance, comfort and durability. Crew height.

Content: 70% SmartWool, 29% nylon, 1% elastic. Machine wash warm. Tumble dry. Do not bleach.


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Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Good for day hiking and short trips. Not quite enough sock for a serious backpack or mountaineering trip. As usual, this Smartwool product is fantastic. I wear them to work.

Sorry......... I looked, but didn't see that someone had already submitted this product.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 10:07 pm

tmbassUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

How much can you really say about socks? Regardless these are the best I have used in both the "standard hiker" and "light hiker". I actually like the thinner light hiker best, as the thicker ones seem to feel bulky under my feet. I always use a liner sock with either version sock in my hiking, mountaineering or cross-country skiing boots. The cuffs will wear out with a season of moderate wear, especially if your ankles are relatively skinnier than your calf muscles. They seem to dry at camp fairly quickly.

Also for downhill or tele skiing, consider the brand's knee high ski sock.
Posted Jan 20, 2005 11:12 pm

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