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It’s been awhile since we had a sock debate (I think), so I thought I would start one by making a couple recommendations.

 

I like a high quality Merino Wool sock, year round, but I don’t like to pay a lot for them.  Two reasons:  1) I’m basically cheap, and 2) In our house, the Sock Monster’s appetite is directly proportionate to the cost of the sock.  Based upon a recommendation in the last sock thread, I bought of pair of Darn Tough Socks despite their over $20 cost, with the intention of buying more if I liked them.  And I did like them and their lifetime guarantee, but they disappeared in about 3 weeks, never to be seen again.  So I decided to try some less expensive ones from Amazon.  Despite it’s socialistic sounding name, The People Sock is made in America. It cushions well, doesn’t sag, is high enough for all my boots except Mucks, and is comfortable in a wide range of temperatures.  At 4 pair for $35 I’m happy.  The Innotree says it’s a mid-weight, but it’s actually what I would call light for a wool sock. It wicks really well and I like it for summer sports, especially trekking and cycling.  It’s pretty low but still works well with a 6 inch hiking boot, and looks good with sneakers.  At $18 for two pair, I’m happy with that too. Both types of socks seem to wear very well.

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A couple years ago somebody on here recommended Darn Tough Socks, so I bit the bullet and bought a pair.  Best money I have spent on a sock (and I have tried several different merino wool socks).

I can’t wear anything but wool anymore. Even in my work boots in the middle of the summer. Nothing breathes like wool. Cool in the heat, warm in the cold. It’s natures original performance fabric.

I need to replace a couple pairs of Cabela's socks. I think I need to check out the Darn Tough brand.

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Just bought 3 pair pack merino wool 85%/poly pro 15% blend at Costco for <$12.   Bought two packs.

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1 hour ago, jeff88 said:

Just bought 3 pair pack merino wool 85%/poly pro 15% blend at Costco for <$12.   Bought two packs.

 

The Costco variety, despite the label "merino", are a very thick micron.

 

In the pats they also recommended against running through a drier (I rarely run anything through a drier). That means that the fibers wee not Superwashed, which is a acidic bath that removes the outer sheath of the fiber - which is actually what shrinks.

 

Essentially.... Costco used the cheapest possible fiber, and the least amount that they could, to be able to tag socks as "merino".

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On 2/15/2019 at 4:10 PM, martyg said:

 

The Costco variety, despite the label "merino", are a very thick micron.

 

In the pats they also recommended against running through a drier (I rarely run anything through a drier). That means that the fibers wee not Superwashed, which is a acidic bath that removes the outer sheath of the fiber - which is actually what shrinks.

 

Essentially.... Costco used the cheapest possible fiber, and the least amount that they could, to be able to tag socks as "merino".

Another reason deals like that are likely a sham.  But did you have to ruin it for me?  🤨  I used them this past season and they stayed tight in the boot, I stayed warm & dry; what else can I say?  BTW, they worked better once they did go through the dryer on medium heat, seemed to shrink to the right level elasticity.   Then again, I'm not working Rocky Mtn slopes or hunting in really cold weather.  BTW, the secret to sock happiness for me is to change into a fresh pair at midday on an all day hunt.

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A couple years ago somebody on here recommended Darn Tough Socks, so I bit the bullet and bought a pair.  Best money I have spent on a sock (and I have tried several different merino wool socks).

 

Incidentally, a few years ago I solved the problem of disappearing socks, by washing my own laundry.  I haven't lost a sock since I started doing this, and all of my various hunting clothes/jackets always get laundered correctly.  Plus it helps make my wife happy.

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4 minutes ago, Scrappy said:

A couple years ago somebody on here recommended Darn Tough Socks, so I bit the bullet and bought a pair.  Best money I have spent on a sock (and I have tried several different merino wool socks).

 

Incidentally, a few years ago I solved the problem of disappearing socks, by washing my own laundry.  I haven't lost a sock since I started doing this, and all of my various hunting clothes/jackets always get laundered correctly.  Plus it helps make my wife happy.

 

 

All I wear is Darn Tough....work, play, hunt, bike, etc.  Fantastic socks and lifetime gurantee and local company to me.  Can't go wrong with any of the reputable companies.  That being said I would avoid SmartWool as they last about 17 minutes under conditions DTs last years.

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Same here, went to Darn Tough socks and haven't looked back.  TJ Maxx occasionally has them in stock for around $12, I grab as many as I can.  

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12 minutes ago, River19 said:

 

 

All I wear is Darn Tough....work, play, hunt, bike, etc.  Fantastic socks and lifetime gurantee and local company to me.  Can't go wrong with any of the reputable companies.  That being said I would avoid SmartWool as they last about 17 minutes under conditions DTs last years.

Hey Steve--send a few in size 9 my way will ya. I'd like to try them.

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1 hour ago, Scrappy said:

disappearing socks, by washing my own laundry.  I haven't lost a sock since I started doing this, and all of my various hunting clothes/jackets always get laundered correctly.  Plus it helps make my wife happy.

My wife inspired me to wash my own clothes to avoid lost stuff decades ago. Makes me wonder if it was done on purpose but not worth bringing up.

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On ‎2‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 1:15 PM, jeff88 said:

Just bought 3 pair pack merino wool 85%/poly pro 15% blend at Costco for <$12.   Bought two packs.

What he said. Those socks are the frugal guy's Smart Wool substitute.

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Craig Doherty

SmartWool everyday year round -- buy seconds at LL Bean outlet for 1/2 price.

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Smartwool socks have changed in quality.  I typically use them only for hunting, but I hunt a pretty good bit.  I've got several pairs of SW socks that I bought more than 10 years ago that have been used hard and are still in great condition.  I bought a pair a couple of years ago--the first I'd bought in years--and they wore out in a season.  No comparison.  The man who started Smartwool and sold it has now started another company called Point6.  MartyG has talked about these folks.  I'd bet Point6 socks wear like iron like the original Smartwools and will get some of those at some point.

 

I've got a $60 credit with Patagonia--I'm going to use it to try a couple of pairs of their socks.

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