Wool Socks

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by sailaway, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. sailaway

    sailaway Well-Known Member

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    I have become disillusioned with Thorlo Socks, I used to buy the wool light hiker style at the factory store at the Intesection of I77 & I40 in North Carolina. The pairs I have bought there the last couple of trips have torn apart at the toe. The few remaining pairs from several years ago are still holding up but are getting thin. I like a wool sock that I can wear year round. What brand and style do you recomend getting and where to purchase them. Also are there any other brands to stay away from.:confused:
     
  2. Canadian

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    I use Fox River and they are great. I have several pairs that are many years old and still working well.
     

  3. Expeditioner

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    I like SmartWool and Wigwam products. Campmor usually has some pretty good prices on the Wigwam socks. Some of the GI surplus wool socks are a good value as well (if you can find a surplus store that does not have over inflated prices.
     
  4. doc66

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    Same here, Campmor is hit and miss on some sizes though. Size too big (mine) and size too small (the woman) are sometimes hard to find.
     
  5. Canadian

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    I forgot about wigwam. They're nice too.
     
  6. insidethebunker

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    My wife and best friend do a lot of backpacking (not together mind you) and they both swear by Smartwool. I'm just starting to get up to long hikes of 5 miles or more. Maybe in a year if I do good I'll try a backpack too..
     
  7. sailaway

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    I will look into Smartwool, Yesterday I was in a surplus store and they had Wigwams, They looked like the thickness I like but they didn't have my size. I plan on buying a couple different brands, wearing them and give my thoughts on them. Wigwams were $10.00/pair and also American Made in Wisconson.
     
  8. Expeditioner

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  9. JackAysJake

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    I have never worn wool socks, but I wanted to share about how much my fiance and I love the Snapon socks. They are about $5 a pair but I recommend them to everyone due to the fact that my feet sweat a lot and this wicks away the moisture and are very comfortable.
     
  10. Fn/Form

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    How about CoolMax?
     
  11. sailaway

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    I picked up a couple pair of WIGWAMS today at Gander Mountain. Good Meronao wool. $11.99/pair Made in Wisconsin. I'm going to start wearing them and see how they hold up. Earlier when I began this post I was complaining about Thorlos. They also had Smart Wool there, however they were $16.99/pair, quite pricy. What's this world comming to when socks cost so much.
     
  12. Canadian

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    You could always buy Chinese socks.
     
  13. cowpuncher

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    I've worn the USGI cotton/wool blend socks (horrible), Wigwams (wear out too fast and don't really keep my feet warm), ThorLos (Worse than the USGI ones on my feet), and SmartWool (too fragile, they never last me more than two or three wearings).

    The best wool socks I've ever found are the Carhartt ones I pick up at the local farm store. Big R in most of the NW, Coastal here in the Willamette Valley, TSC in parts of the South. I have probably two dozen pair, cause I pick up a couple pair every year, fearing they'll discontinue them. I have several pair that I've worn regularly for over two years and they're almost as good as new. They've been worn on backpacking trips, cowboying all day in tight buckaroo boots, and worn in the winter under my pacboots. I can't destroy them, although I've had several pairs stolen.
     
  14. sailaway

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    Cowpuncher, I didn't realize Carhartt made wool socks. We have TSC in Oh., I will try some of them. I agree with you on Wigwams, they are thin and not wearing well. Sail
     
  15. cowpuncher

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    They make them in several colors actually, I've seen red, green, black and blue. I've only worn the green ones, so I cannot say if the other colors will wear as well. In my experience, sometimes different color dyes can affect longevity of fabric in different ways. HIGHLY recommend the Carhartt socks though!:2thumb:

    I've got some serious foot problems, some as a result just of being an infantryman and rucking alot, some as a result of serious nerve and tissue damage from second-degree frostbite at a JRTC rotation when I was 19. My feet haven't functioned properly since then (i.e. I can't keep them warm barefoot, even in the heat of summer, and some other issues as a result of that.). Carhartt's socks have been amazing.
     
  16. NaeKid

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    I have recently purchased "RedHead" socks from Bass Pro Shops here in Calgary. These socks are very thick and warm. Wore them when I was out hunting last month, and, as long as I was moving, the socks kept my feet nice-n-toasty!

    The socks also have a "life-time" warranty, so, if I wear them out, bring them back in and they will replace for free .. :congrat:
     
  17. sailaway

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    Naekid, are they all wool of partially synthetic? I think 100% wool socks keep you warmer.
     
  18. NaeKid

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    Here is the link to the reviews on the Bass Pro site ..

    Bass Pro Shops RedHead® Lifetime Hunting Socks for Men Customer Ratings & Reviews - Top & Best Rated Products

    My little lady bought a pair for when we snow-shoe and got me a pair .. I was skepticle on their claims, but, after wearing them, I was quite impressed. I am only in my first season of wearing them so I can only comment on my few times wearing them, but, so far, great socks!
     
  19. insidethebunker

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    I've recently picked up wool socks at Sams. The brand says OmniWool and there are 3 pairs of socks for $14.95. I'm pleased thus far with the comfort of the socks but I don't have any long term experience with how they will last.
     
  20. Jendeere

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    I wear smartwool year round, and they last me quite a while. Recently I was able to pick up 25 pair at Rei for $2 a pair. My DD and wear the same size so that is another plus. My husband swears by the carhartt socks mentioned above, they last forever. He uses them for work so we rotate about 15 pair and I pick up 2 or 3 new pair each year. He has been wearing the blue ones most recently.