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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These Icebreaker socks are way more durable than other merino wool socks, such as Smartwook, Point 6, Teko eco-merino, Stoic. For those "lesser" brands, I'd turn socks inside out for washing like instructed, and I get clumps of wool that would come off, and so over time they'd get thinner and thinner. Not so with Icebreaker socks, they feel like they will last forever. The only other brand that is similarly durable is Darn Tough Merino. My only gripe is that they fit a bit bulky at the toes - not sure if they bothered with women-specific fit or just shrank men's versions. I have 8 pairs of these - I wear them almost everyday for fall, winter, and spring, and all in the cranberry color which makes sock matching easy. And I can wear each pair for 5-7 days without washing and without even a hint of smell. At least for the cranberry color, they fit a bit large. I'm in between sizes, and I find I need to go with the smaller of the 2 sizes.
Nice light sock
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Like this sock a lot, but is a bit thinner than expected. Definitely worth it for the discounted price (under $16 for two pair),
icebreakers were great on a 145 mile backpacking trip.
Wore these for several days and alternated with smartwool. For serious mountain hiking 20-30 mile days, this is the sock for me. No blisters, no soggy socks. They're not as soft as smartwool, but my feet preferred them. Although not thick, they kept me warm at temperatures around 0 c. If you need a technical sock pick this. They didn't get smelly, either. A blister can ruin your whole trip, hiking socks are not the area to economize.
sorry, not as good as smartwool
I've got a lot of smartwool socks and they all are a lot softer than these feel. I don't know if washing them would've made a difference but I didn't try it since I knew I needed to return them. In addition to feeling scratchy they were also pretty tight and I have very average calves, not cankles or anything. I think I'll stick with smartwool in the future.
Great Comfortable Socks, not too much bulk
I've used these mostly for hiking. They've held up well and were very comfortable, without adding bulk. They wicked moisture well, while helping temperature control. Durable. I always hang-dry my wool socks: saving energy!
I absolutely love these socks. I used to be a Smartwool fan, but Icebreaker has moved in as the new favorite. They are more durable and do OK with a very light dry cycle (though I normally hang them). I don't recommend putting wool anything in the dryer.
Time to order more. I've been alternating between these and the Carhart wool socks. These breath a bit better.
The perfect sock for outdoor sports in cold weather
I love these socks and they are all I wear for my winter riding (horses). My feet stay warm in my riding boots, and they fit comfortably in the Ariat boots that I wear. They are very durable. I own about 10 pair, and bought my husband another 10 pair.