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Great socks, one drawback...
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
As others have mentioned these are great at controlling smell, wick well and are quite durable in the boot and when they don't come into contact with brush, and they are comfortable. I have noticed that the Achilles right above the thicker heel portion of the sock is the weak spot in my Icebreakers. They last for years before getting a hole there, but every pair I've had gets a hole there. One thing to note is that the fibers pull out fairly quickly from the upper portion of the sock if hiking through any type of brush. These are not very durable in that regard. So if you like to wear shorts when hiking through brush, which my friends tell me is kinda weird... but I do it - even if its kinda chilly... be aware of that.
A SOCK review?!
Weird, but I also wrote a review about a spork, so...
Since I have not worn all available socks, I cannot say with any degree of authority that these are the best socks ever made, but I can tell you that these are the best socks I have ever worn.
I stumbled upon them 9 years ago when I bought two pair on a whim. I still have those two pair, and I've recently acquired two more.
I have worn these socks every single time over the last 9 years that I've hiked, biked, trained, run, and climbed when it's not hovering near 0 (I wear a thicker pair in that case) and the climb doesn't involve my 5.10 Newtons (then too if there's an approach). It is not an exaggeration to say that I have literally not worn any other brand of sock or even any other physical SOCK over that nine year period of time during those activities.
I'll post a photo of how little they've degraded in that time (old/new...note the very slight wear near the achilles.)
How does Icebreaker make money when you can use one of their products for almost a decade?
In addition to wearing them on my feet, I've used them as isobutane cozies, sunglass and iPhone protectors, constituents of my cram-pillow, sleeping gloves, 100% UV-blocking sleep masks for taking naps next to alpine lakes while my now-bare feet soak. I've strained Andean and Cascadian glacial till through them directly into a nalgene so I could sort of see through my water before I drank it, and done the same in the Sierra to cull out wiggly mosquito larvae, then worn them...(the socks.)
I even flew to New Zealand to take a photo of a merino sheep! (and to get married...)
They only work moderately-well for wiping up tent condensation/puddles or for clearing wet snow from fisheye lenses, though. (stupid disulfide cross-linkages in a hydrophobic fibril shell vs. polypeptide cortex chains in the hydrophilic inner fibrils...)
Anyway, don't let that dissuade you.
If you by a pair, you will have a long love affair with them.
Love the Crew!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
Great socks for hiking, I really like the merino wool. Odor resistance is the biggest reason I buy merino and these do a fairly good job, they did catch the odor from my shoes but not really from my sweat or the rain. The crews are my favorite, prefer over the ankle!
I wear these for a week at time, around the house or on hikes and they don't stink or stretch. Merino wool is the best material for clothing.
This is my first experience with Icebreaker socks and I am highly impressed. I used to think that Smartwool was the only good merino option, but these were on sale so I figured I'd give them a try. The features, quality construction, and attention to detail of these socks is just as good as anything Smartwool makes.
And since I've been comparing these to Smartwool, I think it's important to note the differences between these and the Smartwool midweight hiking socks. I have both, and the Icebreakers are quite a bit lighter. Nothing wrong with that, just be aware of this fact if you are choosing between the two. I bought the silver/red/oil color and was surprised to find out that they are a lot more grey than the backcountry.com picture would indicate.
I'm quite happy with this purchase and will probably be buying more of these in the near future.
Don't Seem Like Hiking Socks
Maybe I just have odd feet, but I found that my feet were pretty sore when I wore these socks hiking. These don't seem to have enough cushion for me. They're cool looking, but they've been relegated to the back of the sock drawer in favor of pairs that give me better support on the trail.
These socks are great. They are warm without being too large and have support in the right places. You pay a little more than a normal hiker sock, but you'll find it's worth it. Mind the label when it says NOT to tumble dry, I did this by accident, and the socks came out a little fuzzy, but still just as warm and comfy.
This is by far the best sock i have ever worn. Incredibly comfortable, warm,regulates temperature perfectly, etc. My only complaint is with the construction of one of the footpads. While one sock works perfectly, the other wants to bunch up in the arch of my foot. Could just be me, could just be this pair. I have to say that they are so good I find myself doing whatever I canto make it work. That says a lot, right?
what gives these socks their anti-odour...
what gives these socks their anti-odour property? is merino naturally anti-odour or is there some sort of chemical treatment applied to the socks? are the silver fibre socks better at inhibiting bacteria and odour?i'm hiking the inca trail in june and i'm packing light so ideally just one or two pairs of socks at most.
Merino (and wool) are naturally good at blocking odor.
There are a number of aspects of the physical and chemical structure of Merino that make it naturally more resistant to odors than other textiles, especially synthetics.
Moisture Transport - While sweat itself has no odor, if it remains on the skin in time bacteria develop and create unpleasant body odors. Merino reduces the opportunity for odors to generate because it is more efficient than other textiles at absorbing sweat and evaporating it into the air.
No Microbial attraction - Studies have shown that bacteria are more attracted to the smooth, positively charged surface of a synthetic fiber than the scaly surface of a Merino fiber which carries no charge.
Moisture Absorption - The Merino has a much greater capacity than other fibers to absorb moisture. In fact, it can absorb 35% of its own weight in liquid. The moisture is bound within the structure, and so is not available to microbes, which are unable to penetrate the scaly surface of the fiber.
Glass Transition - In water and conditions of high humidity, Merino passes through what is termed a glass transition at which point it dramatically increases its rate of absorption and dispersion.
Trapping Odors - The rate of diffusion of small and large molecules into the fiber increases and it is able to absorb odors faster. When the temperature drops, and the fiber once again falls below the glass transition, the odors are trapped within the structure even if the moisture evaporates. Later, during laundering, the garment again passes through the glass transition point and the odors are carried out of the structure by the water. Synthetics are not able to benefit from this same effect because they do not pass through glass transition during normal wear.