ale4226890

ale4226890

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ale4226890 wrote a review of on December 29, 2010

5 5

It's amazing how much of gear effectiveness is behavioral. My hands are always freezing so usually I buy the thickest, biggest gloves I can. Once I bought mittens. Then, because you can't actually do anything in thick gloves, I take them off whenever I need to handle anything. Of course, when I'm not handling anything, I might as well stuff my hands in my pockets to keep them warm. Eventually I stop wearing the gloves out of the house all together.

Given my recent revelations about wool socks (if you have sweaty feet, you also probably have sweaty hands--ruined my promising origami career), I thought I'd lay out the cash for one last glove experiment. Sweaty hands are possibly the reason Isotoners never worked for me, but these were a revelation! All the little tasks in setting up camp and cooking I could do while wearing these. This especially makes a big difference if there's anything metal you have to touch, of course. I was camping in the 20s and 30s and while my hands weren't toasty, I never completely lost feeling.

One thing that bugged me is that there's no sizing information. What gives?? Yeah, they're flexible, but the more area the fabric covers, the lower the density, the less heat can be kept in. Unless Icebreaker wool has some funny relationship with the laws of physics...which come to think of it I could believe. But anyway, I have thin hands but long fingers. If I measure around my knuckles it's 7" and from the base of my ring finger to the tip it's a little under 3". I ordered the medium but the fingers are a little too short. So if in doubt I'd err on a larger size.

Anyway. Thank you for reading my semi-biographical product review.

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ale4226890

ale4226890 wrote a review of on December 29, 2010

5 5

This gets mentioned more often in the reviews of the men's version of the sock, so let me bring it up here:If your feet sweat at all, wool is the way to go. I think what happens with cotton is that they make your feet warm, so your feet sweat--bam, now you have wet socks and cold feet.I couldn't believe until I tried these how uncomfortably clammy my feet feel even on mild days in cotton socks. I switched over to wearing these exclusively and you definitely owe it to yourself to give them a try.
What I haven't seen in any other reviews--so take it with a grain of salt--is that these run small. In fact, several of the other smartwool socks I've tried too. I'm a 9 in running shoes so even smaller in dress shoes but I'm definitely better off with the large size. It's not a matter of shrinkage with washing because the larges fit great right out of the box. They're flexible so a smaller size works, but the toes are less roomy and the reinforced part of the heel doesn't reach high enough so they wear a little faster.

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