Bridgedale Endurance Summit
Materials: merino wool/synthetic blend
Use: four season/heavy hiking
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $16.50
I purchased a mid-weight and heavyweight pair of Bridgedale socks because I had heard so many good things about the brand. This is the heavyweight, which I would wear as an alternative to the thick Smartwool socks I use for heavy hiking and four-season trips.
the sock is a blend of merino wool and synthetic. it is a surprisingly warm, high-volume sock - it feels thicker and warmer than it looks and is definitely suitable for the coldest conditions you could encounter. Like any merino sock, it is soft (not scratchy) and does a good job keeping your feet warm, dry, and comfortable, even with heavy exertion and sweat.
The sock has different thicknesses of material depending on location; heel, toe, and bottom are more padded, whereas there is less padding on top of the foot. Too early to opine on how they wear in the very long term, but I have been wearing them on an accelerated basis, meaning a lot of days and more washings than normal, to see how they will do. So far, the are wearing well, just a few exterior pills that are common for merino socks.
I'm very happy with these - one of the best brands out there.
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Your nerves may be shot, but at least your feet will be comfortable while you're hiking through avalanche-prone couloirs wearing the Bridgedale Summit Socks. Bridgedale made these extreme series heavyweight socks for active use in very cold weather. Gore recommends you wear the Summit Socks with their Gore-Tex boots since the socks aid in the ventilation process of their waterproof/breathable footwear. The Summit Sock's blend of New Wool and Isolfil keep your feet warm and wick away moisture so your feet stay dry. Bridgedale has tested and rated the Summit Socks down to -25C.
Spend days at a time in the backcountry with Bridgedale's Endurance Summit Sock - a hardy blend of wool and synthetic fibers. Your feet are saved from rocky trails and hard-packed snow by dense cushioning throughout that also provides additional warmth and padding from the cold.
- Mountain Gear
2NDS , barely perceptible blemishes. Made to hug the contours of your foot, Bridgedale's Endurance Summit socks are designed for mountains and cold environments. WoolFusion fibers fuse merino wool with moisture-wicking polypropylene for soft, warm comfort around your feet. Available Colors: GREY/DARK BLUE, BLACK / GREY, OLV HTHR/DOLV, NVY/DBLU, BLK/GY/RD, TAL. Sizes: S, M, L, XL.
- Sierra Trading Post
Expedition sock for extended use. Backpacking, trekking and walking. Dense cushioning throughout provides extra warmth, extra impact resistance and extra comfort.