Bridgedale Endurance Trekker
Materials: merino wool/synthetic blend
Use: day hikes and training, long hikes
Break-in Period: none
Weight: next to nothing
Price Paid: $15
I have withheld a five star rating only because there are a number of very good brands of socks on the market these days. That said, these are among the best of the best.
The Endurance Trekker is a medium volume sock, good for hiking and providing a moderate to significant amount of warmth. I have primarily worn them with light hiker/trail running shoes; they aren't quite thick enough for my full-leather boots.
The socks are a blend of merino wool and synthetic fibers. they have a close, stretchy fit. The socks are designed with more padding in certain areas (eg the bottom of the foot) and less in others (eg the shin area), and there are yet other areas that are ribbed, such as the front of the ankle, a place where some socks are prone to wrinkling. the socks are medium height, mid-shin. they stay up reasonably well, though they occasionally slip down on the shin.
As with any sock made of merino wool, these socks are not itchy (as wool can often be), keep your feet warm and comfortable, and do so even after a day of hard work or when the elements get them wet. Bridgedale's particular blend feels somewhat softer and very slightly less elastic than another favorite brand of merino sock that i often wear, Darn Tough. As a result, the Bridgedale fits well but never feels "tight," whereas the Darn Tough feels very firm on the foot. another difference is that the Bridgedale socks (like Smartwool socks but to a lesser extent) "pill" somewhat more than socks that are more tightly woven.
I have worn this sock a lot, many days in a row, to see how they perform with accelerated wear. So far, the very limited amount of pilling appears to be cosmetic. The loops in the interior of the sock, which do most of the work in terms of cushioning, moisture transfer, and comfort, have held up quite well.
Do yourself a favor if you spend money on merino wool socks. wash them as instructed, turn them inside out, and line dry them. they will last a lot longer, and the fibers won't shrink much, if at all, if they don't go in a clothes dryer.
One of the best socks on the market, definitely worth the price.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
2NDS, barely perceptible blemishes. Experience the ultimate in comfort with Bridgedale's hiking socks, featuring breathable, moisture-wicking fabric, no-slip zones and smooth toe seams. Available Colors: TAN, BLUE / DARK BLUE, BLACK, GREY / DARK GREY HEATHER, GRYBRN/KHKI, BLACK/GREY, CHARCOAL/RED, LIGHT BLUE/BLUE, CHR/GRY, OLIVE/DARK OLIVE, CHARCOAL/RED/GREY, GREY/BLUE, SKY, BLACK/SILVER. Sizes: S, L, M, XL.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
Bridgedale Endurance Trekker Socks are a slim Fit style designed for the regular, dedicated outdoor female enthusiast, this style ensures dry, warm and comfortable feet - mile after mile. Slim Fit:Extended Backpacking, Trekking & Hiking. Endurance: Tough WoolFusion- for durable performance. Trekker: Designed for any-season, Hiking, Trekking and Backpacking. Fibre Content: 41% New Wool 37% Nylon/polyamide 21% EndurofilT/polypropylene 1% Lycra-/elastane
- Mountain Hideaway refers to the men's version
Description of Garmont Endurance Trekker SocksThe Garmont factory has manufactured footwear for over 140 years. Garmont is at the height of innovation for footwear and ski boots and produces the only ski boots with triple-injection technology. Garmont trail footwear features Garmont anatomically directed design and spine system technology which adds stability to footwear at less weight. Our best selling hiking sock, named best for 3 season backpacking by Backpacker Magazine. Unique construction provides ankle flexion, a deep heel pocket and moisture management. FeaturesBest fit for medium volume footwear.Best performance for waterproof breathable footwear.Dense midweight cushioning remainscomfortable all day.
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
When you have miles and miles of trail stacked up ahead of you, get your feet into the Bridgedale Wool Fusion Trekker Socks. These feel-good hiking socks are great for arduous excursions into the backcountry where your feet are your only mode of transportation.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version