User Review: SmartWool Mountaineer Sock
Materials: merino wool blend
Use: winter mountaineering/snowshoeing
Break-in Period: none
Weight: not much
Price Paid: $18
My favorite winter hiking/camping sock for several years. thicker and warmer than anything else i have been able to find (caveat - i'm testing a pair of Bridgedale summit socks that are pretty close). because the sock is so thick, i can't wear them with any of my non-winter hiking boots. they are reserved for the really cold days snowshoeing in Pac Boots or the winter mountaineering boots. paired with good boots, my feet have been toasty in these socks at thirty below zero, fahrenheit, and they would have been happy at much colder temps.
durability has been excellent. no holes, no noticeable wear. they tend to "pill" a little on the exterior. that's cosmetic and hasn't affected the fit or performance; the loops inside the sock have worn very well. on longer trips, the socks tend to become a little stretched out, though not so much so that it has been a problem.
not a good sock for the clothes dryer. line dry them to avoid shrinkage over the long term. washing them inside out can help with pilling. i have also noticed that the clothes dryer tends to make the fuzzy interior bunch up somewhat over time.
a winner. pricey, but...having ten toes is priceless.