40% Yak cashmere, 40% Mongolian wool, 14% nylon, 6% elastic
from Mongolian herders and manufactured in Ulan Bator
These are amazing socks. Of course they are comfortable and thick...but they also don't need washing for days and days, and still keep all of their cushion.
- They're expensive
I took two pairs of these socks on a four-day backpacking trip that included plenty of thunderstorms. We got wet the first day, hiking first in the rain, and then on a narrow trail through rain-soaked bushes. These socks were so wet that I squeezed out as much water as I could and left them in the tent vestibule overnight. They did not really dry out in the humid air after the storm.
And the next day? I had to choose. I had another pair of the socks, but I wasn't sure how quickly these would dry—and I knew that the next day would also be wet hiking on the trail. I didn't want to end up with two wet pairs of socks, and no dry ones. So I put my wet socks back on. They got squishy wet again on the trail, but by the time we made camp at noon, they were beginning to dry out. And I gave them a few hours in the sun, before the rain hit again that afternoon.
On day three, I decided I would see exactly how good these socks were. They were pretty dry now, but soon soaked again on the trail. Once in camp, I left them to dry in the sun, and by the time it started raining again, they were dry-ish.
On the final day, I just kept wearing that same pair of socks. Yes, they got quite wet again on the trail, but by the time we were back at the car, they had pretty much dried out. And two hours later, when I finally took them off, they were dry.
That's four days of getting soaked each day, never getting even a rinse clean, and still keeping their shape. They cushioned my feet just as luxuriously the last day as they did the first. Absolutely amazing. If only we had fared so well!
Did I mention that my daughter had given me TWO pairs of these socks? I saved the second pair in my pack, keeping them dry in case of emergency, and wearing them at night in my sleeping bag. Soft, warm, and pure heaven.
I've tried all kinds of hiking socks, both alone and in combination. After about fifteen days on the trail, these are the best I've owned.
Source: received it as a personal gift