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L.L.Bean PrimaLoft Performance Socks, Crew Height

rated 1.5 of 5 stars
photo: L.L.Bean PrimaLoft Performance Socks, Crew Height hiking/backpacking sock

These socks are expensive, but they lost most of their cushion after a week of active use. It is a good idea, but needs a lot of improvements.


  • light
  • comfortable (at first)
  • protects from chafing


  • abysmal durability
  • high price

This will be a short review, since the socks failed on me after a week of use. Therefore, I didn't have time to test drying time, wicking, and other aspects of the sock. I am not sure if I received an exceptionally bad model, but I would not recommend this sock to anyone. I have some L.L. Bean gear and it is all functional, so I was surprised to see this sock perform so badly.

Durability: Nonexistent.

I wore these socks for a two-day backpacking trip and a two-day canoe trip. On the canoe trip, I wore them in the boat because my sandals gave me blisters. Therefore, they became wet and sandy. After the canoe trip, the fibers on the bottom of the sock became matted and much less cushy, even after I washed the socks and shook the sand out. Perhaps sand destroys sock fibers, but surely socks might get wet and sandy sometimes (think trail runners in swamps, people on the beach). These socks don't have any warning label about getting wet and sandy. Also, since the socks are  branded as "Ultradurable for long days on your feet" I expected better. Most of my other socks have lasted for years.

Features: Nice height and they prevent blisters. They probably have more features, but they didn't last long enough to tell.

Fit: True to size.

Hard to tell from the picture, but these fibers are matted and fraying. 


Like many people, I wear socks. I wouldn't consider myself a sock expert. I have several WigWams, some Reebok sports socks, and some UL Adidas socks. I used the L.L. Bean socks for a backpacking trip, a canoe trip, and a little bit of in-town use before they became too matted to provide cushion.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: I bought from L.L. Bean

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Price MSRP: $19.95
Historic Range: $19.95
Height 7 in
Materials 35% nylon, 31% PrimaLoft polyester, 31% merino wool, 3% spandex
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