Point6 Hiking Tech Extra Light Mini Crew
Thicker-than-normal, extra lightweight merino wool…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10 USD
Thicker-than-normal, extra lightweight merino wool socks that perform well in warm weather, particularly with low-cut trail or approach shoes. Inconsistencies with cuff height exist.
- Thicker cushioning than many "lightweight" competitors—this could be a con for some, but I find it a pro.
- Domestically made
- ID feature on inside cuff (size and weight is displayed)
- Inconsistent cuff height among brand's "Mini Crew" cut
- Style-focused designed (turn off for some)
I previously reviewed the Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Mini Crew. Readers will notice many similarities in these two reviews, but I felt the need to make product reviews available for each specific product, especially with the differences in cuff height and cushioning.
This pair was purchased at the same time as the previously reviewed pair, and has been used at approximately the same rate, with more use coming in the warmer months.
I’ve owned these socks for a little more than one year now and most of their use has come on the hiking trail, paired with my Asolo Sunsets or Oboz Sundogs trail shoes. Occasionally they are worn on more casual occasions with a pair of sneakers.
I wear a men’s US13 and the Point6 XL size (12-14.5) fits well. I have pretty average feet (i.e. not flat, nor high arches, not wide, nor overly narrow) which is likely one reason why they fit so well.
- 60% Merino wool
- 37% nylon
- 3 % spandex
Extra light cushion
1.25" cuff (mini crew)
Important Note: the other pair of Point6 socks I reviewed were also labeled “mini crew” but had 2.5" cuffs. I believe Point6 should work to clarify this inconsistency. Both heights serve their purpose, but shouldn't be labeled the same cut.
According to the company, all Point6 socks are designed and made in the USA with high quality imported New Zealand merino wool and “compact spun."
Like most socks, especially merino wool ones, these were soft and comfortable the first time I put them on. However, the true test of a pair of socks is whether or not they are still comfortable in 3 months, 6 months, a year, etc. of repeated use. After one year (hopefully longer, we’ll see) these certainly remain comfortable.
Of course, these aren’t the only merino wool socks on the market, but in my opinion, they are as good, if not better than other merino socks I’ve worn in the past, especially when compared directly to other extra light weight wool socks. I own some other brands light cushioned socks and inevitably, they wear out faster than desired.
Compared to other lightweight wool socks I’ve owned, these socks are the most comfortable and most durable.
Merino wool is magical. It is naturally odor-resistant, great at moderating temps (think warm feet in cold weather and cool feet in hot temps) and handles moisture better than many materials.
A notable feature is the amount of cushioning for a sock labeled as "extra light cushioning." Generous cushioning is located on the bottom of the foot and over top of the instep. While my feet are forgiving to begin with and rarely do I experience rubbing or sore feet, I have not noticed any issues in these areas. To me, these socks feel more like a "light" weight rather than an "extra light" weight sock.
A rather small, but well-received touch on these socks, as well as other Point6 socks I've worn, is the ID feature on the inside cuff. On one side, in stitching is the style of sock (i.e. Hike XLT - meaning Extra Light) and on the other size, stitching indicates the sizing (i.e. XL). This is helpful when down the road, I want to buy another pair and can't remember exactly what style or size I purchased. It's a small touch, but a nice one.
Aside from the previously mentioned cuff length inconsistencies, the only other drawback I see for these socks is that they are fairly flamboyant in available design and color choices. When looking for the most neutral color/style choices available (yes, I’m boring), this gray version with various design elements were the best options available. While they are fairly toned down, they still have some pretty noticeable/eye-catching designs.
Best worn with low to medium cut trail shoes. 1.25" cuff not recommended for boots. The extra light weight wool performs best in warm seasons, but is thick enough to perform in the cooler months (but not in mid-Atlantic winters though).