Merino Socks

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  1. Garrett Godlewski

    Garrett Godlewski Weekend Warrior

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    Looking for a good pair of heavy socks to change into once I get to stand to help my feet not freeze. The few I was looking at were the first lite zero cold weather, smart wool extra heavy, farm to feet. Anyone have these or what others do you recommend?
     
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  3. Garrett Godlewski

    Garrett Godlewski Weekend Warrior

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    Ehh.. I haven't gotten to the point where I cant tolerate it/ wanna leave bc of it but far from comfortable... I also want to upgrade my boots as well. Ill check them out, thanks!
     
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    I have about a two dozen farm to feet, every thing from daily socks to heavy weight waders socks. The medium weight Elys are my favorite hunting sock.
    I also have some smart wool heavy weights, they are nice however not as structured.
    Filson Heavy weight wool socks are very warm, hold up well and have very durable outwear texture.
    I also have Gore, darn tuff and icebreaker and few other brands for comparison
     
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    Darn tough OTC hunter.
    Real tree merino socks are cheaper and work almost as well.
    Might also try boot covers with a hand warmer inside


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    Smart wool everything they make is quality.
     
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    I have some of their base layers, great stuff! May have to pull the trigger on their socks as well



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    Fortunate to have a sock factory outlet about three miles away that sells Smartwool and other socks much cheaper than stores. Got several pair and other types for outdoorsy things.
     
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    Darn tough for me. A little spray deodorant and muck boots and I’m good.


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    Darn tough here too, but a few other thoughts:
    +Loosen your boots in the stand too when you change socks. Snug boots for hiking, but some (air) space is insulation.
    +some guys on here use the artic shield boot covers... Not cold enough here for me to justify, so ymmv.
    +those few days here when it is cold, I actually use different boots. I have a pair of boots I had bought for my kids from dicks with a puffy Neoptene inner (recall, if you're old enough, the 'moon boots' of the 70s) with a synthetic outer. They totally suck to hike in, but keep my feet toasty warm.
    +heated socks also an option, if you get cold feet sitting, like I do.
     
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    I second the Darn Tough recommendation. I've worn Smart Wool and First Lite socks, but DT takes the cake easy.
     
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    I'm of the opinion that socks make little difference in keeping warm.
    A good pair of boots" a bit big" and dry feet trumps a sock.
     
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    That’s the other thing I need to upgrade. Looking at the lacrosse aeroheads. Currently only have a pair of 800g Irish setters.


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    Darn tough.. I thought smart wool was OK until I tried darn tough. No comparison. I gave all my smart wool socks away.
     
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    have to ask who takes used socks?
     
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    A buddy that didn't want to spend the money on new socks
     
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    I was at the mall with my fiance and saw an LL bean next door so stopped and checked what they had. None of the major brands but I picked up a pair of LL bean boot socks, 78% merino wool and seem like a decent heavyweight sock... will test out soon
     
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    Yep


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    I was a smart wool guy. Nothing wrong with them and they’re actually great but i tried Darn tough. I will never buy another brand wool sock.
     
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    If you ain't clumping around the woods like Herman Munster, your boots are too small.
     

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