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Posted: 1/30/2011 12:02:38 PM EDT
I always hear good things about Smartwool socks. Does anyone wear them with liner socks or are they usually okay on their own?

I bought a pair of these for the winter at Cabelas.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:03:42 PM EDT
I wear them all by themselves. They don't need liners.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:05:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 12:05:16 PM EDT by lokt]
They're great, but if you get to Costco at the right time, you can buy American made knockoffs for about half the price.

I wear them all the time without liners.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:06:58 PM EDT
Good to hear. I like how they are warm enough to wear with waterproof trail-running shoes during the winter. Beats wearing snow boots for 3-4 months.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:08:15 PM EDT
Have 10pr of the black hikers and 1 gray pr of the hikers...foot nirvana!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:08:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By stutzcattle:
I wear them all by themselves. They don't need liners.


Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:12:52 PM EDT
i've bought them on sale in dept store men's dept. very comfy and durable.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:19:47 PM EDT
The Columbia knock offs are the best I've found.

Find them on eBay.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:20:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By stutzcattle:
I wear them all by themselves. They don't need liners.


Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:21:14 PM EDT
Smartwool is the only sock my husband wears. We got lucky one day and found a store having a buy one get one free sale. We bought a whole bunch.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:21:19 PM EDT
The only socks I buy are "Darn Tough" brand out of Vermont I believe. They have a life time warranty. Free replacement if you ever wear a hole in them.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:21:29 PM EDT
Pretty much wear them all winter. Comfortable, durable and very warm. I always line dry them also, seems to make them last longer.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:22:26 PM EDT
I wear them straight, no liner –– they're awesome.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:26:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 12:26:47 PM EDT by nashgill]
I wear the Light Hikers every day from October through April. Then on most fishing trips, camping trips, etc. throughout the rest of the year. No liners needed. I wear the regular Hiker when in waders or skiing or really cold temps.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:38:17 PM EDT
Wear them almost every day during the winter .... they're very comfortable and dry, and don't
get itchy like regular wool socks. I usually go with Wig-Wam ... Campmor puts them on special
a few times a year, for about half the cost of SmartWool.








Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:40:05 PM EDT
They've been keeping my feet warm for several years now, comfy too
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:46:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 12:46:52 PM EDT by blacksunshinez51]
Don't know, I don't need socks with flip flops
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:47:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 1:05:57 PM EDT by patchouli]
When I worked aboard the fishing boat in AK, I had a particular pair that were like heaven for my feet.

I bought several types of socks including wool, smart wool, polypropylene,etc.

I loved the columbia alpaca wool ones. I would wear them virtually every day. At "night" I would soak them with lysol and hang em in my bunkl to dry em out. A bit funky, but they were awesome compared to all the rest.

I hated when they ripped and died later.

No liners.

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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:47:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 12:49:16 PM EDT by 0311Hoosier]
For me, it was "love at first wear".

For outside activities, I don't use anything else.

ETA: I don't use liners. I think those are for people that have issues with wool (though the Merino woll is supposed to be less problematic for sensitive people)
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:48:20 PM EDT
Fantastic socks.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:51:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 12:52:17 PM EDT by beequewl]
Originally Posted By sweetdaddy:
The only socks I buy are "Darn Tough" brand out of Vermont I believe. They have a life time warranty. Free replacement if you ever wear a hole in them.


Tactical Socks FTMFW

I don't know what to think now that even socks are tactical. They even have a high speed low drag model.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:56:54 PM EDT
They're great, but expensive. i have some black ones i wear around the office and low cuts i run in. In the summer the heat index might be 110 when i'm running. I'm soaked with the exception of my feet. Sure the socks are wet but with the wicking action, my feet are dry. Look for knocks offs and save a few bucks.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:57:57 PM EDT
I never wear anything under them. It's a very soft, durable wool.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 12:57:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By stutzcattle:
I wear them all by themselves. They don't need liners.

This. I love mine.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:00:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 1:01:17 PM EDT by PlaneJane]
I wear jeans for work probably nine months out of the year, and if I'm wearing jeans, I'm wearing SmartWool heathered rib socks. No liners.

Jane
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:03:14 PM EDT
I prefer the Under Armour brand.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:05:15 PM EDT
If you are a REI member they have 25% off sales several times a year.
For almost the same sock go to Sams and get a three pack for 15 bucks. Real nice for the money but not as nice as the genuine article.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:27:34 PM EDT
I mostly wear smartwools. They make thinner ones for the summer, they quit making the ones I like the best.

I wear the thick ones for slippers. I even go outside in them sometimes.

I have also worn thorlos. I hear those vermont ones are good but I've never worn them.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:53:32 PM EDT
In really extended cold weather , the smartwool liners are nice addition !
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 1:58:47 PM EDT
Just get any sock with a high merino wool content. 50% or >.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 2:00:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wastegate:
Just get any sock with a high merino wool content. 50% or >.



Name one brand with half the quality, and I'll go for it. Every one I have tried in an attempt to "save" money has cost me what I paid for the inferior sock I no longer wear.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:45:04 PM EDT
same here. I got some at sams for a little less but they have thick seams around the toe I did not notice and they don't fit right. So I don't wear them.

I got some thin wigwams but they pilled a lot. Maybe their thicker styles are better, I know some folks like that brand.

It doesn't pay to try and save, my smartwools are still going strong, the first pair I got is a little thin in the heel but I've had them for almost 10 years.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:49:03 PM EDT
I got about 30 pair of smartwool. You won't need liners with good socks. I have worn liners but it ain't necessary.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:51:10 PM EDT
I don't like them.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:05:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 7:06:30 PM EDT by Holden_McRoyne]
They're the only socks I wear anymore. You can pick them up cheap at http://www.sierratradingpost.com/
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:56:26 PM EDT
I went to go buy some wool socks for a trip to Utah. Academy was sold out of SmartWool and only had some expensive $8/pair ones. I was about to get 'em when I walked 2 aisles over and they had diabetic wool socks for $3/pair. Same fiber composition as the uber expensive ones, just a different percentage. They kept me warm and dry just fine. I've never worn regular wool socks so YMMV
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:10:20 PM EDT
I received 48 free pairs of Smart Wool socks from Grey Group Training as a Christmas present. They are by far the best socks I have ever worn.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:12:05 PM EDT
I wore them in the Army in place of the shitty issued socks
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:14:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By stutzcattle:
I wear them all by themselves. They don't need liners.


First post and all!

If you watch at Gander Mountain and Academy (stores close to me) you can catch them at 50% and not have to worry about cheap knock offs.

I love them and wear them daily.

BigDozer66

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:18:04 PM EDT
I wear them instead of the BS socks the Army issues. Just don't look at my socks
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:22:23 PM EDT
Liner socks?

They make nice socks. I like the thinner ones so my feet don't sweat. If I need heavier socks, I pull out the Danners.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:39:20 PM EDT
Smart wool socks are great, I only use the liners on really cold days.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 8:42:31 PM EDT
Just got 2 pairs as a gift. I ask family just to give me socks as presents.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:27:28 PM EDT
Wearing them today and they have really lived up to their reputation.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:38:42 PM EDT
I just ordered a pair of "Darn Tough" socks yesterday. We'll see what they are like. I live on the smartwool reservation.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:39:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By stutzcattle:
I wear them all by themselves. They don't need liners.


+1

Very comfy....would like to find them cheaper....the local outfitter has 'em for $15 a pair!

Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:42:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By lokt:
They're great, but if you get to Costco at the right time, you can buy American made knockoffs for about half the price.

I wear them all the time without liners.
REI also has the USA-made ones. When they are on-sale, they are pretty good deal. I wear the sock by itself. Now if it get cold, I will wear a liner sock of Thermax, to add a bit of extra warmth.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:46:56 PM EDT
I love them. My Mom has been getting me a pair every Christmas for about the last 10 years.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:47:56 PM EDT
The wife and I both like Smartwool socks. With the sale they had going on at Sierra Trading Post we stocked up.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:50:18 PM EDT
I've done hundreds of miles in them hiking and never had a problem. I'm pretty happy with them. No liner. I've worn all different varieties depending on the boot I'm wearing them with. Good stuff.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 1:55:04 PM EDT
Awesome socks. I have a pair of the Expedition hikers that are almost 10 years old - no holes and still going (though pretty thin on the heel). Smart Wool is pretty much the only sock I buy now. They more than last long enough to offset the initial high price. I wear them with athletic shoes, suits, boots, you name it. I've never felt a need to use liners with them. Comfortable as can be, keep my feat warm in the winter and cool in the summer, regardless of whether they are wet or dry, take forever to funk up - the only thing not to like is the price; but at 10 years per set of socks, I figure I can amortize $2 a year.
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