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silk/wool socks?

Postby markskor » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:37 am

Was down at REI yesterday, looking for something to spend my $37 yearly dividend check on and was looking at socks.
Usually get the thickest wool (Smartwools - ~$16) but noticed a wool/silk blend (kind of pricey too - ~$23)…never thought of silk as good sock material.
Asked the guy about this and he said, “Silk is warmer when hiking over wet conditions”…and I still do not know what this means.
Since the boots should not get wet inside anyway, what gives? Anybody use the silk?
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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:04 am

I have wet feet a lot, so comfort when wet is a feature I like. As far as warm when wet, wool does that job fine by itself. I think the blend is to add smoothness and comfort to wool socks. Silk also may be stronger so the sock may last better. It also may just be something new so that the manufacturer hopes people would be willing to pay more - in other words marketing gimicks.
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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby BrianF » Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:33 am

Back in ancient history (1970's) before the popularity of synthetics, the backpacking store I worked in carried silk liner socks. Apparently silk has many of the good aspects of wool - warm when wet, little stink. I never have used liners so I never tried them out and they disappeared shortly after polypro became the thing. I do have a super-lightweight silk balaclava that I can vouch for the warm when wet part. Silk is a tough material also, but my smartwools last forever anyway. Probably more gimmick than function I'd wager
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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby oldranger » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:47 am

Mark,

I'm not sure how tough silk is. Doubt there is a warmth advantage over wool. WD may be right as to the smoothness but if that is an issue why not use a liner?

My "sleeping" shirt is a silk turtleneck and it is the next best thing after sleeping next to my wife neked!

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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:44 am

Mike wrote:
My "sleeping" shirt is a silk turtleneck and it is the next best thing after sleeping next to
my wife neked!


That's funny Mike. Did you check out my PM from last night? :unibrow:
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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby rlown » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:21 am

i used silk liners for years.. sometimes they'd bunch up.. I was starting to get a hot spot last year, so, I took them out.. and went right to the REI smartwool.. hotspots gone. YMMV..
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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby oldranger » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:25 am

Maverick,

yes it was funny but only relevant as ancient history given my stage in life. Did forward it to my son and son-in-law. Will show it to kathy this afternoon.

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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby paul » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:11 pm

My wife tried some silk/wool blend socks once. They did not hold up well.
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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby austex » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:28 pm

I too am ancient when it came to liners and ragg wool socks. Socks; is it now smartwool, blend,merino or with or without liner? I know there are opinions out there.
Funny thing I was pricing new Danner Lights to potentially replace my almost 30 yo ones...$200+? I think I paid about $65 for them. Lightweight and still comfy and supportive.
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Re: silk/wool socks?

Postby gary c. » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:27 pm

Mark, take a look at the latest Sierra Trading Post flyer for socks. They have been sending out a lot of flyers lately so quanities and brands very. Last week I ordered a couple pair of medium wieght Smartwool socks for under $6 a pair. :thumbsup:
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