Friday, March 16, 2012

"Made in the USA" Gear Review: SmartWool Extra Heavy Mountaineering and Extra Heavy Hunting Socks (w/liners)

What can I say? I have been using Smartwool socks for years and they are bar-none the best outdoor socks I've ever used. Durable, comfortable, warm yet breathable. I like them so much I even wear them when I'm not running around in the bush.

To test them, I ventured out for 3 hours into 23 degree F weather with a pair of Extra Heavy Hunting Socks and liners nestled inside my non-insulated Hi-Tec Summer Hiking Boots. Normally, this is a recipe for cold and miserable feet if spending any amount of time outside without insulated boots. After being stationary most of the time while testing out the gear in this article, my feet were still warm and comfortable. Pretty amazing.

Smartwool socks also don't bunch up like many socks do because of the stretchy nylon\wool blend they use. Yes, they are pricier than most socks, but for the added durability, comfort and warmth they provide, you just can't go wrong. 

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Made in Steamboat Springs, Colorado USA

To buy Extra Heavy Mountaineering Socks directly from Smartwool please click here

To buy Extra Heavy Hunting Socks & Liners directly from Smartwool please click here

About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ (without spaces)

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