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    Addie Bedford
    BPL Member

    @addiebedford

    Locale: Montana

    Companion forum thread to:

    Darn Tough Vermont Boot Sock Review

    #1600146
    Tony Beasley
    BPL Member

    @tbeasley

    Locale: Pigeon House Mt from the Castle

    Nice review.

    On Roger’s recommendations I started using Darn Tough socks about a year ago, they are the best sock I have ever used and without a doubt they rate in my top 5 pieces of gear.

    Tony

    #1600152
    Jeff Piper
    BPL Member

    @jmpiper

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    I have worn various styles and thicknesses of Dahlren socks for the past 5 years. Love the Alpaca wool. Any comparisons that can be made between the two?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

    #1600195
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    Sorry, no idea, as I have never seen Dahlgren socks. Tell them to send me some … :-)

    Cheers

    #1600205
    Andrew Lush
    BPL Member

    @lushy

    Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs

    No doubt about it.

    DT socks are simply the best.

    I bought a couple of pairs when I was in the US 3 years ago. I liked them so much I bought about a dozen pairs of various styles. They are the only socks I wear now – at work, training, and bushwalking.

    They are supremely comfortable and very hard wearing. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Like Tony, I first heard about them from something Roger wrote on this site. So thanks for the tip Roger.

    #1600209
    Travis Leanna
    BPL Member

    @t-l

    Locale: Wisconsin

    I was wondering when a review of these would come along! I bought a couple pairs not too long ago, so no long term experience, but they are very comfortable to wear so far.

    I've got to try out a pair of those Dunlops….

    #1600218
    David Chenault
    BPL Member

    @davec

    Locale: Queen City, MT

    I appreciate the insight on the differences in how the wool is woven.

    I find the boot socks too warm, thick, and think they breath adn wick poorly. The thinner and lower socks are my favorites, and they come in pretty colours!

    #1600222
    BRIAN BOLIN
    BPL Member

    @oboz

    Locale: OVER YONDER'

    "I find the boot socks too warm, thick, and think they breath adn wick poorly. The thinner and lower socks are my favorites, and they come in pretty colours!"

    They are great on preventing blisters, but I agree 100% Waaaaay to hot of a sock and no breathablity at all.

    #1600255
    donald buckner
    Spectator

    @toomanyarrows

    Locale: Southeast U.S.

    Just wondering what temperature if any would be considered too hot for these socks? I personally never use thick wool socks in warm conditions. Below 50 degrees F. I thought these socks were wonderful. I will use them mostly for hunting in 30-60 degree weather, and for hiking in the winter. I have been using one thin nylon dress sock for hot weather, and my shoes have to be 1/2 size smaller to fit right. I have not been on any long distance hikes where my feet might swell and demand a larger shoe size.

    #1600266
    Amy Lauterbach
    BPL Member

    @drongobird

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    +1 on the Darn Tough endorsement. LOVE THEM.

    My model: Darn Tough Merino Wool Mesh 1/4 Sock. 1.5 oz in size large.

    I wear the Mesh weight in temps from ~35 or 40 to 105. Hiking (~40-60 days per year) and also cycling (20-40 days per year).

    Much more durable than the Smartwool socks or Dahlren Alpaca socks.

    And for me, the fit is great. The DT mesh weight sock is not very stretchy so you really do need the right fit. If you order for the first time you might want to get your normal size plus the next size bigger so you can try them both. (In Montrail shoes I wear womens 10, and in DT 1/4 mesh socks I wear size Large even though I normally wear a Medium sock.)

    They carry them at BackCountry.com, so whenever I buy from them, I can always buy DT socks to reach the $50 free shipping threshold.
    http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/Darn-Tough-Merino-Wool-Mesh-1-4-Sock/DRN0008M.html

    #1600278
    mori costantino
    BPL Member

    @mori

    Locale: urban urbane

    My experience with the durability of Darn Toughs is similar. Last year on the PCT, I used one pair almost exclusively from campo to oregon. That pair outlasted 3 pairs of shoes. I did use gaiters to help keep them clean and did wash them at every resupply town.
    Comfortable too- with a wide range of temperatures.

    #1600289
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    I wear the crew height exclusively and get a couple of years out of them with six or seven pairs on rotation. They are fantastic. I would think that the boot height ones would be way too hot for me. Plus with wearing trail runners, not necessary.

    #1600336
    Donna C
    BPL Member

    @leadfoot

    Locale: Middle Virginia

    Love mine. I get them thru Shoebuy.com

    #1600346
    Per Hansen
    Member

    @pereqa

    Locale: Sunny Southern Greenland

    We are completely in agreement on this one Roger, even the color. I have bought nothing but Darn Toughs since 2008 and my experience is exactly like yours. I have bought all mine at AJ's Ski & Sports, not the cheapest, but darn good service and they are quick, even to Greenland!
    I have tried their ski socks too for winter use, I thought they were thicker, but they are mainly just longer and not really worth it. The boot socks are their no. 1 in my opinion, I will try some of their thinner woolen crew socks for summer use though, during the height of summer the boot socks are a bit on the heavy side.

    #1600415
    John Addleman
    Member

    @jaddleman

    Locale: Boulder

    I've had a pair of the hiking quarters since last fall (found some at Marshall's for $5) and they were very good to me as everyday socks during the Winter. I especially like the flat-knit cuff, it keeps stuff out better than other socks I have. I'm glad to see they have lighter-weight socks, I'll probably get those instead of Defeet Wooleators. Can anyone compare the two?

    #1600439
    Jason Livingston
    BPL Member

    @jasonlivy

    I've used both the Darn Tough Socks (for about 3 years now) and Dahlren socks for several years. My impressions are the Darn Tough socks are simply the most durable, the best fitting, and the most well made sock you can buy! The Dahlren are very good quality and well made, but Alpaca just isn't as durable as the threads Darn Tough uses (the Alpaca sheds horribly on the socks I've owned). Most of my Dahlren socks seem to fall apart after a couple of years of use.

    I do have some thicker Dahlren socks that I use exclusively for winter snowshoeing and they have served me well. I also know Dahlren have made improvements in the past year to address the durability issue (these do wear better than previous versions), but they still don't compare to the durability, fit, and robustness of Darn Tough Socks. I would say Dahlren are a tad bit warmer due to the hollow fiber of the Alpaca wool…

    #1600442
    John Coyle
    Member

    @bigsac

    Locale: NorCal

    Thanks for the article Roger. I always greatly appreciate your knowledgeable input from "Down Under." I just ordered some Darn Toughs (1/4 mesh) on sale from Backcountry Gear out of Eugene Oregon. Hang in there dude and keep the articles coming!

    #1600485
    Joe Geib
    BPL Member

    @joegeib

    Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys

    I use these for my snowboard socks. They are the best snowboard socks I've ever had.

    #1600560
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    > what temperature if any would be considered too hot for these socks?
    We have worn them up to 40 C (104 F) without any problems. Well, no FEET problems :-)

    Cheers

    #1600586
    Lynn Tramper
    Member

    @retropump

    Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna

    But are they UL???

    ;)

    #1600676
    Eugene Smith
    BPL Member

    @eugeneius

    Locale: Nuevo Mexico

    @ John,

    I too purchased a pair of the Darn Tough 1/4 mesh socks, be aware, they will not hold up anywhere near as well as Rogers DTV Boot Socks held up. I'll post up some pictures of my blown out Darn Tough 1/4 mesh socks after only 4 days of stream crossing and dusty mesas. I swear by Darn Tough Vermont socks and own several pairs and styles, best ones I've had, but the mesh version are definitely more suited for trail running and mountain biking.

    #1600686
    Jonathan Ryan
    BPL Member

    @jkrew81

    Locale: White Mtns

    best running socks I have ever used and the only ones my choco lab can chew on for an hour without destroying…

    #1600933
    Jeff Piper
    BPL Member

    @jmpiper

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks for the reply Jason. Great comparison for me between the two socks. I'll have to get my self a pair of the Darn Tough for a Shasta trip I have coming up next month to see how they work out.

    #1601112
    Andrew Lush
    BPL Member

    @lushy

    Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs

    Darn Tough socks are on sale now Backcountry Gear. 20% off.

    http://www.backcountrygear.com/apparel/Socks.cfm

    #1601166
    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan

    Better deal can be had at:

    http://www.clothesbuy.com

    Darn Tough Vermont Boot Sock Full Cushion 1405 (2 Pairs)

    $39.95

    FREE SHIPPING AND NO TAX

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