Sep 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm #1294059
I really like my Darn Toughs, but they're 68 grams. How am I supposed to hike with all that weight forcing me to the ground?!?
Has anyone been able to put hundreds (or thousands) of miles on a pair of socks that are a little bit lighter?Sep 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm #1912146
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
well, DTV have a huge range of weights, so you need to be a shade more specific.
I have used the really padded Full Boot Socks in the past, but the ankle comes up a bit high and that can create a bit of a heat rash there. So I bought some of the new crew version, but missed that they are only 'really padded' at the bottom. The top surface is thinner. They lasted quite nicely for 2 months continuous walking in Europe this summer, and will be used for many more walks.
Mind you, the Full Boot Socks also last me for years.
CheersSep 14, 2012 at 12:28 am #1912153
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REI used to carry blue polypro liner socks that wore like iron, but last I checked, they don't have them anymore.Sep 14, 2012 at 6:03 am #1912172
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No.Sep 14, 2012 at 9:10 am #1912197
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
Defeet Wooleators are more durable and lighter than the thinner DTs.Sep 14, 2012 at 10:44 am #1912224
Thanks for the heads up on DeFeet.Sep 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm #1912344
This DeFeet sock is also very nice. My favorite of the four or five brands I've tried. Probably not any lighter than the sock you mentioned. I haven't tried the Darn Toughs but would like to.Sep 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm #1912348Sep 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm #1912350
@redmonkLocale: Greater California Ecosystem
DahlgrenSep 15, 2012 at 7:43 am #1912406
which ones do you have?
they make padded and non-padded ones (Mesh)- the Mesh are lighter and more breathable, but lack the padding- they also offer micro crew, 1/4 length and no-show- each a little lighter than the former
I've been using the Mesh 1/4's of late for trail running, longevity is good, but not as good as the padded; but then again they have a lifetime warranty :)Sep 15, 2012 at 8:17 am #1912414
+1 defeet wooleators
I've alternated two pairs for ~3000 miles over 3 years, and there is only one small hole on one of the socks.Sep 15, 2012 at 8:53 am #1912424
Any thin polyester running socks do fine. I use defeet wool-e-ators and various running socks, I dont prefer one over the other at all, they are interchangeable. Polyester dries quicker though.
3 things important in a sock, IMO:
1) Cuff. Need to cover ankles to protect from scraping from the other foot when walking in narrow & deep trail treads. Dont sacrifice 0.25 oz here to have a lighter sock.
2) roomy toes. Narrow socks that squeeze the toes together make the piggies uncomfortable after many miles.
3) keep them clean. Dirt permeates trail runners and socks and starts abrading the foot after only a day or two.
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