Fits Socks Hiker and Trail socks

Review by Arnie P

Fits Socks Hiker and Trail socks

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Performance Trail & Light Hiker Crew socks

The Hiker and Trail socks were provided by the Fits Sock Company for the purpose of this review. Since I received two different styles of socks, this report will be a double report.

Short biography of the Fits Sock company

The company was founded in 1902 in Niota Tennessee. The company is family owned and is the oldest operating hosiery company in the United States. The company, originally called the Crescent Sock Company, is focused on producing the best filling sock and thus became the Fits Sock Company. For more details visit their web site at www.fitssock.com
The company makes a full line of socks intended for hiking, ski/snow, hunting/sporting, running, business/casual, and biking.

100% Fit Guarantee

Quoted from the product package. “ Fits Socks are guaranteed to fit like no other! If you are not satisfied with the fit of your socks, please contact Fits Sock Company within 30 days and we will replace your pair with the correct size or refund your money.”

Sizing

The socks are Unisex and the size is determined by the size of the shoe you wear. See picture below for sizing chart.
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Performance Trail socks

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Light Hiker Crew socks

 

Initial observation

The weave is very fine and the socks feel thinner than most wool socks I have tried. The appearance is neater and there is less fuzziness. The socks looked small compared to the size of my foot. When I slid them on, my foot fit in and the fit was snug.

PERFORMANCE TRAIL SOCKS

The colors available are Charcoal, Black, and light Grey
I received Light Grey, size large for men’s size 8-10 or women’s 10-11.
Measured weight for a pair: 2.1 oz
Unstretched length from heel to top of sock: 6.5 in

Composition

Wool: 58%
Nylon: 32%
Polyester: 7%
Lycra Spandex: 3%

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Performance Trail socks

Trying out the Performance Trail

It had cooled down to 82 F this morning and I had time to try on the Trail sock. I have been wearing near 100% wool socks year around for several years now, so I am used to wearing wool. The fit is definitely snug. The distance from the the bottom of my heel to the top of the sock is about 8 in when the sock is on my foot. This is about the same height as the wool socks I have been wearing. My right foot is larger than my left foot due to having broken my left ankle in 76. I can feel this difference in snugness between my two feet. Most likely this feeling will go away as I wear them and the socks stretch. My feet did not feel any warmer compared to my wearing other wool socks. They feel comfortable and the snugness does not seem to be a problem. I will soon be wearing these socks on a 2 or 3 day backpack. I will have 8 days to try them out before backpacking.

LIGHT HIKER CREW

The colors available are, Coal, Navy, Brown, Stone, Natural, and Black
I received Brown, size large for men’s size 8-10 or women’s 10-11
Measured weight for a pair: 2.6 oz
Unstretched length from heel to top of sock: 10 in

Composition

Wool: 65%
Nylon: 27%
Polyester: 6%
Lycra Spandex: 2%

(photo by alp)

Light Hiker Crew socks

Trying out the Light Hiker Crew

When I tried the Light Hiker Crew sock, I found the fit definitely snug and a little snugger than that for the Performance Trail sock. I can feel this mostly in the part of the sock that comes up my leg higher than most socks I wear. I think my calves are slightly larger than the average calf. The distance from the bottom of my heel to the top of the sock is about 12.5 in. With the extra coverage, I did feel a bit warmer, perhaps exacerbated by our current heat wave and accompanying humidity. I will probably not be wearing these socks pulled all the way up since I usually wear all my longer socks not fully extended. Initially will be wearing them fully extended just to see if my habits have changed. I will also be trying these out in the next 8 days before taking them on the 2-3 day backpack mentioned previously.

LET THE TESTING BEGIN

I feel very good about these socks, not only for their comfort, but also because they are made in this country. I am old enough to remember a time when almost everything was made in this country. Hopefully, we are headed back in that direction. This concludes my initial review, please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about the Trail and Hiker socks from the Fits Sock Company.

Update

08-13-2013

There is no doubt in my mind the climate is changing in New England. The month of July was consistently hot, rainy and very humid. I have been wearing both pairs of socks and found out quickly I preferred wearing the Hiker socks with the boots that I am also testing during this period. I will refer to the shorter sock as the Trail sock and the longer sock as the Hiker sock. The full names being Performance Trail sock and the Lightweight Hiker sock. During this period, I wore the socks on a backpack, 2 hikes, and for general nonhiking use.

Foxbrook campsite backpack

This was a 2 day backpack with a hiking friend, in what is becoming my favorite place to backpack. The Foxbrook campsite is located in New Hampshire a few miles north of Mount Monadnock. The daytime temperature was in the mid 80’s and not much cooler during the night. It did rain during the night, but this had no effect on us. The second day was a little cooler and the humidity was slightly lower.

At the beginning of our hike we went through about 2 miles of blueberry bushes. Backpackers feel particularly safe during blueberry season because it appears that the berries are more appetizing to bears than the food hikers typically carry.

rocky part of trail to Foxbrook Campsite

rocky part of trail to Foxbrook Campsite

part of forest trail on way to Foxbrook Campsite

part of forest trail on way to Foxbrook Campsite

 

The first thing we did after arriving at the campsite, was to set up our tents and replenish our water supply at a local spring. This spring is the best water supply on this 50-mile trail known as the Greenway Trail. We had made good time and we had plenty of time to get on the trail again to proceed to Jackson Hill (el 2061 ft). This was probably about a mile from our campsite. Our packs were much lighter without the sleeping equipment and tent. We did take our food supply since this area has more than the average number of bears. This hike added almost an additional 2 hours of hiking, so when we got back to the campsite, I was more than ready to eat and turn in for the night. I always seem to sleep so well on these backpacks. My hiking friend stayed up and socialized with the 4 other hikers who were staying at the campsite that night.

For this backpack, I wore the Hiker socks the first day and the Trail socks on the second day. Both socks performed well on this backpack. The Hiker sock is an excellent match for these boots. The Trail socks were not as good a match with these boots as they extend only slightly over the top of these boots and I prefer a little more coverage on my leg over the top of the boot.

Because it is mostly uphill, and the pack is heavier with food and water, the first day of a backpack is the most strenuous for me. Since I wanted to be as comfortable as possible on that first day, I wore the hiker socks. They were damp when I took them off at night. This dampness was solely due to sweating. Although I spread them out in the tent during the night, they were still damp in the morning. I could have worn them on the second day, but I really prefer to start the day in dry socks. I will have more to say about the drying capability of the socks in my final report.

I wore the Trail socks for the hike back to the parking lot. The lack of sock coverage over the top of the boot is less noticeable for me going downhill.

Horn Pond Reservation

This was another hike in the mid 80’s, hot humid with very little breeze. I wore the Hiker socks because I was wearing the same boots that I wore on the Foxbrook backpack. This was a 2-hour hike. I climbed up a very steep hill, down the other very rocky side, around Horn Pond, and back to my car. The Hiker socks were very comfortable.

Middlesex Fells from Greenwood parking lot

This was yet another hike in the mid 80’s hot humid but with a slight breeze. The breeze was very much needed mostly because of very small flying insects which at first seemed like floaters in my eye. Although I had posted this 2-hour hike on an internet group, I ended up being alone on this hike. I followed the Crystal Spring trail, passed over Ward Hill, Samoset Hill, and then changed to the Saddleback path to pass over Saddleback Hill, then back to the Crystal Trail to near where I started. The Hiker socks again proved to be very comfortable.

summit by Nolan Trail

summit by Nolan Trail

descent from summit on ledge

descent from summit on ledge

view ahead on summit descent

view ahead on summit descent

 

 

Daily use

For daily use, going to the gym, shopping and taking walks around the neighborhood I almost always wear low cut hiking shoes. With this kind of shoe, I prefer a sock that does not cover my leg much higher than the top of my shoes. The choice then becomes the Trail sock. I tend to wear the Trail socks for 5-6 days without washing. There is no noticeable odor or much change in the comfort of the sock during this period of time.

General comments

The following applies to both pair of socks. I have noticed a lot less piling with these socks compared to my other wool socks. They also usually stay in place on my legs compared to most socks I wear. In doing this they are snug but not so much so as to interfere with blood circulation. Blood circulation is more important than having a sock that stays in place on my legs. In the warmer weather circulation is a lot less of a problem. I have washed these socks by hand and found they do take longer to dry. The drying issue is not clear because of the high humidity this summer. Other differences is these socks are thicker and this may be part of the difference. Like all my wool socks, these socks I am testing do have a tendency for trail debris to stick to them. However because there is less piling, I think this accounts for them attracting less trail debris.

Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about the Hiker and Trail socks.

A last look

9-19-2013

During this period, I further validated the findings of my last report. The weather continued to be rainy and humid. I wore the Fits Trail socks daily and the Hiker socks for a 3 hour hike in the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

Middlesex Fells Reservation

During this 3 hour hike in in the eastern part of the Middlesex Fells, it was a dry 80 F, with an occasional slight breeze. This was a hike I posted as an assistant organizer on Meetup. We started the hike with 11 hikers. The first half of the hike was mostly ascending and then descending, with occasional flat areas. The Fells has a lot of rocky areas and there are sections where it is impossible to avoid stepping on exposed roots. The picture below is typical of the solid rocky areas. My traction and comfort when walking in the Hiker socks in these areas was excellent. My feet stayed dry and relatively free of sweat which is very important to me. These socks have good wicking properties. The Hiker socks are still staying in place on my legs which is also good.

rocky area in Middlesex east

rocky area in Middlesex east

hikers in Middlesex east

hikers in Middlesex east

 

Washing and drying

During this period I machine washed the Trail socks along with two other pairs of similar length socks. I hung all 3 pair of socks outside on a warm dry sunny day. My clothesline has become partially shaded over the years as the trees have grown taller. I checked the socks after I returned from the gym, about 3 hours after I had hung the wash. There was a slight difference between all the socks. The difference seems related to the thickness and weight of the socks. The ones that were wearing out were the least damp, whereas the Trail socks which had the least amount of wear were the dampest. I went for a walk and when I came back they were all bone dry. Using the washing machine did not have any adverse effect on the Trail socks. I did use the dryer later, but on fluff, to get rid of any dust or lint that might be in the socks.

Daily use

I wore the Trail sock on most days for my daily activities. The results were excellent, my feet were always dry and comfortable.

Summary

I am satisfied with the quality and performance of the Trail and Hiker socks. They were a perfect fit, retained their elasticity and were comfortable. The dry time was slightly longer than my other similar socks but there was less piling.
I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Fits Sock for the opportunity to test the Trail and Hiker socks.

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