Teko Midweight Minicrew Socks

Review by Arnie P

Teko Midweight Minicrew Socks

The Midweight Minicrew socks were provided by Teko for the purpose of this review.

Teko Midweight Minicrew Socks

Teko Midweight Minicrew Socks

These socks are made by Teko with certified Merino wool. Not only is the wool organic but it is also Chlorine free. Which is a great thing for people with sensitive skin. The socks are made in the USA and wind power is used in the process.

These socks extend above my ankle almost 2 inches. The socks appear to be seamless and are thicker along the bottom of the foot and the heel area as well as the the ends of the toes. The extra thickness may provide more comfort.

The socks are composed of 60% organic tekoMerino Wool, 25% Nylon, 13% tekoPoly Recycled Polyester, and 2% Lycra spandex.

In trying out these socks I am finding they give me the feeling of a heavy sock on the areas where there is extra thickness and the feeling of a light weight sock on the upper part of the foot. This feature will be interesting to test to see if they ventilate better and provide more comfort at the same time. It is also nice to know that this country can produce a quality product Check back in about a month for for an update on this review.

A surprising pair of socks

Update on 3 26 2010
I always do some testing locally before going on a long hike or backpack.  I started by wearing these socks daily from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed to find out how many days I could do this before I noticed a problem.  At the end of the sixth day, the socks did not keep my feet as warm as they did on the first day.  Even after six days, there was no noticeable odor.  It was now time to wash the socks and use them on the trail.

On the trail

I went on 3 hikes ranging from 3 to 5 hours.  The socks kept my feet dry, warm, and comfortable.  I had the comfort of a heavy sock on the bottom of the foot where it counts.  When the weather gets warmer a heavy sock feels too warm and my feet feel sweaty.  My feet did not get sweaty with these socks.  The thinness of the socks  on the top of my foot provides an easy path for the heat and any moisture to escape.  The second surprise is that the thinness on top of my foot did not lead to any discomfort.  I tried the socks inside a pair of Gore-Tex socks on a cold day when I was going through wet snow.  I wanted to find out if I would notice any difference in comfort.  My feet were not too warm or cold and were dry.

Hiking on a warm day

I wore these socks with ankle high boots on a 65 F day and hiked for 3 hours.  It was warm because this was a huge temperature rise from the below freezing temperatures I had been hiking in during the winter.  The socks kept me comfortable, dry, and not too warm.  I like being able to use them over a wide range of temperatures and with various hiking shoes and boots I have.  They are just long enough for ankle boots and not too long for low cut shoes.  I have now worn these socks many times for 4 to 7 days before washing them and there has never been any noticeable odor.  The minor down side is that the outside of the socks are a magnet for lint.  The lint becomes a part of the sock and very little comes out in a wash.  This does not seem to have any effect on the comfort of using the socks, only an aesthetic one.  I did not try removing any lint as there was quite a lot and I did not want to remove any material from the sock.  Check back for my final update in about a month.
along the Merrimack River

along the Merrimack River

Teko Midweight Minicrew Socks a last look
update on 5-11-2010

The Teko socks have performed better than I expected. I have worn them hiking, walking locally and in the gym. They keep my feet from getting too hot even when hiking in the recent hot weather. I appreciate the superb ventilation. After several washings there is a slight amount of shrinkage, but not enough to be concerned about. I have worn them almost every day during the review period except for the days they were in the wash. I washed the socks in tepid warm water and always air dried them. There is no evidence of wear or holes forming. There is some piling and the sock does attract lint and other trail debris. I have several backpacks planned for the next several months and plan on having these socks as my primary pair. Although I wear the same socks for a 3 day backpack, I do carry 1 or 2 spare pair in case my primary pair get wet since I don’t like hiking in wet socks.

I have been on at least 3 hikes when the temperature was in the 80’s and my feet did not overheat or get extremely wet from sweat. I like the height of the sock, they are slightly taller than any of the boots I wear, thus there is always sock material between the boot and my skin. I have not gotten any blisters or any irritation spots on my feet. I have never noticed any foul odor even after wearing the sock for up to 4 days. In the warmer weather I have started to notice some odor at the end of the third or fourth day. In colder weather there is less odor but the material starts losing its capability to keep me warm with use.

I am pleasantly satisfied with these socks and would recommend them. I am looking forward to getting more.  I wish to thank Teko and 4alloutdoors.org for the opportunity to test these socks.

Teko socks in action

Teko socks in action

Looking at Cannon Mt Peobody Slopes

Looking at Cannon Mt Peobody Slopes

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