I have received to review two pair of Farm To Feet Damascus Elite Hiker Socks! One pair in the 1/4 Crew height and one in the Crew height. Farm To Feet is a very impressive company as their socks are 100% Made in America, 100% American sourced materials, and 100% American manufacturing!! WEBSITE
I must admit, I have a little experience with Farm To Feet socks. My mom got me a pair of their socks for Christmas last year and she made me swear I would not put them in the dryer! I love them so much I have been very careful to only hand wash that particular pair. I call them my Free Range Socks, just to be silly. They are thicker than these Damascus Elite Hiker socks and designed for hunting, given the deer woven into them. They are probably my favorite hiking socks to date.
Well, until I just received these Elite Hiker socks!
The company posts the below details on their website:
U.S. Merino Wool
Merino wool is soft, itch-free, naturally odor- and bacteria-resistant, cool in the summer and warm in winter. We source our 100% U.S. grown merino wool exclusively from sheep raised by American farmers on American farms.
Seamless Toe Closure
Advanced knitting techniques create a totally flat connection in the toe box, reducing bulk and eliminating blister-generating friction.
Circumferential compression from the top of the sock through the arch creates a precise, comfortable fit that helps support the foot throughout the day.
Reinforced construction and low-stress seam placement reduce wear and tear, increasing the life of the sock.
57% US Merino Wool
40 % US Nylon
3% US LYCRA Spandex
I have worn the 1/4 Crew socks one day just to try them out and they are the perfect height with my Keen hiking boots which I wear to work in my shop as well as hike with. Initial report is that the socks are very soft feeling and comfortable. I will report back once I wear them a couple few times and wear the Crew length as well. Stay tuned!
I wanted to get a chance to wear these socks a bit before updating. I typically wear socks one day then wash, so the turnover is a bit slow. The first wash I did in the sink and both pair of socks bled a small amount of color but did not fade at all. Since that first washing, I have washed them in the washer with the rest of the clothes and had no issues at all with shrinkage.
Both pair are equally as comfortable to wear and much more comfortable than any of my standard daily socks. The 1/4 Crew seemed better when it was warmer just because they are shorter and didn’t warm my ankles as much. Both pair stayed where I wanted them to on my legs.
The biggest test of comfort came from my week at the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg, ME. I am there all week displaying my custom furniture so I am standing for 12hrs a day for 8 days straight! The Farm to Feet socks, both pair, were much more comfortable than my other socks. I did not get any hot spots with them and I experienced less foot fatigue towards the end of the day wearing them. I experienced no slipping or drooping of the socks. These are quality American made socks. Completely worth the price in my opinion depending on your application. Further review to come!
1/9/17 Update and final opinions
After having worn both pair of socks for over a month, I am very impressed with the quality of the cushioning. I have worn at least the taller pair once a week and also on a couple 2hr round trip hikes here locally. Our first snowshoe adventure was a fairly warm afternoon so I wore the taller pair that day as well and they stayed where they were supposed to on my ankles and cushioned well, even after half a mile of breaking trail in 24″ deep snow.
I have found the cushioning identical between the two height socks, so it seems just a matter of what type of shoes, sneakers, or boots you will be wearing. I typically where midcut hiking boots both for hiking and working so the taller socks were more applicable to my usage. But low cut hikers and sneakers would be perfect with the lower socks.
In terms of what exactly the cushioning feels like, it is soft and there are no seems in the toe to rub against. When I wiggle my toes in their space, there are no hard spots to rub or cause blisters. Heel support is also better than my typical socks I wear for hiking and hunting. Regardless of ambient temp, my feet do not seem to get sweaty and hot. This I believe is a function of the merino wool. I am a big fan of wool hunting clothes as it naturally wicks away moisture and keeps you warm even if wet. I have noticed no wear issues with these socks after having worn them once a week and washing each time in a HE washer and drier.
In conclusion, I feel the Damascus Elite Hiker socks in both heights are very well made, American sourced, hiking and active wear socks worth the price. They have well designed cushioning and seam placement which avoids hot spots and therefore blisters. I have become a fan of Farm to Feet socks and I even put my other pair in the dryer and they came out fine! Just don’t tell my mom…