Review by Arnie P
Sockwell provided the men’s Ascend OTC and Summit OTC socks for review.
Sockwell Men’s Therapeutic performance socks
This report will be on both pairs. The major distinction between the Ascend and the Summit is that the Ascend is a moderate compression sock while the Summit is a firm compression sock. I will start with explaining the common features followed by the differences. I admire that the Sockwell company supports the revival of the American Textile Industry and the American Sheep Farmers.
Stockwell designs and manufactures socks in the USA. The sheep that produce the wool are from the US Rockies. There is an excellent video on the website under the tab “explore” explaining the manufacturing and design criteria for making the Sockwell socks.
Spandex throughout the sock
Graduated compression leg
Turn welt top
Seamless toe closure
Sizing for men’s
M/L: 7-10 US sizes
L/XL: 10.5-13 US sizes
Colors for Men’s
41% Merino Wool
Differences between the Summit OTC and Ascend OTC
Ascend OTC: SW24M
Summit OTC: SW51M
Ascend OTC: 81 g/2.9 oz
Summit OTC: 87 g/3.0 oz
Ascend OTC: 15-20 mm Hg
Summit OTC: 20-30 mm Hg
How to put the socks on
There is a 38-second video on this under “explore”. This is the material from the sock package I received:
Step 1: Heel of hand to heel of sock
Pulls the sock over arm until the heel of hand meets the heel of the sock with palm upward.
Step 2: Peel to the heel
Peel the leg of the sock down to the heel of your hand so it’s inside out.
Step 3: Sole to sole
Slip the sole of your foot into the sole of the sock aligning the toes and heel of your foot into the sock.
Step 4: Pull it up.
Pull the leg of your sock over your calf and Voila! You have put on your compression socks!
Sockwell stands behind any quality issues with their socks, excluding normal wear and tear. Details are on product materials.
Turn socks inside out, machine washable in warm water without bleach.
Tumble dry on low heat setting.
My preference is to use Woolite and delicate setting for washing and to air dry.
I received size M/L for both pairs of socks. The Ascend is in color Black and the Summit is in color Woodland. All the Sockwell colors are stunning on both socks. I find the patterns on the Summit socks are intricate and precise. The Ascend has a simpler pattern, and the colors appeared to differ from the website. I would love any of the colors.
Trying them on
The problem with choices is deciding which goes first. I decided on alphabetic order. First up is the Ascend OTC. I’m glad I followed the instructions for putting on the socks. They reached to my knee. They felt warm and comfortable. The temperature in my house today was 68. An unusual condition for this time of year. I had thought of trying the other pair on my left foot but the ankle on that leg is larger because I broke that ankle years ago causing it to be slightly larger.
The Summit, although it was shorter than the Ascend out of the package once I put it on my leg it stretched to my knee the same as the Ascend. It felt snugger and a bit warmer. I will have to try reversing the order to see if it makes any difference. I could not detect any difference in comfort level.
I have had some swelling in my legs near the ankle area over the last 2 years. This summer in early August I was bitten by a yellow jacket and for the first time, my left leg from the knee to ankle was swollen. There remains a small amount which I will monitor during this test. The swelling is not consistent so it will be a long process. I will continue my Wednesday 2-hour group hikes in Harold Parker State forest. I will be walking around the neighborhood, including walks to Silver Lake. I still have some ladder work on my house along with winterizing the yard. I will be going to the gym, shopping, and attending seminars. I will soon be spending a week in New Hampshire adjacent to Cannon Mountain. These socks will get a lot of varied use under a variety of conditions. I will be trying the socks with several types of footwear.
In summary, I find that socks are the second most important piece of hiking and backpacking gear I use. I wish to thank 4alloutdoors.org and Sockwell for the opportunity to test the Ascend OTC and the Summit OTC. Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say.