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CEP Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks

Review by Arnie P

CEP Men's Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks after 2 months use

CEP Men’s Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks after 2 months use

CEP provided the Men’s Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut socks for review purposes.

CEP Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks

The weather during this period was hot and humid with negligible rain. The lawns appear lifeless and the few wild berries are small, lacking taste. Daylight temperatures hovered in the 80’s and 90’s with a few degrees lower at night. My activities during this period continued to be the same but at a slower pace. I continued to wear the same boots I used for most of the last report.  I hiked another 4 times with my with my Wednesday hiking group on these 2-hour hikes. I have been sweating more. The trails are rough and despite the added moisture from sweating I did not experience and adverse effects of blisters or abrasion to my feet. I have walked to the senior center several times making a 3-4 mile round trip depending on the route and number of side excursions. I walked to Silver Lake a few times a week, sometimes seeking relief from the heat.

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CEP Men’s Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks

Review by Arnie P

Harold Parker with CEP socks

Harold Parker with CEP socks

CEP provided the Men’s Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut socks for review purposes.

CEP Men’s Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks

It has been a good month of testing the CEP Men’s Dynamic + Outdoor Light Merino Mid-Cut Socks. The temperature has been warm during the day and cooling down during the night. With day temperatures ranging from the 70’s to the low 90’s and the humidity very seldom high. I wore these socks every day all day except for wash days. I have been pleasantly surprised with the performance of these socks. This is because I did not like my first use of a thin tight fitting sock. My review will explain why my ideas have changed for the better.  To read more please click here.

Oboz Scapegoat Mid hiking boots

Review by Arnie P

Oboz Scapegoat Mid hiking boots

Oboz Scapegoat Mid hiking boots

Oboz Scapegoat Mid hiking boots

Oboz provided the Scapegoat Mid hiking boots for review purposes.

The Oboz Scapegoat Mid hiking boots come in the color Charcoal. Sizes available are 8-12 in half sizes, and 13, 14. The shoe is mid cut or just above ankle high. There is added material at the toe for protection. The heel is rounded which I believe helps my stability on the trail. At the heel is a large loop to aid in putting the shoes on. The loop is large enough for me to insert my index finger and I think I will find this very useful. All the lacing loops are closed except for the top pair which is open. The lower five pair of loops are flush with the surface and the top loop is raised.  To read more please click here.

Icebug Saunter Bugweb men’s shoes

Review By Arnie P

Icebug Saunter Bugweb men's shoes

Icebug Saunter Bugweb men’s shoes

Icebug Saunter Bugweb men’s shoes

Icebug provided the Saunter Bugweb men’s shoes for review purposes.

I wore the Icebug Saunter Bugweb men’s shoes a lot during this period. In addition to hiking 5 times with the Harold Parker group and attending a few seminars, I walked daily to the grocery or the coffee shops and sometimes walked my daughter’s dog. We had 3 small snow storms each amounting to about 2-8 inches. The temperature closed in on 70 F one day then two nights later to a low of near zero.

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HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

Review By Arnie P

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men's boots in Harold Parker Forest

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots in Harold Parker Forest

HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots

HOKA One One provided the Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots for review purposes.

The roller coaster weather patterns have continued during this test period. We have had several snow storms with snowfalls ranging from a few inches to 8 inches in places. The temperature ranged from a low of -10 F to a high in the upper 50’s. I now have had a chance to try the HOKA One One Tor Summit Mid WP men’s boots in cold, icy, and snowy conditions. My daily walks and weekly group hikes have continued during this period.  To read more please click here.

Keen Men’s Liberty Ridge boots

Review By Arnie P 

view of top lugs not used on Keen Liberty Ridge boots

view of top lugs not used on Keen Liberty Ridge boots

Keen Men’s Liberty Ridge boots

Keen provided the Liberty Ridge men’s boots for review purposes.

The temperatures in this period have been in the 0 F to 40 F range with a lot of cloudy overcast weather and a few minor snowfalls. The boots have performed well in these conditions. Let’s get on with it.

The Fit

Because the tongue, to provide waterproofing, attaches to the boot almost to the ankle, I find it difficult to get my foot into the boot. Once my foot is in the boot the fit is perfect. I would not want a larger boot as my foot would have space to slide. My shoe size is a bit over 8.5 so 9 is usually the best size for me. The website does recommend ordering half size larger than normal. I think over time there will be some stretching. I am not sure why I did not notice this earlier but I think since I have been doing a lot more hiking that my feet may be swollen. I now use a shoe horn when I feel it is a problem. There was a time when I used a shoe horn all the time.

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