Tight Spot Quivers
Smart wool socks
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
T Mac 24-Aug-19
skookumjt 24-Aug-19
midwest 24-Aug-19
ohiohunter 24-Aug-19
WHOCARES 24-Aug-19
T Mac 24-Aug-19
Pyrannah 24-Aug-19
otcWill 24-Aug-19
Southern draw 24-Aug-19
Bou'bound 24-Aug-19
txhunter58 24-Aug-19
Buffalo1 24-Aug-19
DanaC 24-Aug-19
midwest 24-Aug-19
jordanathome 24-Aug-19
DanaC 24-Aug-19
WHOCARES 24-Aug-19
txhunter58 24-Aug-19
Fuzz 25-Aug-19
T Mac 25-Aug-19
txhunter58 25-Aug-19
txhunter58 25-Aug-19
Franzen 25-Aug-19
Blue Buck 25-Aug-19
'Ike' (Phone) 25-Aug-19
jordanathome 25-Aug-19
Teeton 25-Aug-19
T Mac 25-Aug-19
jordanathome 25-Aug-19
APauls 25-Aug-19
'Ike' (Phone) 26-Aug-19
Teeton 26-Aug-19
elkstabber 26-Aug-19
'Ike' (Phone) 26-Aug-19
Outdoorsdude 26-Aug-19
buci 313 26-Aug-19
txhunter58 26-Aug-19
elmer@laptop 27-Aug-19
EmbryOklahoma 30-Aug-19
From: T Mac
24-Aug-19
Putting average of 8-10 miles in each day. Any preference in medium or heavy cushioning?

From: skookumjt
24-Aug-19
Depends more on your feet and boots. Midweight like hiking should be plenty for most people. I wear Smart wool 365 days a year from -40 to 90+. They are awesome.

From: midwest
24-Aug-19
I always get the medium for Sept in the mountains.

From: ohiohunter
24-Aug-19
Pretty subjective topic. Heavy cushion could put your feet in a bind for some while they will help others fill out their boots. Just one of many factors.

Regardless of brand I usually opt for medium cushion. I’ve found heavy cushion socks are too much and causes my feet “wiggle” more than I like. Sort of like I cant get my boots the right tightness if that makes sense.

From: WHOCARES
24-Aug-19
I wear Darn Tuff hikers all year. Wear a thin poly liner too when hiking and hunting. Prevents blisters and helps wick moisture away from your feet.

From: T Mac
24-Aug-19
I opted for mid cushion hiker although sales associate recommended heavy cushion.

From: Pyrannah
24-Aug-19
Check out darn tough socks

I’ve heard but can not confirm smart wool is a anti hunting group of some sort

Something to think about

From: otcWill
24-Aug-19
Go heavy darn tough

24-Aug-19
Darn tough are great with a life time warranty I use over the calf for work and hunting.

From: Bou'bound
24-Aug-19
Heavy tough to beat

From: txhunter58
24-Aug-19

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Don’t think this would be up on their site if they were antihunting I use either light or medium. Don’t even use heavy when it is colder
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Don’t think this would be up on their site if they were antihunting I use either light or medium. Don’t even use heavy when it is colder
Hey Pyrannah. I would suggest you do a little research before spreading a rumor like that.

I use either light or medium. Heavy is too thick

From: Buffalo1
24-Aug-19
I use the mid weight hiker boots in Africa and have given them a fair test. I like them as provide good temperature range and are comfortable. No blister problems. I only wear them on day at a time.

From: DanaC
24-Aug-19
What are you wearing for a liner sock? I'd let that plus overall fit determine outer sock thickness.

From: midwest
24-Aug-19
I see no need for a liner sock anymore with today's merino.

From: jordanathome
24-Aug-19
My sock is better than yer sock...........

From: DanaC
24-Aug-19
Liner socks act to prevent friction, not necessarily as more insulation. A single sock can rub regardless of material quality. Love my Smartwool socks but best with good shoe fit - and thin liners!

From: WHOCARES
24-Aug-19
Jordan, youAREzantsy! Go hunting!

From: txhunter58
24-Aug-19
Dang! Stopped by basspro this evening and looked at Darn tough socks. $20/pair! I am sure they are good but not sure they are worth that. Will look for a sale!

From: Fuzz
25-Aug-19
Yes fellas... Darn Tough socks are expensive. When I 1st read about them here on BS last year, my 1st thought was "No friggin way am I paying $20+ for a pair of socks!!" ...... I now own 5 pair of them ;-).

I wore them 7 days straight in N'fnland and they had ZERO odor and my feet were in great shape.

It was the only thing I demanded from Santa!

From: T Mac
25-Aug-19
Smart wool were $20 per pair as well With some going for 27. I shopped at Dick’s (gasp) only game in town by me and with coupons I saved 70 bucks! For $160 I got Glendel buck, 3 pair smartwools and 2 t-shirts, what a bargain!

From: txhunter58
25-Aug-19

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For half the price, I love smartwool! They have been such a leap forward, and they do everything I need. That said, I will look for some sales on Darn tough to give them a try

From: txhunter58
25-Aug-19

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I also have tried these and they performed well. $30 for 4 pair. Whatever socks you get need to be at least 60% merino wool

From: Franzen
25-Aug-19
I like Darn Tough socks, but imo the only advantage is the warranty. Fit and comfort goes to Smartwool, and for now I think you can find better deals on Smartwool. I always opted for 2nds from Sierra Trading post when I could find them. Hey, they even have a camo sock... always best to have those under layers camo when the going gets tough. For weight I would opt for medium, but it depends on your boots for sure.

From: Blue Buck
25-Aug-19
I like Costco's wool socks. 19 bucks for 6 pairs. Says they are 72% Merino wool compared to 66% Merino in Smartwool. I wear them every day in fall winter and spring.

25-Aug-19
Darn Tough...

From: jordanathome
25-Aug-19
PLUS 1 on People Socks....love them. Wear 'em year round.

From: Teeton
25-Aug-19
I like smart wool, but my favorite for September elk are lorpen t2 socks. I hate darn tuff socks, I have them and they are to slippery. I find my foot sliding around in my boots when I wear them..

From: T Mac
25-Aug-19
I have found the same with darn tough sliding in my sneakers....not a fan

From: jordanathome
25-Aug-19
Mayhaps yous just has greasy feetses..............

From: APauls
25-Aug-19
Huge darn tough fan. Once you buy 10 pairs you never have to by socks again...ever. Or think of it this way. $200 and you never need to buy socks again, and you have the best socks money can buy. Picked mine up on sales etc, but haven't bought socks going on 18 months. Just annoying when people give you socks at Christmas. Like what do I do with them lol.

26-Aug-19
Well damn, now I have to go test them all in my boots again...Never noticed ‘slippage’...Shrinkage, yes! Lol

From: Teeton
26-Aug-19
I'm not sure if its the same for your feet sliding around in your hiking boots as it is for feet sliding around in ski boots. When your feet slide around in ski boots you have a tendency to curl your toes to grip the boots, kind of like if your hands were flat on the surface and you started to slide. You will then turn your hands into claws to try to grip the surface. This causes muscle fatigue. Like I said I don't know if it carry to hiking boots or not.

I do you know that when I wear darn tough or any type of sock that can be slippery that my foot moves around. When I'm on steep side hills sidehilling I can feel my foot moving or going downhill I can feel my toes going against the front of my boots way more so with slippery socks.

From: elkstabber
26-Aug-19

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Pull your socks up.

26-Aug-19
Haaaa the Chili Pep’s...

That’s a interesting analysis Teeton, never thought about it or noticed it, but the foot fatigue could explain some pain now and then...

From: Outdoorsdude
26-Aug-19
Early season; Defeet wooliebully cycling sock 6in. (very fine and smooth threads), then Smartwool cycling socks then Smartwool PhD light crew. late season; Smartwool PhD or S.W. medium then the Defeet for 'warmer' evening hunts deep snow: SW PhD snowboard of Carharts' wool.

can't stand darntuffs

From: buci 313
26-Aug-19
Wool allergy, liner's are key !

From: txhunter58
26-Aug-19
Here is a sale on Darn tough: https://www.moosejaw.com/product/darn-tough-men-s-light-hiker-micro-crew-light-cushion-sock_10299098

From: elmer@laptop
27-Aug-19
i have used smartwool on many occasions, but do not any more....nowhere near as durable now as when they first came out. my last 5 pair of smartwools did not last a full year. I go with darned tough. they have served me well.

30-Aug-19
Just bought some darn tough socks. Looking forward to giving them a workout in 7-1/2 days!

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