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I do a lot of walking and use professional walking boots. These socks are one of the msot comfortable I've ever worn, whether out walking or pottering about the house. They keep your feet warm on cooler days and, I always find this strange, they keep your feet cool on warmer days! They are admittedly an indulgence when it comes to socks, but they worth it. For the comfort, warmth in winter, cooling in summer and general wear (I've had mine 6 months and they look like new) I think these are great value for money. Most of the time you get what you pay for, and these are heaven on your feet!
I have bought Smartwool socks and boxer shorts for many years but the quality seems to be getting worse. These "Adult Trekking Heavy Crew" socks feel thin and although badged as Large (the size I normally buy) are far too big for my size 10 feet. The boxer shorts available now are also lighter than the ones I used to buy and don't last very long before wearing through. I will definitely be looking at other brands in the future.
These socks are top quality and provide great warmth and comfort when out hiking. Even when my boots failed and let in a tonne of water they kept everything warmer than expected. NO BILSTERS either which has been a great bonus. Only con I have found is that I ordered the Large for my size 8 (42) feet going off the Smartwool website that states large as for 8-10.5 UK, and they are just too big for there not to be some bunch around the heel. I have subsequently ordered the same socks in medium and found them to be a perfect fit for my size.
These are excellent, soft and comfy socks, the only socks which keep my eczema skin happy. But they are grey, not navy. The light grey has thin stripes of navy in it. The overall colour is light bluish grey. I would give 5 stars, but deduct 3 stars for a misleading title which I relied on.
The material is good. I ordered a large size, and when it arrived it said it was large. It is, in fact, more like extra extra large. So large I couldn't get them into my trekking boots. To wear this enlarged size of socks is potentially dangerous. I came down stairs without shoes on, and slid the last few steps, because of superfluous material. I can't return them because, I had worn them. I've had to bin them, which is a pity.
The socks are impossible to wear. I ordered LARGE and what has arrived is obviously EXTRA EXTRA large. I've tried them out in my trekking boots. Because the socks are seriously too large I cannot even get them into my boots - because of all the excess material. I've tried them out twice. On one of the socks the material has disintegrated. They are not fit for purpose .
A really comfortable sock, which lasted for years and made walking in everything from a decent walking shoe to a heavy walking boot through to wellies a real pleasure. Well cushioned in the right places, they maintain their comfort and shape for most of their effective life. This is the third time, I think, that I have bought these socks, replacing them when they wear out.