Socks 101

Why merino wool?

  • It can hold up to 30% of its weight in moisture before it even starts to feel wet.
  • It dries more quickly than cotton or synthetic
  • Wool fibers naturally have anti-microbial features, so they are more odor resistant
  • Wool keeps its insulating properties when wet

Breathability

As your body temperature rises, the wool fiber absorbs the moisture vapors and releases them to outside of the fabric, making merino wool socks the most breathable on the market.

Year Round Comfort

Merino wool is a four season fiber, meaning that it has the ability to warm and cool.

Warming

The natural crimp of the wool fiber allows it to trap more air than other fibers.  This trapped air is then heated by your body, which becomes a layer of insulation.  Also, wool moves moisture from your skin, which allows you to stay dry and warm.

Cooling

Wool fibers naturally manage moisture, so as your body heats up the cooling process begins.  The moisture begins to evaporate, and release heat which cools the trapped air between your skin and the fabric.

Odor Resistance

Odor causing bacteria need moisture to survive.  Due to merino wool’s natural moisture management qualities the bacteria does not have an ideal environment to thrive.  You can wear merino wool over long periods of time without it getting smelly.

No More Itching

Merino wool is smaller in diameter (thinner) than regular wool, which helps to make it itch less.  Regular wool is itchy because the fibers are thicker in diameter, and they do not bend easily against the skin.  This is what causes the itching.  The thinner fibers of merino wool bend against the skin, and, therefore do not itch like lower quality wool fibers.

Sock Guide

Fits Light Hiker Crew

  • Cushioned underfoot to take the pounding of an all day hike while managing all the moisture you can throw at it
  • Patented Full Contact Fit ® hugs the contours of your foot and stays put so there is no loose socks to rub you the wrong way
  • Crew height rises just below the calf
  • Extra cushioning in the heel, toe and the arch
  • Sock Composition
    • 65% Merino Wool
    • 27% Nylon
    • 6% Polyester
    • 2% Lycra

Fits Medium Hiker Crew

  • The sock that started it all! The venerable Medium Hiker. If you like a little more cushioning all around your foot but don’t want a really heavy sock, this is the sock for you. For years this sock has been the go-to sock for serious hikers who know the difference their socks can make day after day after day of hard hiking. It has seen duty on all the National trails and has been part of the best hikers’ essential equipment since it was introduced more than five years ago.
  • Patented Full Contact Fit ® hugs the contours of your foot and stays put so there is no loose socks to rub you the wrong way
  • Complete coverage high-impact cushioning around the entire foot
  • Crew height rises just below the calf
  • Nylon high abrasion zones in the heel
  • Super Merino Wool touching your entire foot
  • Sock Composition
    • 70% Merino Wool
    • 22% Nylon
    • 6% Polyester
    • 2% Lycra

Fits Ultra Light Runner   

  • Nothing but protection between you and your running shoes.
  • Patented Full Contact Fit ® hugs the contours of your foot and stays put so there is no loose socks to rub you the wrong way
  • Will not fall down into your shoe.
  • Flat knit design for zero bulk.
  • Fully vented top for maximum breathability.
  • No show height.
  • No cushioning in the footbed
  • Sock Composition
    • 66% Super-fine Merino Wool
    • 27% Nylon
    • 5% Polyester
    • 2% Lycra

    Fits Light Runner

  • High impact cushioning only where you need it in the toe cup and the heel lock areas
  • Patented Full Contact Fit ® hugs the contours of your foot and stays put so there is no loose socks to rub you the wrong way
  • Will not fall down into your shoe
  • Toe and Heel Lock high impact cushioning
  • Narrow welt just above the shoe
  • Sock Composition
    • 73% Super-fine Merino Wool
    • 21% Nylon
    • 4% Polyester
    • 2% Lycra

    Sockwell Circulator Compression

  • Spandex throughout sock
  • Graduated Compression Leg
  • Turn Welt Top
  • Arch Support
  • Seamless Toe Closure
  • Compression
    • 15-20mmHG (Moderate Compression)
  • Ultra Light Cushion Sole
  • Sock Composition
    • 32% Merino Wool
    • 31% Bamboo Rayon
    • 32% Stretch Nylon
    • 5% Spandex