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Farm to Feet Jamestown Socks

TEST SERIES BY LARRY KIRSCHNER

3 pairs of Farm to Feet Jamestown Socks


INITIAL REPORT - April 13, 2014
LONG-TERM REPORT - November 15, 2014



TESTER INFORMATION

NAME: Larry Kirschner
EMAIL: asklarry98 at hotmail dot com
AGE: 50
LOCATION: Columbus, OH
GENDER: M
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 210 lb (95 kg)
SHOE SIZE: 10.5 or 11 (US sizing)

I've been an intermittent camper/paddler since my teens, but when my kids were avid Boy Scouts, I caught the backpacking bug. Now that they have grown up, my wife and I plan to continue our adventures on the trail. I consider myself a mid-weight backpacker because I like comfort, but I can always learn to go lighter and longer.


INITIAL REPORT
April 13, 2014

PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Farm to Feet
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Country of Manufacture: USA
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.farmtofeet.com
MSRP: USD $19.00

Sizes: Small; (small women), Medium (average women, small men), Large (large women, average men), X-Large (large men).
Colors: Wooly Blue/Formula One (red), Berry/Platinum, Lead Grey/Brown, and Sycamore/Black
Weight: Measured 83.5 g/2.95 oz (1 pair of large socks)



ITEM DESCRIPTION

Farm to Feet Jamestown socks are medium weight hiking socks designed for hiking and adventuring, which I presume includes backpacking. The socks are crew height, meaning they are designed to reach about halfway up the calf. The socks are constructed from73% Merino wool, 26% nylon, and 1% Spandex, all of which were sourced and produced in the United States. According to the manufacturer's website, the socks are fully cushioned and have a seamless toe closure, which is designed to reduce the bulk at the toe box and reduce friction blisters. Because they are partly made from nylon and Spandex, they are designed to provide a moderate degree of compression ("comfort compression") to produce a firm fit. This type of construction is proposed to provide maximum comfort as well as good support "to help fight fatigue."

As shown in the photo, the socks have an articulated heel and toe as well as an elastic band around the top. There is an area of ribbing in the central part of the foot, and the toe area is a little wider. Consistent with the notion that this sock is fully padded, the thickness of the sock is uniform from top to bottom, including at the heel and toe. There are seams palpable on the inside, but they are very flat.

closeup of Jamestown sock

As shown in the photo at the top of the report and as listed in the colors available, all of the combinations of the Jamestown socks have two colors, but this appears to be solely decorative, as I cannot detect a seam between the colors or identify any difference in thickness. The colors I was provided are the Wooly Blue/Formula One (left), Lead Grey/Brown (middle), and Sycamore/Black (right). The Berry/Platinum socks appear to be the color of a strawberry milkshake, with a darker pink/grayish tint on the lower surface.

Aside from the Farm to Feet logo displayed above the toe, the socks have the size knitted into the inside of the band at the top of the sock. I think this would come in handy if my wife and I ever have the same color socks.

In case you forget who made your socks

Sizing mark on inside of welt




INSTRUCTIONS and WARRANTY

The recommended care for the socks is "Machine wash cold/ lay flat to dry"

The socks are also guaranteed for life. On the packaging material which accompanied each pair, the guarantee reads as follows:
"If you are not completely satisfied with the durability or performance of your Farm To Feet socks, then please return them for a replacemenet or a refund."

An address for said return is conveniently provided.


INITIAL IMPRESSIONS and TRYING IT OUT

The socks have a nice appearance and appear quite well made. I gave them a brief test by wearing them around the house with no boots. They are narrow but stretch easily to conform to my feet. There is less compression than I thought there might be. This makes the socks more comfortable, but I am worried a little bit that they might slip and rub somewhat when I wear them on the trail. Although I wore them indoors in the nice comfy 70F/21 C weather, my feet did not feel hot.


EXPECTATIONS for the Farm to Feet Jamestown Socks:

I'm expecting that these socks will serve me well on the trail, and I will be testing that out over the next few months. I want to see how they do in terms of the comfort of the fit as well as the cushioning.


THE STORY SO FAR

    Impressive
  • Seem well made
  • Fully cushioned
  • Nice assortment of color schemes
    Concerns
  • Will they slide on my feet?


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LONG-TERM REPORT
November 15, 2014

FIELD CONDITIONS

I have gotten a lot of use out of the socks over the past few months.

1) My first trip with the socks was a 6-mile/10-km weekend trip in May on the Twin Valley Trail in Germantown, Ohio. It was between 60 and 68 F (15 - 20 C) while on the trail, but we got caught in a thunderstorm which lasted about 15 minutes during the hike. Fortunately, it cleared off after the squall came through, so we were able to dry off some. The rain came back in the afternoon when we were back in camp, though. All in all, a wet weekend.

2) My second trip was a 10-day, 100-mi/160-km canoe trip to the Atikaki wilderness in Manitoba in mid July. Overall, the weather was generally nice, with temperatures in the upper 40's to mid-50's F (9-12 C) overnight, and daytime highs in the mid 70's to 80 F (24-27 C) with a lot of sun. We had one day of extremely windy conditions followed by about a day and half of rain, leaving seven and a half days of beautiful blue skies.

Sunset in the Atikaki wilderness

3) The third trip was another weekend on the Twin Valley Trail in mid-August, although we hiked a different segment of the trail. We hiked 12 miles/19 kilometers over 2 days, doing most of the work (10 mi/16 km) on day 1 and the remainder on day 2. The weather was surprisingly cool the first night (low of 49 F/9.5 C) but beautiful for backpacking during the day (high of 77 F/25 C) although we did get some rain late in the afternoon and early evening. The second night was warmer and humid, with an overnight low of 64 F/18 C and a high of 75 F/24 C, with threatening skies which did not rain on us the rest of the trip.

4) Finally, my fourth trip with these socks was a weekend backpacking trip on the Wildcat Hollow trail in Corning, Ohio, where we hiked 15 mi/24 km. It was rainy and dark when we got to the trailhead to set up on Friday, with temperatures down to about 47 F/8 C). It had stopped raining in the morning, and the rest of the trip wasn't bad, with sunny and cool weather with a high of 62 F /17 C and a low of 39 F/4 C overnight on Saturday, and temps up to 62 F/17 C on Sunday.


FIELD EXPERIENCE

Farm To Feet generously provided three pairs of socks for this test, although I wore the same pair as my primary socks for all the backpacking. The same pair of socks was used for my 'dry' socks when canoeing, meaning that I put them on each evening when I got to camp, but didn't do any hiking. A second pair of the socks served as my 'wet' socks for canoeing. For this pair, I put them on every morning before getting on the water. They spent most of the 10 days wet during the day although I hung them to dry each evening. I also wore these as my second pair for backpacking. The third pair I have not used at all on the trail. This strategy was by design, so that I could compare the socks that were worn to those that are still in pristine condition. Most of the time when hiking, I wore the socks with silk liners, although I did hike once without liners. When canoeing, I didn't use any liners at all.

Fit and Comfort: As shown in the Initial Report, the socks have elastic across the mid-foot, but are much looser in the toebox. I was worried that this might cause the socks to slip or bunch up in the toes of my boots, but I did not observe this happening. Once or twice, I had to stop during the day to adjust the socks and retie my boots, but this is not uncommon for me, so I would say that the socks behaved similarly to other hiking socks I have used. Once I got my socks and boots settled, I had no issues and did not develop any blisters or hotspots while hiking. The socks are quite gentle on the skin, and I found them quite comfortable to wear without liners. Although they are comfortable, I would have liked a little more padding in the socks, as I don't feel they had much of a shock absorber effect. I also found that my midfoot was getting a little more fatigued than usual, which I attributed to the fact that the socks are narrowest there.

Durability: The socks seem well made, and I have a difficult time figuring out which are the ones I have worn and which are the ones that are still unused. I can tell if I'm careful, but these socks have held up extremely well with the use noted above and having been washed 4-5 times by now. I didn't take any special care when washing the socks, meaning they were washed in cold water with my front-loading washing machine and then thrown in the dryer on low heat. There are no loose threads that I can see and the elastic remains tight.

Odor resistance: Even after 10 days of canoeing, the socks were still nice and fresh without any odor. The same was true after multiple weekend hiking trips, despite the fact that the weather on the first was reasonably warm.

Drying: My Farm to Feet socks have actually spent quite a bit of time wet, both on the canoe trip and during my rainy hiking trips. Because they seem relatively thick, I thought they might take a long time to dry, despite what Farm to Feet claims about the socks. Wrong again, Kirschner! It tended to get a little windy in the late afternoon/evening on the canoe trip, and this was generally sufficient to have the socks completely dry in the morning. Even when it was fairly still, hanging the socks on the line led to mostly dry socks by morning. I also threw them in the bottom of my sleeping bag one night, and that also worked to dry them out just about all the way.

FarmtoFeet socks on the line

SUMMARY

Overall, I found these socks to be sturdy and well made. I liked wearing them at night because they are soft and comfortable. However, I felt that they made my feet a little more tired than I expected because of their construction. I will continue to wear them on the trail but I don't think they will replace my current go-to socks.

Things I liked about the Farm to Feet Jamestown Socks:
  • Outstanding durability
  • Comfortable with or without liners
  • Dry surprisingly quickly
  • Odor resistant
Things I disliked about the Jamestown socks:
  • Shape (narrow in mid-foot, wider at the toe) not ideal for my feet

Thanks to Farm to Feet for providing these sharp socks for testing, and to BackpackGearTest.org for giving me the chance to participate in the evaluation process.


-larry kirschner

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