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Reviews > Clothing > Socks > Lorpen MultiSport Tri Layer > Test Report by Ken BigelowPersonal Biographical Information:
Name: Ken Bigelow
Height: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)
Shoe Size: Men’s 10 (US)
Email address: krb84108 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
My adventures vary in length from a weekend to over two weeks. I am shifting my backpacking style to a lightweight approach. I use hammocks and lightweight tents to reduce weight. From spring through fall I typically backpack in the mountains or desert, while in the winter I often go snowshoeing. I typically see a wide variety of climates ranging from -5 F (-20 C) with snow to 90 F (32 C) and sunny with just about everything in between.
Year Manufactured: 2008
Color Tested: White/Dove Grey
Colors Available: White/Dove Grey, Mid Grey/Deep Blue, Black/Charcoal
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weights: 2.2 oz (62 g) per pair/1.1 oz (31 g) per sock
Size Tested: Large
Product Content: 50% Coolmax, 25% Tencel, 15% Polyamide, 10% Lycra
Product Description & Initial Impressions:
I received a pair of Lorpen MultisportTri Layer Socks to test which were bundled together with a plastic loop listing the company name, logo, website address, product name, product composition, size, washing instructions (wash in warm water, tumble dry low, do not bleach, do not dry clean, do not iron) and few sentences about Tri Layer technology.
At the time of my Initial Report the Lorpen website is under construction so I was unable to view the product online prior to receiving them. Lorpen did send a catalog along with the socks and the Multisport Tri Layer socks in the catalog are like the sample I received as best I can tell.
Lorpen’s Tri Layer knitting system combines synthetic and natural yarns to supposedly improve “moisture management, comfort and durability”. According to literature in Lorpen’s catalog there are three layers of yarn in each sock. There’s a synthetic, next to skin layer that is designed to keep feet dry by wicking away moisture to the natural yarn, middle layer where (at I understand it) moisture is spread out and distributed over the entire sock. The synthetic yarn, outer layer acts as a shield or barrier against “abrasion and wear” in higher “friction areas”.
The Lorpen Tri Layer socks are designed to optimize fit and comfort for the user as part of Lorpen’s Life Fit system which consists of four major componets. The Flat Knit Toe Seam is a fairly thick material that surrounds the toe region of the foot. This is very similar to most socks I wear in appearance. A similar thickness material also protects the heel. The Mesh Instep portion of the socks is very thin for ventilation and the area definitely has a mesh pattern to the stitching. A Multi Density Knit zone covers the top of the foot from just behind the toe seam to the ankle. This region is thicker than the Mesh Instep but not nearly as thick as the toe seam/heel areas. A ribbed Lycra Plus zone extends from the ankle up the leg about 3-3/4 inches/9.5 cm. This section is thinner than the Multi Density Knit but still much thicker than the Mesh Instep.
Lorpen's Life Fit System
The socks fit me fine and I found they are comfortable to wear around my house. I would describe the socks and as somewhere between a mid-weight and a light weight hiking sock. The thin areas of the Tri layer socks are very thin and would definitely fall into the light category while the thicker portions would be classified as a mid-weight. The sock’s texture feels comfortable on my feet. All the stitching looks sound and I was unable to detect any defects/loose threads after inspecting the Tri Layer socks.
The Lorpen Multisport Tri Layer Socks are a comfortable uniquely blended sock. I like the fit and texture of the Multi Sport Tri Layer socks and am curious to see how they perform in the field.
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