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Point6 Hiking Tech Med Mini Crew Socks
Owner Review

9 January 2013

Name:  Dawn Larsen
Age: 51

Gender: female
Height: 5' 4" (163 cm)
Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
Email address: vicioushillbilly AT gmail DOT com
Florence, South Carolina USA


Backpacking Background:
I used to backpack in college a zillion years ago and just in the last few years have backpacked some private trails in Tennessee, Missouri and most recently South Carolina. I have been an avid car-camper for eleven years and I have kayak/canoe camped for four years, in South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. I use a lot of the same equipment for both. I hike hilly/rocky trails especially in Missouri (my home state) and Arkansas. I live in South Carolina and am busy checking out the terrain here with my nineteen year-old son.

Product Information

Manufacturer: Point6
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Manufacturer's Website:  www.point6.com
MSRP: $17.95 US
Measured dimensions flat: top of heel to top of sock - 3.5 in (89 mm), toe of sock to mid-point of heel - 7 in (178 mm)
Advertised Weight: n/a
Measured Weight:  1.88 oz (53 g)

Color:  Blue Violet (also comes in Taupe, Natural, Ocean, Gray, Black)
Size:  Women S (4-6.5, Eur 34-37), M
(US 7-9.5, Eur 38-41), L (US  10-12.5 Eur 42-4)
Fabric content: 66% wool, 32% nylon, 2% spandex
Made in USA

sock and packaging sock on

Product Description
I had never heard of this brand before I found them in an online store.  The packaging focuses on the socks, the merino wool they are made from, and their ability to maintain the optimum temperature of my feet no matter what the outside conditions. They also claim durability.  The socks are a cushioned mini-crew length that works best with low rise hiking shoes.  They are bulkier in the darker areas on the sock.  The toe and heel are reinforced (see diagram from the packaging , below). They also advertise that the size is knit inside the cuff.  Um..it is and...OK...

diagram

Field Use
I bought a medium pair in Blue Violet (I LOVE the color).  I have worn these socks hiking, backpacking, and for everyday use.  I have owned them for about six months.  I have worn them in rather "opposite" conditions. I wore them in South Carolina on sandy, but even, soil in moderate temperatures of approximately 55 degrees F (12.8 C). I have also more recently worn them on trips in Missouri and Arkansas where temperatures were about 37 degrees F (2.8 C) and the terrain was uneven, rocky and fairly steep.   I have worn them with my warm weather boots, as well as my low-rise hiking shoes. Though there is elastic support around the arch and top of the sock, these slide around on my feet a little more than I like, especially when I'm hiking on uneven terrain.  I have issues with their claim of "superior anatomical fit."  I found that I rely on them for warmth with my hiking shoes more than with backpacking/hiking boots because they are short and they slide around on my foot and they slip on my heels somewhat.
They feel very cozy on. The cushioning is ample. They seem to wick moisture fairly well.  They are warmer than other socks that I own and my feet sweat in them, but don't stay wet.

I have washed and dried them many times and they have worn very well.  They seem to have retained their shape and elasticity very well because they slipped when I first bought them.  

Summary
I like these socks.  I love the color.  I wear them more with my hiking shoes for light hiking in winter, as well as for everyday use with other everyday shoes. I will continue to wear them, but probably not to backpack or hike in.  I'm afraid with all the slipping that I will get blisters.

What I like
I love the color.
They keep my feet warm.
They feel nice and cozy on my feet.

What I don't like
They don't fit as tightly as I like.
They slip around my heel.


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