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The Smartwool Hiking Medium Crew sock was the winner of Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award, and is an all-purpose 3-season sock for rugged day hikes or moderate backpacking. Made of New Zealand Zque? Merino wool, it has an arch brace that holds the sock in place and adds additional support, and a comfortable flat-knit toe seam.Fabrics:74% Merino wool/25% Nylon/1% ElastaneGlossary: Merino Wool:Wool from Merino sheep that provides good insulation, durability, odour resistance and odour control.
Irritatingly, the Amazon webpage does not include any size guide. What sizes of feet does `X-Large’ fit? According to specialistsocks, `X Large’ covers UK size range 11-13.5. I’d say this was a little optimistic – the X-Large socks fit my 10.5 (broad) feet snugly, but they’d be tight as a drum on a size 13 foot. Presumably, a similar story applies to small, medium and large.
The cushioning under the soles of these Medium Crew socks is fine for moderate walkers (like myself), but I suspect determined backpackers might find it a tad lightweight, and prefer the Smartwool Heavy Crew PhD. The socks do need to be put on `straight’, so that all the cushioning sits under the sole of your foot.
The socks are sturdy, well made and reasonably comfortable, although I can’t help but get the feeling that the good folk at Smartwool might be just a little bit disapproving of anything too soft and luxurious. The wool blend has a slightly coarse ‘grainy’ feel to it, although that may well soften with use.
I hate to be the only customer not to give these a 5-star rating. But, 5-star implies perfection and, although these are well-made, I have other socks that are more comfortable, which did not cost a bomb, and which have lasted well. I’m going to be brave and deduct a star.