Armadillo Lightweight Boot Sock Walking and Hiking Socks for Men
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Lightweight Boot Sock Walking and Hiking Socks for Men
Features to Note:
- 64% New Zealand Merino wool; ZQ* certified 17.5/18.5 micron (100% wool touching skin), 27% nylon, 9% elastane
- Cushioned pad on top of foot
- Nylon reinforcement on outside of sock at key pressure points
- High stretch rib top
- Extra padding at heels and toes for strike points
- A padded area on the top of the foot to stop nerve compression where the boot laces are tied.
- Elasticised calve to provide support without squeezing the leg or reducing circulation.
Until recently, Armadillo Merino have focused on supplying next-to-skin, Merino products to professionals operating in challenging environments such as the Military, Search & Rescue Services and NASA.
The Armadillo Lightweight Boot Sock is a calf length (NB. not knee length as in the image above). The knit is nice and even with no obvious lines or ridges - the sock overall looks really well made. There are clearly 'thicker' areas on the soles, on the top of the foot, at the heels & toes. The ribbed top of the sock has additional elastication.
I've been wearing them for some late March walking in the Lake District inside some 3 season walking boots with a thinner inner sock - and must say I am impressed.
Throughout the three day trek they fitted very well and stayed in place without any bunching up. I had the XL size and this was perfect for a size 10.5 walking boot.
There is plenty of padding around the heels and toes and for the bottom of my feet and they felt comfortable all day.
When I came to remove my boots, whilst my thinner liner socks had begun to whiff a bit - the Armadillo Lightweight Boot Sock were still fresh and dry - which was nice. Nevertheless, I did wash them (on the wool setting) and then tumble dried them (on low setting) and they still look and feel as good as new.
Furthermore, by virtue of high Merino wool content The Armadillo Lightweight Boot Sock is biodegradable and aside from their thermal, odour managmenent and water retention attributes, Armadillo emphasize the flame retardancy and anti-static properties of Merino wool. Obviously of great importance to their core market . . . but perhaps also of benefit to those of us who hang out near a camp-fire occasionally.
*The ZQ programme guarantees standards of livestock stewardship, environmental management and social responsibility.
After your walking boots, your choice of walking sock is probably the next most important thing to consider. It is a mistake to spend a lot of your hard earned cash on walking boots only to then try and save money on the socks. Good quality socks are just as important to your walking enjoyment, and a pair of Lightweight Boot Socks from Armadillo will not leave you disappointed whether you enjoy long hikes in the mountains or short strolls along the canal.
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