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Mark W Heninger
(heninger) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Lightest Socks on 12/25/2005 01:44:13 MST Print View

I'm looking for a decent pair of sleep socks - i.e. ones that are always either on when Im asleep or in the pack.

I prefer merino wool socks, but whatever is fine. My current Wigwam Merino Wool socks are 3 oz and I'd like to cut that down.


(Anonymous)
Re: Lightest Socks on 12/25/2005 01:58:05 MST Print View

These make fine sleep socks

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Lightest Socks on 12/25/2005 06:48:09 MST Print View

www.campmor.com
Wyoming Wear Fleece Feet Trail Sport 200 Socks
Item Number: 14900
$6.99

Mark W Heninger
(heninger) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Lightest Socks on 12/27/2005 19:07:08 MST Print View

To answer my own question I found that the Smartwool RBX Ultralight socks seem to be about as light as one can go at 1.5 oz.

Example

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/asp/base_no.11652/dept_id./est./qx/product.htm


(Anonymous)
Re: Re: Lightest Socks on 12/28/2005 01:52:12 MST Print View

These make fine sleep socks (1.5oz in medium).

Mark W Heninger
(heninger) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Lightest Socks on 12/28/2005 02:27:43 MST Print View

Yes, but the RBX socks can double as regular hike socks.


(Anonymous)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest Socks on 12/28/2005 06:55:19 MST Print View

"ones that are always either on when Im asleep or in the pack"

Didn't understand your wording to include hiking. Have been using the P-Down socks with the very thin Smartwool liner socks over them for hiking. Have also tried sandwiching the P-Down socks between two pairs of the very thin Smartwool liners. Both approaches appear to greatly extend the life of the P-Down socks, but need more testing. Heels have not worn out yet as has happened when P-Down socks used alone. Three layer combination no thicker than some hiking socks. Have not tried the three layer approach in warm weather. May be too warm?

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Lightest Socks on 12/28/2005 07:32:33 MST Print View

Go for it. Those RBX socks won't be as warm as either the possum down socks or the 200 weight fleece. Your original post said you wanted sleep socks not double duty sleep/hike socks.

Mark W Heninger
(heninger) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Lightest Socks on 12/28/2005 08:44:18 MST Print View

You are right. Originally I was thinking of just having sleep socks, but then all this talk of multi-duty led me to alter slightly the concept as I thought about it.

Good to hear they are holding up.

Craig Shelley
(craig_shelley) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Ultralight socks on 12/28/2005 08:50:54 MST Print View

I don't consider the Smartwool socks liner socks. I only use one pair of socks (not a sock and a liner sock). I use them to sleep in and hike. Because they are so light, I carry a pair for each day - fresh socks are a luxury I can afford at a little over an oz per pair. I put on the next day's hiking socks when I go to bed, not to keep my feet warm but to keep the bag cleaner.

Smartwool Ultralight RBX Socks Mens 9-11.5 weight 31g/pair
Patagonia Capilene Silkweight Endurance A Large 35g/pair

I like either of the above. I've seen slightly lower prices than those posted at Sierra Trading Post on the Smartwool sock. You might check for other deals online. I've bought both for about $6 per pair.

The one disadvantage of these socks is they wear out much faster.

Craig Shelley