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Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: Central Florida
Fleece vs wool socks on 08/25/2009 20:13:07 MDT Print View

In colder conditions, I wear a fleece beanie and fleece gloves. So I was wondering, why do I wear wool socks? I see a lot of people wearing wool socks but not many wear fleece socks. Wouldn't fleece socks be warmer? I am thinking about switching from wool socks to fleece socks and I wanted to hear your thoughts on this.

-Sid

A. B.
(tomswifty)
re on 08/25/2009 20:43:38 MDT Print View

I don't like fleece socks for hiking; they don't feel like they 'breathe' very well. They are good for in camp or sleeping in my opinion.

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: Central Florida
Not for hiking on 08/25/2009 21:18:02 MDT Print View

I forgot to mention, I would not be using these for hiking as I use Vibram FiveFingers. I only need these to keep my feet warm while sleeping and around camp.

-Sid

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Fleece vs wool socks on 08/25/2009 21:29:54 MDT Print View

I have used fleece ski socks for both hiking and in camp. They seemed about the same warmth as my heavy wool socks. They absorbed less moisture which was mostly good, though could result in the feet feeling a bit clammy when they were inside shoes.

For camp use I found down booties, primaloft socks, and insulated vapor barrier socks to be much warmer than my fleece socks

--Mark

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: Central Florida
Re: Re: Fleece vs wool socks on 08/26/2009 12:00:03 MDT Print View

Mark,
can you suggest some specific brands I can look at? I would like them to be less than 3 oz. Ideally, they would be around 2 oz. All the down booties, VB socks, and primaloft socks seem to be around 4 oz or more. That is a bit too heavy for me. Any suggestions?

-Sid

Fred eric
(Fre49) - MLife

Locale: France, vallée de la Loire
primaloft socks on 08/26/2009 14:09:55 MDT Print View

I did some myog socks with 100g/m2 primaloft and momentum leftover from a thru hiker minima vest.

size 44 (10.5) weight is 50g/1,8oz for the pair, but no fancy things like a sole or an elaborate closure.

the look is terrible , they are only usable for sleeping, but for the weight its way more warm than any socks i have.
would be great if BPL extended their cocoon line with some light and better done insulated socks for sleeping so we could be equiped from head to toe !

socks 1

socks 2

socks 3

socks 4

edited to add oz and US shoes size.

Edited by Fre49 on 08/26/2009 23:28:43 MDT.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: Fleece vs wool socks on 08/26/2009 14:50:45 MDT Print View

I don't know of any commercial primaloft/down sock/booties than are less than 3oz. As you have already fond, most are 4oz or more. My rbhdesigns vapor barrier insulated socks from several years ago weights 3oz. Simular socks are listed as being 4.6oz so either they have gone up in weight or rbhdesign is being conservative in the listed weight.

Personally, I am completely willing to have an extra 1-2oz if it means that my feet are happy.

--mark

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: Central Florida
Re: primaloft socks on 08/26/2009 18:56:46 MDT Print View

Fred,
That is a great concept that I am surprised no one has done. I may try and take a shot at making one of those myself. Until then, I suppose I'll stick with my Smartwool socks.