Rating: 1 / 5
Once upon a time a very capable standalone sock for warm weather thru-hiking, these familiar polypro liners now seem to fall under the same heading as PowerGel and moist towelettes - single use only.
Despite above average vigilance on my part - running shoes kept free of debris, feet washed nightly and any callous filed smooth - rarely now do these socks manage to remain free of holes for more than 30 trail miles, usually abrading at the ball of the foot by the end of the first day's use. (Once upon a time they would withstand weeks of use - even abuse - without complaint.)
Doubtless plenty of alternatives exist. Under trail town duress, I seem to have landed on Walmart Gold Toe acrylic/nylon dress socks - somewhat thicker, and not as well-fitted, but considerably more durable as a standalone sock. Although Smartwool Adrenaline (merino) mini-crew socks are so adaptable to varying temperatures, I now find myself moving away from liners altogether... and appreciative of the extra padding.