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Wigwam Gobi liner socks

in Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC

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3.00 / 5 (2 reviews)

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Brett Tucker
( blister-free )

Puertecito ruins
Wigwam Gobi liner socks on 11/07/2006 10:13:04 MST Report Post Print

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.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
SmartWool Crew - Boy's priced at: $39.50 - $50.00
SmartWool Crew - Kid's priced at: $34.99 - $50.00
SmartWool Liner - Men's priced at: $9.95 - $11.99
Wigwam Crew Socks - Kid's priced at: $7.95
Wigwam Gobi Liner - Men's priced at: $4.99 - $7.00
Wigwam Gobi Liner Sock - Kid's priced at: $3.98
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Art Sandt
( artsandt )
they are *liner* socks, though on 04/07/2008 10:36:22 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I kind of don't think it's fair to knock points off a review because a pair of liner socks didn't hold up to use as stand-alone socks. It's good to know, as I own several pairs of globi liners, but really I think these are best used as intended: as sock liners. In that respect, and also considering that they are quite inexpensive, I think they are a decent product. My complaint would be that the toe-end of the sock is sewn up into a not-very-comfortable line of stitching and I think it could definitely be smoother. There's a definite "top" to these liner socks and if you don't have it oriented right, it can be a little uncomfortable. Otherwise, I'm a big fan of these liner socks. They are a definite protection against dampness for my feet when using wool socks.

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