I am applying to test the TCK Slog Series Topo socks
I have read Survival Guide v. 0609 and Bylaws V. 0609 (especially Chapter 5 & 6 which focus on test and report requirements) and agree to comply with all requirements. My signed Tester Agreement is on file with BGT.
Name: Kevin Hollingsworth
Height: 6 1 (1.9 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Email address: kholling55@...
City, State, Country: Williamsburg, Virginia. USA
I started backpacking and camping when I was in the Scouts. I spent 20 years in the military, which curtailed my personal outdoors adventures. I have mostly gone camping and then day-hiking in the surrounding area, but have been on a few multi-day hiking trips. While day-hiking, I normally carry a light load, a waist pack with mostly food and water, with a few other things. On three to four day trips, I will carry a pack weighing about 45 - 50 lb (21 - 23 kg). I have been hiking in Colorado, Korea, Egypt, and most recently Shenandoah.
I am planning on a few trips (around 4) in the Shenandoah National Park between March through August. The elevation should be around 3000 ft (920 m). The weather condition during the testing period will vary. During the spring season the weather is usually wet, either drizzling or raining, with the occasional light snow. The temperature ranges from 25 to 60 F (-4 to 15 C). During the summer season, the weather is usually clear, with some occasional rain. The temperature ranges from 60 to 85 F (15 to 35 C). I will be hiking on the Appalachian Trail or some of the parks trails.
I am planning a trip to Mount Rogers in the April time frame. The weather conditions should be similar to those in Shenandoah. The elevation will be around 5700 ft (1740 m).
I am planning a trip to the Smokey Mountains National Park. This trip should be in the June/July time frame. I expect the temperature to be mild, 60 to 85 F (15 to 35 C). The elevation should be around 5500 to 6500 ft (1676 to 1981 m).
Because my feet sweat a lot, I normally wear a wool blend sock, changing them periodically. I am interested in how well socks made primarily of polypropylene will do. I plan to wear these socks on all my hikes and for general work/leisure.
I plan to evaluate and report on the specific items below and anything else that I discovery during the testing period:
Are they comfortable? Do they fit? Will they bunch up around my toes or heels? Are they soft or are they scratchy? Are they stretchy? How comfortable is the double welt top? Does the arch support really reduce foot fatigue as stated by the manufacturer? Do they help prevent blisters? Will they keep my feet warm on cool days? How do they feel on hot days?
Are they machine washable or are they hand wash only? I they are machine washable, how will they hold up? Will they pill? Will the whole sock shrink after washing and drying? Will the opening shrink so that they cut my circulation around my calf area? How do the holdup to a rinse and hang dry in a tent or on a pack? After air drying, will they still be soft or are will they stiffen up?
My feet sweat and I usually change socks during a hike. Will these socks wick away moisture from my feet? How breathable are they? Will the socks feel wet and clammy after a long hike? Will they keep my feet warm when wet? How well will they control odor? Will the smell be unbearable?
How durable are the socks around the heel? Around the toe area? How do the socks hold up to staining?
If chosen I wear size 11 (US) boot, which I guess would be size XLarge (US) Quarter sock. I prefer color option 2.
Previously Written Reports:
GoLite Drimove L/S Long-Term Test phase (due 13 Mar 2007)
Defeet Classico Socks Long-Term Test phase (due 03 April 2007)
Exped Aries Mesh Tent Awaiting shipment
Test Applications Currently Under Consideration:
Previously Written Reports:
Kelty Mistral 20 Sleeping bag
Kriana Original Krill Lamp
Hi-Tec Altitude II Boots
Therm-a-Rest Trail Comfort
Victorinox Spartan Swiss Army Knife
Coast Lenser V2 Dual Color Torch
My reports and reviews can be found at:
Thank you for your consideration,
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