Hi Heather! Here's my LTR for the Lorpen socks. Thanks for the edits:)
Long Term Review-2 March 2008
Field Locations and Conditions
During this stage of testing, I wore the socks while hiking as well as
several of my conditioning walks. Since it was mid-winter, I wore the
socks with my mid-weight hiking boots instead of my poorly insulated
running shoes. One hike was conducted in Oconee State Park, South
Carolina to Hidden Falls (~1600 ft; 488 m) where the temperature was
49-57 F (9 14 C). Conditions were clear and dry during the 4.5 mile
(7 km) hike.
Most of my outings were with my toddler riding in her child carrier.
This is a situation where a medium hiking sock would probably be
better suited, yet these socks performed well. I was most impressed
with the performance when temperatures were above 40 F (4 C) and when
I had nothing more than a daypack. The cushioning was better than most
light socks, however, in the future I will probably use the socks in a
layering system when using my child carrier or when going out when
temperatures are below 40 F (4 C). The sock's wicking ability easily
kept my feet feeling dry during my outings and I did not notice my
usual foot odor at the end of the day.
Overall, I am very impressed with the Lorpen MultiSport Socks. They
have more cushioning in the heel than most other light socks I have
used and I really like their fit. They really conformed to my feet
almost like a second layer of skin. I especially like the odor
resistance and the sock's wicking ability. The socks have held up very
well after all the miles and washings. All the seams and stitching are
in great shape and I never once experienced rubbing from the toe seam
which was an initial concern. I'm looking forward to using them this
spring and summer with my running shoes when the weather in the South
Eastern U.S. is hot and very humid.
-Subpar performance keeping my feet warm below 40 F (4 C)
-Best suited for light hiking