OR Teko Light Hiking Socks Jenn K.
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Teko EcoMerino Wool Women's Light Hiking Socks
December 21, 2007
Name: Jennifer Koles
Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy at yahoo dot com
City, State, and Country: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
I started taking overnight backpacking trips four years ago in the
Uinta Mountain Range in Utah. I found myself taking entirely too
much gear. I am finding out slowly how to minimize my needs and not
require extra luxuries. My previous outdoor experiences consisted of
4-wheel-drive camping in primitive areas and day hiking. I use
a four season convertible tent or a three season tent for my
shelter. I plan to take more trips, increase my duration, and reduce
my two to three day backpack base weight from 17 lb (8 kg).
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Model: EcoMerino Wool Women's Light Hiking Sock. These socks are
also available in a men's version.
Manufacturer Website: www.tekosocks.com
Colors Available: Wasabi, Charcoal, Della Blue, and Pomegranate
Color Reviewed: Della Blue
Sizes Available: SM (4-6), MED (6-10), LG (10-12)
Size Reviewed: MED (6-10)
Manufacturer's Listed Measurements: None listed on website.
Actual Height Measurement: approximately 6.75 in (17 cm) This
measurement is from the back of the sock from the bottom of the heel
to the top.
Manufacturer's Stated Weight: None indicated on website.
Measured Weight: 1.80 oz (51 g)
Warranty: One year guarantee
MSRP: $17.95 USD
Care: machine wash with warm water, inside-out, tumble dry low, no
iron, and no bleach
The EcoMerino Wool Women's Light Hiking Socks are designed
specifically for women. According to the manufacturer they differ
from the men's version of this sock by having a narrower heel,
tapered toe, and a more open cuff.
These socks come packaged in a 100% recycled package, that is plain
in appearance. It is a tan/brown color with some general information
and care of the socks printed on it with soy-based ink.
Teko is what I would consider as a green company. Their line of
socks is one of the first green backpacking items I have ever owned.
They use wind energy for 100% of their energy along with green house
gas offsets for the transportation of materials and goods. All the
materials except for the Tasmanian EcoMerino wool are sourced in the
The manufacturer claims that these socks have a high moisture
transfer to keep feet dry, prevent blisters, and they are fast
They are constructed of 76% EcoMerino Wool, 10% Ecopoly Recycled
Polyester, 11% nylon, 3% Lycra. These have the same fiber content as
the EcoMerino Wool Women's Ultra-Light Crew Socks I reviewed earlier
The socks are a light blue color except for the toe, heel, and side
air vents. These areas are a slightly darker shade of blue. The
inside of the cuff has "teko w-m" stitched in a darker blue,
indicating that these are a women's size medium sock. The outside of
the cuff has the Teko logo stitched in a darker blue color.
The socks are constructed with a medium thickness terry cushioning
from the heel to the toe. Ecopoly recycled polyester constructs the
heels and toes with some reinforcement. There is Lycra spandex
interwoven throughout the sock. This Lycra not only provides
support, but helps decrease bunching. There is also a Lycra holding
rib in the ankle joint area that is there to add comfort and
support. The Lycra is covered with nylon and this is indicated to
give the socks the necessary fiber rebound while using a minimal
amount of nylon fiber.
On the lateral and medial sides of the socks there are air vents on
each side. These air vents are a slightly darker color than the rest
of the sock and are triangular shaped. They also have a Lin Toe flat
toe seam. Both of these features can be seen in the photos on the
The inside of the socks do not look like traditional wool socks.
When I look at the inside of the socks there are small fiber loops.
It reminds me of a terry towel. There is what appears to be
different thickness of the loops inside the socks. This is in the
areas of additional reinforcement and the side vents.
The socks are manufactured with an EcoMerino Wool that is shrink
resistant and dyed with non-toxic dyes. This wool is also indicated
as being soft, durable, and comfortable. It is also claimed to have
an increased length that is to have less pilling and itching.
The Ecopoly Recycled Polyester is made from 100% recycled polyester
and 10% of that is made from post consumer products. This fiber is
claimed to be durable and transfers moisture. It is used in Teko's
performance line of socks.
I find these to be the perfect pair of socks for three season use,
as far as thickness is concerned. They are not too thick and they
are not too thin. For winter hiking I prefer a thicker sock, but I
have worn these with a liner in temperatures just around freezing.
I have worn these socks for the past four months in the following
Day hikes Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah: Multiple locations. The
trail conditions varied during the day hikes. On some occasions
there was mud, traces of snow, rock scrambling, stream crossings,
wet leaves, and dry trail. Worn with mid-hiking boots, and trail
American Fork Canyon in Utah in the Wasatch Mountain Range: Multiple
trips. Elevation ranged from 6,910 ft (2,106 m) to 8,400 ft (2,560
m) with temperatures varying from the mid 80 F (27 C) to 37 F (3 C)
in the day and just below 32 F at night. Some days there was 3 to 4
in (8 to 10 cm) snow on the ground and other days it was dry. Worn
with higher hiking boots for a short period on this trip. The socks
were too short for my liking with these higher boots.
Canyonlands National Park in Utah during a three-day trip. The
daytime temperatures were between 55 F (13 C) to 60 F (16 C). The
nighttime lows reached 27 F (-3 C). Worn with trail runners and
mountain bike shoes while biking in the early morning.
Zion National Park in Utah during an overnight trip. The daytime
temperatures were in the low 70 F (21 C) range. Worn with mid-hiking
Hawaii (Big Island): Day hikes on the west and east side of the
island. Daytime temperatures were in the low to mid 80 F (27 C) with
rainy and dry conditions. The socks were worn with trail runners on
I am very happy with the performance of these socks. I find them to
keep my feet dry without any excess perspiration. I also find that
they do not bunch up or slide down my leg. This style is thicker and
shorter than the Women's Ultra-Light Crew Sock that I own. Because
they are a little bit shorter I am not comfortable wearing them in a
higher hiking boot because the skin on my leg is exposed to the
inside of the boot. Other than that the socks fit great. The heel is
in the proper spot and there is no twisting. I regularly wear a
women's size 8 US shoe. Sometimes I find that socks are either too
big or too small. These are perfect.
I found that the EcoMerino Wool and the Ecopoly fibers have remained
soft and have proven to be durable. After several washings the socks
do not have any signs of major pilling. They have become the
slightest bit fuzzy but it is not nearly as bad compared to some
socks I have worn in the past. I do however think they have shrunk
the slightest bit in my new clothes dryer. I can still get the socks
on my feet and they still fit comfortably. They just feel the
slightest bit snug initially when I am donning them.
These socks were comfortable even with a liner in colder
temperatures. A silk liner was worn with the socks for additional
warmth. A liner was not needed to prevent blisters or irritation,
since I never experienced any.
I usually wear out the heels in my socks. However, these socks have
not shown any signs of premature wear and all the fibers are intact
with no unraveling noted. After many washings I have noticed that
there are some faint remaining dirt stains in the fibers of the
I really like the fact that I can wear these socks multiple days and
they do not stink. I found that in warm temperatures I can rinse
them out in water in the middle of the day and they are completely
dry when it is time for me to put them back on in the morning. In
the sun they dry in a few hours. There seems to be a good balance of
wool in the sock fibers to prevent odor. In the past I have
experienced foot odor from socks that had a polyester blend.
The socks do an excellent job of wicking moisture away. At no time
were my feet moist from just regular hiking. I soaked them once
though crossing a stream and had to wear them for a few miles while
they were wet. They dried some inside my shoes while I was walking.
When I took off my shoes I noticed that I did not have prune feet,
so I figured the moisture wicked away from my feet.
Things I Like:
I like the thickness. I do not care for an overly thick sock.
The superior comfort, support, moisture wicking, and durability
They do not stink
Things That Are So So:
They are kind of pricey
They can be difficult to find in local retailer stores, but they are
available to purchase online.
I wish they were higher.
I have now have five different models of Teko socks and I love them
all. I like the fact that by wearing these socks I am being green
and doing my part in conserving resources. Wearing socks is the
least I can do. I also find them to be very comfortable, durable,
soft, and non-itching. I do like the thickness of this sock for more
extended backpacking trips and for use in during the spring, summer,
and falls months. I personally prefer a thicker sock for the winter
season. I would like to see this sock just a tad bit higher so that
it can be worn with more traditional hiking boots. Teko does have
other socks in their line that are higher, but I am not certain if
they are the same thickness.
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> EDIT: OR Teko Light Hiking Socks Jenn K.This is the official Edit for Jenn K.'s Owner Review of the Teko
EcoMerino Wool Women's Light Hiking Socks
Jenn, thanks for your excellent OR. Just one Edit, below.
I am uncertain where this report should go. It seems to be the 2007
version (and women's version) of a sock we tested in 2005. I'd put
it in the same folder, only they seem to have changed the makeup of
the sock. Checking their website, this seems to be true for the
version we tested, as well. I'm taking this to BGTWeb and hope we'll
find an answer there. I feel a bit stupid obsessing about which
folder a sock report should go into...
I hope you had a good trip and wish you a happy 2008!
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Jenn K." <jennksnowy@...>
> On the lateral and medial sides of the socks there are air ventson
> each side. These air vents are a slightly darker color than therest
> of the sock and are triangular shaped. They also have a Lin Toeflat
> toe seam.Comment: A what? I'm assuming this is a technical term I'm not aware
of. As such, it does not *need* to be explained. I'm a veteran sock
tester, but also a foreigner - maybe other readers will know what
you're talking about.
> I have now have five different models of Teko socks and I lovethem
> all.EDIT: though one of the "have"s up there seems superfluous.
I like the fact that by wearing these socks I am being green
> and doing my part in conserving resources.Comment: That works for me, too. Though I find it strange how being
green about my sock choice can give me such a warm, fuzzy glow while
laying down the dough when my choice of car, energy-saving light
bulbs and line drying over machine drying don't. Go figure.
I put the edited version of the Teko Sock OR in the Owner Review
folder. You may want to look at it since I added additional
information on the Lin Toe seams. From what I can tell these seams
are common on socks.
Please let me know when the folder is available for me to post the
socks and where I should be posting it to.
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, André Corterier
> > EDIT: OR Teko Light Hiking Socks Jenn K.
> This is the official Edit for Jenn K.'s Owner Review of the Teko
> EcoMerino Wool Women's Light Hiking Socks
> Jenn, thanks for your excellent OR. Just one Edit, below.
> I am uncertain where this report should go. It seems to be the
> version (and women's version) of a sock we tested in 2005. I'd putof
> it in the same folder, only they seem to have changed the makeup
> the sock. Checking their website, this seems to be true for thewe'll
> version we tested, as well. I'm taking this to BGTWeb and hope
> find an answer there. I feel a bit stupid obsessing about whichaware
> folder a sock report should go into...
> I hope you had a good trip and wish you a happy 2008!
> OR Editor
> --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Jenn K." <jennksnowy@>
> > On the lateral and medial sides of the socks there are air vents
> > each side. These air vents are a slightly darker color than the
> > of the sock and are triangular shaped. They also have a Lin Toe
> > toe seam.
> Comment: A what? I'm assuming this is a technical term I'm not
> of. As such, it does not *need* to be explained. I'm a veteransock
> tester, but also a foreigner - maybe other readers will know whatbeing
> you're talking about.
> > I have now have five different models of Teko socks and I love
> > all.
> EDIT: though one of the "have"s up there seems superfluous.
> I like the fact that by wearing these socks I am being green
> > and doing my part in conserving resources.
> Comment: That works for me, too. Though I find it strange how
> green about my sock choice can give me such a warm, fuzzy glowwhile
> laying down the dough when my choice of car, energy-saving light
> bulbs and line drying over machine drying don't. Go figure.
- Folder Needed: Could someone please make a folder for me to upload my
sock report to?
--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, André Corterier
> > EDIT: OR Teko Light Hiking Socks Jenn K.
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Jenn K." <jennksnowy@...>
> Folder Needed: Could someone please make a folder for me to upload
> sock report to?Sorry I left you hanging there. I was OOP over the weekend. Please
> Thank you
upload here: http://tinyurl.com/2yyzlz
P.S.: Could you try putting "'07" in the title of your report as
well? Just to distinguish them from the model reviewed in that
folder. That may not work, the title is getting a little long as it
Thanks for your explanation of the "lin toe".