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  • Kathy Waters
    Dear Editors, Below is the text of my latest sock OR and the HTML can be found in the OR test folder at http://tinyurl.com/3b5ch4e I look forward to your edits
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 7, 2011
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      Dear Editors,

      Below is the text of my latest sock OR and the HTML can be found in the OR
      test folder at http://tinyurl.com/3b5ch4e

      I look forward to your edits and/or comments.



      April 7, 2011

      NAME: Kathleen Waters
      EMAIL: kathy@...
      AGE: 60
      LOCATION: Canon City, Colorado, USA
      GENDER: F
      HEIGHT: 5' 4" (1.60 m)
      WEIGHT: 125 lb (56.70 kg)

      Living in Colorado and being self-employed, I have ample opportunities to
      backpack. There are over 700,000 acres/280,000 hectares of public land
      bordering my 71-acre/29-hectare "backyard" in addition to all the other
      gorgeous locations which abound in Colorado. Over the past 15 years, my
      husband John and I have also had the good fortune to hike/snowshoe glaciers,
      rain forests, mountains and deserts in exotic locations, including New
      Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica, Slovenia and Death Valley. My hiking style is
      comfortable, aiming for lightweight. I use a tent (rainfly if needed).
      Current pack averages 25 lb (11 kg) excluding food and water.
      Manufacturer: Fits Sock Company
      Year of Manufacture: 2010
      Manufacturer's Website: http://www.fitssock.com
      MSRP: US $20.99
      Listed Weight: N/A
      Measured Weight: 3.5 oz (99 g) per pair (M)
      Sizes Available: S, M, L, XL, XXL
      Size Reviewed: Medium
      My Boot Size: 8 women's
      Colors Available: Coal, Navy, Brown & Stone
      Color Reviewed: Brown

      Other details: (from the manufacturer's website)

      . Crew Length - just below calf
      . F3 Tech - FIT, FEEL, FUNCTION
      . Overall even FIT
      . Sculpted Shape
      . Deep Heel Pocket -Shaped like your heel to lock the sock in place.
      . Engineered Toe Pocket - Allows room where you need it without bunching
      . Highest quality materials ensure amazing feel, stretch, and recovery.
      . Mid-weight design with cushioning surrounding your entire foot , ankle,
      and lower calf
      . Double-welted top so the sock always stays up and doesn't bind or slip.
      . Color-coded seam on toe and indicator inside welt so you won't forget your
      size or style.
      . White "FITS" in toe to distinguish from Light Hiker.
      . Contents: Wool 70%, Nylon 22%, Polyester 6%, Lycra Spandex 2%

      In describing the medium weight Fits crew Socks (hereafter called "FITS" or
      the "Socks") I would first note they are thicker than many of my other
      medium weight socks. The shaped leg of the Sock is 8 inches (20 cm) from the
      set-in well-defined heel of the Sock to the top of the 1.5 inch (4 cm)
      slightly thinner ribbed cuff. The heel of the Sock is shaped rather than
      flat and is a contrasting color - in my Socks; the heel is dark brown while
      the body of the Sock is a lighter, heather brown. The high-spliced heel
      pocket covers my Achilles tendon.

      A bright blue flat toe seam bisects the toe box which is also a solid dark
      brown. The toe box of the Sock extends well beyond my toes, covering the
      medial cuneiform bone - the bone that is at the base of the big toe (I
      learned something new today!). Across this toe box, in white letters, is
      "FITS". The white lettering indicates full-cushioning in the toe box;
      colored lettering, half-cushioning.
      Size "Medium" all right! Style?

      Inside the Socks, the material feels almost like a stretchy terry cloth and
      I can see a support band around the arch. Hidden inside the Sock cuff is a
      size and style identifier and while I can definitely see the size, my poor
      eyes can't distinguish what the style is. No worry, I already know!

      Up until February, I had been experiencing an unseasonably warm and dry
      winter. While the west slope mountains of the Rockies got pounded with snow,
      the east side (Front Range) experienced record lows in precipitation. We
      experienced only one snowfall which measured less than 6 inches (15 cm). In
      order to find snow for our annual family Christmas Snowshoe, we had to drive
      into the mountains. Even on Mt. Evans, a 14,000+ ft (4300 m) peak, at 10,000
      ft (3000 m), there wasn't enough snow! We ended up just hiking in winter
      boots but I digress.

      I spent the last two weeks of February in Estes Park, Colorado where I did
      short (2-3 hours) dayhikes everyday. Estes Park is the eastern gateway to
      Rocky Mountain National Park, so the terrain is mountainous, heavily
      forested and begins at an elevation of 7522 ft (2293 m). While it was very
      sunny, it never hit the freezing mark and the winds were harsh averaging
      10-15 mph (16-24 kph) with gusts up to 50 mph (81 kph). Humidity levels were
      higher than I'm used to in Colorado - about 41-45%.

      To counter the winter conditions of Colorado, I traveled down to Palm City,
      Florida for three weeks where I immediately was shocked with temperatures
      ranging from 56-84 F (13-29 C) and humidity levels upwards of 45%. My beach
      walking time was limited, but I still managed to get out there 3 times for
      several hours.

      In between the Colorado and Florida extremes, I visited family in New Jersey
      for two weeks where it rained almost every day. The temperatures were pretty
      constantly about freezing.

      Other than the two above listed trips, all of my outdoor activities have
      been in the mountains of Colorado, mostly south central Colorado in the
      Fremont, Cooper and Wet mountain ranges.

      During this time period, I wore the FITS Socks at least once a week, two
      days in a row, for a total of 16 days of wear. I wore them with mid-height
      leather boots whenever I was out walking, be it on trails, dirt roads or
      about town. On downtimes around the house/RV, I wore them with my current
      favorite lightweight trail shoes. And in Florida, I actually attempted to
      wear them with hiking sandals, but found them too warm.

      First off, these Socks fit great from the get-go and have retained that
      great fit after 6-7 machine washing. (More about washing below.)

      Pulling the Socks on for the first time, I immediately felt the warmth,
      cushioning and support of the merino wool construction. Snug, but not
      constricting. I walked around barefooted for a while, enjoying the slight
      sponginess of the soles of the Socks. I liked the length - mid-calf - and I
      liked the roomy toe box.

      Two months later, I still feel the same way.
      Film of Feet in FITS

      Even in the coldest weather I've encountered, the Socks kept my feet warm. I
      never even wore my usual silk liner socks with them and actually because of
      the "huggy" fit of the Socks, when I tried liners, my tootsies felt too
      confined. But no need, the Socks were totally up to task in the temperature
      control department. Conversely, even in humid, tropical Florida, when I and
      my feet were sweating, the Socks wicked the moisture away and my skin stayed
      dry (can't say that about the rest of me!).

      Film of FITS Fuzz
      Since I always made it a point to wear the Socks at least two days in a row,
      with all that boot-wearing and sweating going on, odor was a definite
      possibility. However, other than the occasional whiff of damp wool, I never
      had anyone faint when I removed my shoes or boots. That's a good thing, no?

      When I broke down - I hate to go to the laundromat - and washed the Socks, I
      did so in cold water in a mesh bag (to keep my socks separate from my
      sock-stealing hubby) using a liquid "tech" detergent, no bleach or liquid
      fabric softener. The Socks were always turned inside out and on the rare
      occasion when I didn't air dry them; I did not use fabric softener dryer

      I'm happy to say, the Socks did not shrink, get distorted, fade or pick up
      any other colors. There is just a minor bit of fuzzing where one pair of my
      boots seems to rub my socks the wrong way.

      I consider socks to be an important component of my footwear support system.
      I expect my socks to have a good measure of padding and some sort of
      technical construction to give that little bit of extra support to my ankle
      and arch. FITS Socks add that cushion and I did not notice any (additional)
      foot fatigue after several hours of hiking and/or snowshoeing.

      I mostly hike/snowshoe on mountainous terrain with lots of stone from
      pea-sized to house-sized boulders. It's a hard surface to be sure and very
      hard on an unprotected foot, especially when carrying a pack. My pack weight
      when wearing the Socks varied from a pound or two (0.5 to 1 kg) to 25 lb (11

      When I'm out on the trails, I don't want to be aware of my clothing. If I
      notice something, it means I'm not comfortable. I rarely think "oh, these
      socks are keeping me warm" or "wow, my socks are staying up nicely on my
      calves". No, I only am aware of my socks when my toes are numb or I have to
      bend down and pull them up. These past two months, I've been blissfully
      unaware of my socks when wearing the FITS Socks! Even after several hours on
      the trail, I wasn't bothered by the Socks inching downward into my boots and
      wadding up around my ankles. Did they slide at all? Sure, but never more
      than a just a bit!

      That stay-put quality, plus the support around my ankles and around my arch,
      are what makes the FITS Socks a "perfect fit" for me.
      Film of FITS on Foot

      1.) They FIT! Perfectly!
      2.) Like Goldilocks once said, the Socks are "not too hot and not too cold,
      but just right."
      3.) No sagging around the ankles, the FITS Socks hold up all day.
      Minor Distractions
      1.) Some fuzzing where my boot top rubs against the Socks.
      I have several pairs of these FITS Socks now and I love them! I've even
      given them as gifts to my son and daughter-in-law who are also backpackers
      and they love them too. The only problem with that is making sure we all get
      the proper number pairs back when we share a washer!

      FITS Socks felt great and looked great, right out of the packaging. And
      they've stayed that way. No shrinking, undue pilling or worn spots after 2
      months of wear with all kinds of trail shoes and boots.

      The Socks kept my feet warm, but not too warm and when it was warm out, my
      feet stayed dry. And most importantly, the Socks stayed in place, no inching
      their way downward into my boots! Oh, and I forgot, the Socks are very
      supportive with good padding to keep my tootsies from getting bruised when
      pounding the trails.

      Thanks FITS Sock Company for making such a quality product!

      Kathleen (Kathy) Waters
    • Jamie D.
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      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 9, 2011
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