17132RE: [backpackgeartesters] RE: REPOST: IR - Bridgedale X-Hale Socks - Andrew Buskov
- Mar 31, 2006Ted, the weight listed is the measured weight. I haven't been able to find a
specified weight online anywhere, and its not on the packaging.
Should I alter the description to "Actual Weight", or "Measured weight"?
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> Subject: [backpackgeartesters] RE: REPOST: IR - Bridgedale X-Hale Socks -
> Andrew Buskov
> Thanks, Andrew. The IR still needs the measured weight of the socks
> (see my edit addendum and a separate side-channel message,
> which--since it was sent via Yahoo--may not have reached you).
> However, once that is fixed, feel free to upload at any time.
> In general with report series, unless you are more comfortable
> resubmitting the edited version to list first for final approval, you
> may go straight to the BGT permanent folder
> with your (edited) HTML version. The only time that this would not be
> the case would be if your report editor explicitly requests to see
> the final form. This might happen if there was need for a substantial
> reworking, but this is fairly uncommon. As it turns out, in this
> case, the fact that you did repost saved some small inconvenience in
> regard to getting the weight incorporated, but that was my fault for
> not catching the omission in my initial edit.
> /31/2006, you wrote:
> >Thanks for the edits Ted. Below is the reworked edition. The HTML has
> >been changed and can be found here:
> >Andrew Buskov
> >Men's Bridgedale X-Hale Socks
> >Initial Report
> >March 16, 2006
> >Tester Biographical Information:
> >Name: Andrew Buskov
> >Age: 31
> >Gender: Male
> >Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
> >Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
> >Shoe Size: 10 US (43 EU)
> >Email: MadFireman@...
> >City, State, Country: Madisonville, Kentucky USA
> >Date: March 16, 2006
> >Backpacking Background:
> >I started backpacking when I was about 8 and quickly became hooked on the
> >outdoors. I prefer being out in the winter more than the summer. I have
> >hiked a variety of environments ranging from Maine's Mt. Katahdin in late
> >fall to Mount Charleston, outside Las Vegas, in the summer. As an
> >Medical Technician, I have been trained to be prepared at all times so my
> >pack tends to be on the heavy side. I prefer hiking difficult terrain as
> >opposed to flat, level ground, and enjoy longer trips as opposed to
> >overnighters. I hike in The North Face Adrenaline Gore-Tex XCR, but will
> >wearing several different pairs of shoes while completing this test.
> >Product Information:
> >Name: Bridgedale X-Hale socks
> >Fibre Content: 42% Nylon, 28% Merino Wool, 28% Isolfil, 2% Lycra
> >Year of Manufacture: 2006
> >Sock Size Tested: Medium = US - Men's 7 - 9.5 / Women's 8 - 10.5
> >Sizes Available: Small = US - Men's 4 - 6.5 / Women's 5 - 7.5
> > Large = US - Men's 10 - 12.5 / Women's 10.5 - 13
> > XLarge = US - Men's 13 - 15
> >Color Tested: Onyx / Ruby
> >Colors Available: Silver / Sapphire, Cool White / Black, Onyx / Ruby
> >Washing Instructions: For best results wash inside out. Wash dark colours
> >separately. Do not use fabric softener. 40 C (72 F) wool cycle. Do not
> >bleach. Do not iron. Do not dry clean.
> >Weight: 2.1 oz (60 g)
> >Manufacturer's Website:
> >MSRP: $14.95 US
> >Product Description:
> >(From the website)
> >"The most advanced design to keep the foot cool during exercise,
> >particularly in extreme heat. Super light weight knit of merino wool
> >with IsolfilR minimizes the sock's thermal effect. A broad venting system
> >enrobes the foot in breathable mesh (even the toes get their own vent
> >while ShockZoneR protects foot and prevent hotspots. An incredible design
> >that promises to change how you think about keeping feet cool and dry!"
> >Information found on the package included:
> >"With over 75 years of tradition, Bridgedale socks are tested in the lab
> >in the field for performance and endurance. Regardless of your chosen
> >activity, our exacting quality standards and technically advanced designs
> >will enhance both the performance of your footwear and the comfort of you
> >feet! We Guarantee it!"
> >"Performance enhanced by WoolFusion technology."
> >First Impression:
> >Upon opening the shipping package, I found one pair of men's Bridgedale
> >X-Hale Socks bound in their retail packaging. The documentation on the
> >packaging comes in five languages and includes an image detailing the
> >of the socks. Washing instructions and fibre content information is
> >on the back of the packaging below the documentation.
> >After removing the socks from their packaging, I snapped a few photos
> >to trying them on. I was a bit concerned about a few spots on the
> >It seemed that the area around the balls of the feet and the heel were
> >already fraying. This may simply be due to the manufacturing process and
> >stretch back to normal after washing. In addition, after turning the
> >inside out, I was surprised to find such an excess of material just
> >dangling. However, when trying them, I never noticed the excess of
> >If anything, having the extra material actually made the sock feel a bit
> >I was shocked at how comfortable these socks were. They fit my feet great
> >and were extremely soft. I was expecting the wool to itch my feet, but
> >surprised that there was no itching at all. Most of the time, especially
> >around the toe, I am able to feel the seams of my socks. I was unable to
> >tell where the seams were at all on these socks.
> >I was going to wear them around the house, but found on the website that
> >preserve the life of your Bridgedale socks never wear them on carpet and
> >always wash them inside out." This seems strange to me, as I've never
> >of socks you aren't supposed to wear on carpet. I'm wondering if the sock
> >material wears out easier than regular materials. I'll have to keep an
> >on this, especially since the socks already seem to be fraying.
> >In addition, finding the socks on the Bridgedale website was a bit
> >difficult. They are only listed in two of the eleven categories. I
> >found them under the Cycling/MTB and the Running sections.
> >Testing Plan:
> >I plan on testing these in a variety of locations including hiking trips
> >within Tennessee and Kentucky. I also plan on wearing these socks while
> >mountain biking, day hikes, and walking around the neighborhood with my
> >wife. Because of the dramatic weather changes that occur during the
> >in this area, I will be exposing these socks to a wide variety of weather
> >patterns and will be able to comment on how well these socks perform in
> >The shoes I will be wearing primarily are New Balance CM471GO, and my
> >boots which are The North Face Adrenaline Gore-Tex XCR.
> >During the testing period I will answer the following questions:
> >Fit: How well do these socks fit? Are the measurements sized correctly?
> >they loose or tight fitting? Will the tops stay up with normal movement?
> >they slide down throughout the day? Do the different thicknesses feel
> >uncomfortable? Will these socks bind or bunch up at the toe area
> >the day?
> >Comfort: Are the socks comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of
> >time? Are the seams stitched in such a way to prevent rubbing or chafing?
> >Will the fabric stick to me when sweating? Will the heat retained be
> >uncomfortable on hot days? Does the elastic around the cuff cause binding
> >chafing? I'm not one who likes wearing liners; can I get by without
> >and still escape blisters?
> >Moisture: How well does the sock wick moisture away from my feet? If the
> >socks become soaked, how quickly will they dry? Will the socks retain an
> >odor after an extended period of time?
> >Durability: Does this material stretch, or give? Will the seams unravel
> >after an extended period of time? Are there any special washing
> >instructions? Will the elastic cuff stretch over time?
> >I would like to thank Backpackgeartest.org and Bridgedale for the
> >opportunity to test their X-Hale socks.
> >Andrew Buskov
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