37228Re: [backpackgeartesters] LTR- TCK Slog Series TOPO Socks- askLarry
- Sep 7, 2007Larry,
Nice report. Only a couple of edits/comments and you are good to go.
On these trips, I wore sneakers as it was warm (70 F/20 C and up) and dry
and did not cover a lot of miles.
Edit: This is very nit-picky, but you should add "(kilometers)" after
I have worn and washed one set of the socks almost weekly.
COMMENT: And the othe pair??? Are they walking around by themselves?
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From: "asklarry99" <asklarry98@...>
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 9:47 PM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] LTR- TCK Slog Series TOPO Socks- askLarry
> I have finished my LTR on these socks (pending comments/corrections,
> of course).
> The URL for the entire report is here:
> and the text of the LTR portion is pasted below.
> LONG-TERM REPORT
> September 3, 2007
> I have continued to wear my TOPO socks during a variety of
> activities around town, including jogging, hiking, and a lot of
> biking. I usually wear the socks by themselves, and I can report
> that they have remained comfortable over the period of the test.
> They have very good wicking function when worn by themselves, such
> that my legs down to the sock line are sweaty, but my ankles and
> feet are dry.
> I have also worn them on 2 brief outings in central Ohio as liners
> underneath wool hiking socks. On these trips, I wore sneakers as it
> was warm (70 F/20 C and up) and dry and did not cover a lot of
> miles. However, I would again report that the socks were quite
> comfortable. They did not rub and wicked away any sweat/moisture. I
> would also point out that even after working up a good sweat, the
> socks did not have an unpleasant odor. I'm not sure if this is due
> to any odor-resistance treatment, or if they keep the feet dry
> enough to prevent odor build-up.
> As the final test for the TOPO socks, I took 2 pairs as my major
> socks for a 10-day canoe trip in Canada. The weather was warm for
> the trip, between 75-90 F (24-32 C) during the day and only in the
> 60's F (15-20 C) at night. The weather was mostly dry, although
> there were 2-3 days of mild rain. As I had the 2 pairs to use, I
> used 1 pair as my 'wet socks', meaning I wore them all day in the
> canoe and in the water, and the second pair as my 'dry socks', which
> I put on at night after getting off the water for the day. As we
> only got in/out of the canoe while it was in the water, this meant
> that the wet socks were truly worn wet for 8-10 hours per day, after
> which I would line dry them overnight. If there was some sun and a
> nice breeze in the evening, the wet socks would typically be dry in
> the morning when I put them on. I won't comment on the dry socks
> much, other than to reiterate that they made it through the trip
> smelling like fairly clean socks. The wet socks, despite being used
> in this fashion, retained their elasticity and comfort through the
> trip. Although they were frequently in the water, I never felt my
> feet getting cold or blisters from the wet socks. When I returned
> home, both sets of socks were thrown in the washer-can you tell from
> the photo below which were the wet socks and which the dry?
> I couldn't really either, except for the fact that some of sole of
> my boots rubbed off on the wet socks. (FYI, the 'wet socks' are on
> the left)
> Finally, let me just add a comment on durability. Over the period of
> the test, I have worn and washed one set of the socks almost weekly.
> I have not noticed a significant amount of pulling of the fibers or
> of pilling of the fabric.
> Overall, I have found the TCK TOPO socks to be of high quality and
> have gotten a lot of good use out of them. Although this concludes
> the test of this item, I plan to use these socks as my primary
> liners on future backpacking trips, and will continue to wear them
> for my everyday athletic activities.
> Things I liked about the TCK TOPO socks:
> Elastic fabric holds shape very well
> Arch support works to decrease foot fatigue.
> Excellent wicking character
> Good durability
> Asymmetric marking facilitates keeping track of right vs. left sock
> Things I disliked about the TCK TOPO socks:
> No major complaints.
> In retrospect, I'm not sure that green was a great color for me,
> since I frequently wear them without oversocks.
> This completes my test series on the TCK Slog Series TOPO socks. I
> wish to thank again the Twin Cities Knitting company for providing
> these socks for testing, and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to
> participate in the evaluation of this product.
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