51923Re: [backpackgeartesters] FR - Bridgedale Endurance Trekker Socks - Jerry Adams
- Jan 4, 2009Sure, sorry
I thught it was due January 6
--- On Sun, 1/4/09, Leesa J <leesaj@...> wrote:
From: Leesa J <leesaj@...>
Subject: Re: [backpackgeartesters] FR - Bridgedale Endurance Trekker Socks - Jerry Adams
Date: Sunday, January 4, 2009, 4:45 PM
I was just trying to get caught up entering test info and noticed you posted
this early. Reports shouldn't be posted more than 2 weeks before the due
date (Jan. 20th).
Could you resend after that? I'm afraid your monitor may not pick it up
On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 8:40 PM, jerry adams <jerryaadams@...>
> HTML at http://tinyurl.com/948ot6
> BRIDGEDALE ENDURANCE TREKKER SOCKS
> TEST SERIES BY JERRY ADAMS
> January 02, 2009
> TESTER INFORMATION
> NAME: Jerry Adams
> EMAIL: jerryaadamsatyahoodotcom
> AGE: 54
> LOCATION: Portland Oregon
> GENDER: m
> HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
> WEIGHT: 190 lb (86.20 kg)
> Backpacking Background: I started hiking about 45 years ago. My first
> backpack was 40 years ago. I currently try to do one backpack trip of 1 to
> nights every month (which can be tricky in the winter). Mostly I stay
> Mount Hood, Columbia Gorge, Mount Adams, Goat Rocks, and the Olympic
> Peninsula. In recent years I have shifted to lightweight - my pack weight
> without food and water is about 15 lb (7 kg). I make a lot of my own gear
> silnylon tarp-tent, bivy, synthetic bag, simple bag style pack. My
> pad is a Therm-a-Rest air mattress.
> INITIAL REPORT
> PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
> Manufacturer: Bridgedale Outdoor Limited
> Year of Manufacture: 2008
> Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
> Measured Weight: 3.4 oz (95 g) for size L
> I got the grey color. They also make blue, green, black, gunmetal, and
> There are also some green and darker grey places. "bridgedale",
> and "L" (the size) are woven into the socks in green.
> It appears that the heel, sole, and toe are a bit heavier (for improved
> wear and comfort?).
> The Fiber Content is:
> 41% New Wool
> 37% Nylon/polyamide
> 21% Endurofil�/polypropylene
> 1% Lycra(R)/elastane
> The socks have "WoolFushion" technology. The wool fibers are
wrapped with a
> wicking fiber which is supposed to wick away sweat better, and wear
> The socks are midweight on a scale of lightweight, midweight, and
> heavyweight. This refers to warmth and cushion. Lighter weight is
> better in hot weather. Lighter weight provides less cushion for comfort.
> the socks weigh less then it's less tiring after walking many miles.
> Bridgedale is a British company.
> Socks with packing sleeve:
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1">>
> Trying them on:
> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 2">>
> INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
> The socks were packaged in a cardboard sleeve, which had some good
> information about the socks.
> The knitting was uniform. The junctions between different types of yarn,
> like at the heel, were uniform. These socks appear to be well made.
> READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
> The only instructions were how to wash (40 degree C (104 degree F) wool
> cycle, no bleach, tumble dry low heat).
> TRYING IT OUT
> The socks feel good in my hands.
> I wore the socks with my mid height boots raking leaves in the yard and on
> a 2.5 mile (4 km) walk on paved surfaces. They felt good.
> The size L fit my size 12 feet fairly loosely. According to Bridgedale, a
> size L fits US size 10 to 12.5. I think that for a US size 10 or 11, a
> Bridgedale size M sock might be better. If the socks are too big, there is
> risk of a wrinkle forming while wearing them, which could cause a blister.
> TESTING STRATEGY
> I do about one backpack trip every month. Over the fall and winter,
> a couple trips on Mount Hood, several trips in the Columbia Gorge, and a
> trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Maybe I'll do a trip to Eastern Oregon,
> Southern Oregon, and/or the Oregon coast. Each trip will be about 3 nights
> and 30 miles (50 km).
> In addition to the backpacking trips, I'll do some day hikes in Oregon
> Washington in the vicinity of Portland. I'll make sure these include
> wet days and some snowy days, although I avoid major snow hiking. I'll
> about 30 miles (50 km) each month.
> I will use the Bridgedale Endurance Trekker Socks on each of these
> This will include multi-day trips with lots of up and down to test comfort
> on long mileage hikes. I will include some off trail scrambling to test
> ability to prevent blisters. There will be some cold weather below
> to test warmth. There will be some wet weather to see if they still
> warmth when they get wet. There will probably be a little snow, but
> not what I primarily do.
> I expect socks to last at least 200 miles (300 km) before wearing out. At
> that point, the heels start getting thin, and maybe the junction between
> main body of the sock and the heel starts becoming undone. By the end of
> long term test I should have about this distance so I should at least get
> idea about this.
> So far so good. I am looking forward to testing these socks.
> Thanks to BackPackerGearTest. org and Bridgedale for the opportunity to
> test this item.
> This concludes my Initial Report. Please check back in about 2 months for
> my Field Report on this item.
> <a name="FRPT">FIELD REPORT</a>
> FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
> All of my testing was done with one pair of Bridgedale Endurance Trekker
> socks and a pair of mid weight leather boots.
> I washed the socks four times in warm water and dried them in the drier
> using the warm setting.
> On the backpack trips, I wore the socks in my sleeping bag at night so
> were dry in the morning, (although when the boots were wet, the socks got
> wet again after I put on my boots in the morning).
> I did a three night backpack up the Deschutes River in Northern central
> Oregon. The elevation was 250 to 1000 feet (75 to 300 m). Temperature
> 40 to 70 degrees F (5 to 20 C). Fairly dry. I walked 26 miles (42 km).
> The trail was dirt, gravel, and some boulders.
> I did a three night backpack up to Cast Lake, West of Mount Hood, in
> Northern central Oregon. The elevation was 1500 to 4500 feet (500 to 1400
> m). Temperature was 32 to 50 degree F (0 to 10 C). Rainy and wet snow on
> the ground at places. I walked 24 miles (38 km). My boots and socks were
> quite wet the entire time. The trail was dirt, gravel, some boulders, and
> some snow.
> I did a three night backpack up to Dublin Lake, in Northern central
> Oregon. The elevation was 200 to 4100 feet (60 to 1250 m). Temperature
> 32 to 50 degree F (0 to 10 C). Rainy and wet snow on the ground. I
> 22 miles (35 km). My boots and socks were quite wet the entire time. The
> trail was dirt, gravel, some boulders, and some snow.
> I did 20 miles (30 km) of day hiking around Portland Oregon on dry
> about 40 degree F (6 C).
> I did 55 miles (90 km) of day hiking around Portland Oregon in snow from
> to 35 degree F (-7 to 2 C). My socks got a bit damp.
> Total mileage was 147 miles (235 km).
> PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
> The socks were comfortable, no blisters or anything. The elastic around
> the ankles kept the socks up without being too constrictive. There were
> abnormal odor problems.
> I did 6 days of backpacking with the socks wet. The socks were as
> comfortable as possible for wet socks. In my experience, sometimes
> blisters when the socks are wet, but I didn't have any problem with
> There were no durability problems. After the Field Test, the socks were
> about as thick as a new pair. The Field Test consisted of 147 miles (235
> km), 9 nights of backpacking including 6 when the socks were wet, and four
> washings. I have found that socks wear out faster in backpack trips when
> they get really wet. There was a little pilling (some of the wool fiber
> comes out of the sock weave and forms little clumps on the surface).
> I figure that socks should last at least 250 miles (400 km) and maybe 8
> washings before wearing out. The first thing that happens is that the
> gets really thin at the heels, which will cause discomfort and blisters.
> far I haven't seen this problem. I plan on this amount of testing by
> end of the long term test.
> According to the Bridgedale website, the socks are made with WoolFusion
> technology, where a Polypropylene fiber wraps around the wool fiber, which
> makes the sock more durable. The durability performance that I
> is consistent with this, but I haven't put in enough testing yet to
> verify this.
> The socks were warm enough on backpack trips down to 32 degree F (0 C)
> they were wet and day hikes down to 20 degree F (-7 C).
> As reported in the Initial Report, the socks are a bit large. My feet are
> size 12 U.S. These socks are size L which Bridgedale says should fit U.S.
> 10 to 12.5. If I didn't put my shoes on carefully, there would be
> or my heel wouldn't be at the right place on the sock. This has been
> minor problem - I haven't got any blisters or anything. This might be
> of a problem for someone with size 10 U.S. feet, for example.
> The Bridgedale Endurance Trekker socks are high quality socks for
> backpacking. I prefer them to the Merino wool socks I have used in the
> - Very comfortable
> - So far, the durability is good
> - The sizing is a bit off, they're bigger than advertised, but this is
> fairly minor. I recommend that before purchasing to carefully try on the
> socks to make sure they're the right size, and not just rely on
> sizing data, especially if the shoe size is towards the low end of the
> for the particular sock size.
> TESTING STRATEGY
> Do another 100 miles (160 km). Include at least 6 nights of backpacking.
> I am hoping this will include at least a day well below 32 degree F (0 C).
> Wash them at least 3 more times.
> This concludes my Field Report. Long Term Report will be finished by
> Thank you to Bridgedale and BackpackGearTest.org for providing me with the
> opportunity to test the Endurance Trekker socks.
> This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
> Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.
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