Application: SLOG Series Topo Socks - Pat McNeilly
- Socks! My kingdom for a pair of socks! Isn't that how the famous line
goes? Well, if its not I know I have thought that a few times.
Please accept my application to test the Slog Series Topo Socks.
I have read the Survival Guide v0609, including Chapter 5, and will
fully comply with all of the requirements described within. I have also
filed my Test Agreement.
Name: Pat McNeilly
Height: 5' 8" (1.7 m)
Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
Email address: patrick dot mcneilly at hhs dot gov
City, State, Country: Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A.
I have been hiking for at least 20 years but backpacking for only the
last four years. Most of my backpacking is done as overnight trips and
occasional weekend and weeklong trips. My typical packweight this
season has been approximately 15 to 18 lb (7 to 9 kg) before food or
water and I have been trying to go to lighter and lighter weights. I
would probably rate myself as a lightweight backpacker but slowly
creeping closer to ultralight. I typically use a tarp as my backpacking
shelter of choice. My backpacking is generally the three season variety
in the mountains of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
although I do camp and hike during the winter.
I plan to test the Slog Series Topo Socks on any hiking or backpacking
trips this spring and summer. I am currently planning my upcoming
season and have three weekend trips planned this spring in the
mid-Atlantic area. These would include trips to the Michaux State
Forest in Pennsylvania and a trip to the Mount Rogers area of southern
Virginia. The elevations on these trips will range from 800 ft (240 m)
to 4000 ft (1200 m).
In addition, I will be leading a crew on a ten day trek at Philmont
Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico in July '07, should the test
period last that long. This trip will cover at least 50 miles (81 km).
The elevation on this trip will range from 7000 ft (2100 m) to
approximately 11000 ft (3350 m).
The temperatures I expect to encounter on these trips should range from
35 F to 95 F (2 C to 35 C). Spring is generally the wettest season in
my home area, so I expect to be testing in moist conditions. Snow can
be seen here into March and thus is not out of the question. Strong
thunderstorms are also likely to be encountered in the mountains of New
I have recently taken up orienteering and would very likely test these
socks on trail runs and orienteering event.
I typically wear wool socks year round for my hiking because I have
found that some synthetic socks have not kept my feet dry and caused
blisters. I am always looking for an alternative to the wool which
sometimes causes irritation. With that in mind, there are a number of
aspects of the Slog Series Topo Socks that I would be interested in,
Size/Fit: Does the sock actually form to the contours of the foot as
described? How well does the sock retain this shape throughout a hike?
I would like to test whether the socks fit well with different types of
shoes, such as trail runners and hiking boots? I plan to evaluate
whether the height of the socks make them comfortable for wear with
hiking boots or whether they are better suited to low hiking shoes or
Performance: Does the polypropylene fabric actually allow for better
wicking capabilities? Since I generally have luck with keeping my feet
dry while wearing liner socks, I anticipate testing these socks by
comparing them with and without liner socks to see if there is a
difference in how dry my feet are. I would also like to evaluate how
well these socks perform while wet (e.g., after a rain or wet trail).
Will they continue to maintain their fit and do they dry quickly? Does
the polypropylene allow for warmth on cool days? Are the socks too
warm to wear during the summer months? Do the seams cause rubbing? The
Slog Series website indicates that the arch support reduces foot
fatigue, is this noticeable after a long hike? The website also
mentions that the high-splice of the socks prevents blisters, I will
monitor the frequency of blisters formation on hikes while wearing the
socks? In the past polypropylene has had a reputation of having a high
stink factor. Is this reputation maintained with these socks?
Durability: How do these socks stand up to being laundered? Will they
shrink if placed in a clothes dryer. Do they pill, as some other types
of socks do? Are there visible signs of wear during the test period?
I generally wear a US size 9 or 9½ shoe. I would therefore need a
size small-medium. If color and type of sock are an option, I would
prefer to test the quarter sock in color pattern 2. However, I would be
happy to test any color or sock style.
I have completed two test series for the following products:
Sea to Summit 13L Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
Probar Nutty Banana Boom
I am currently testing the following products:
Integral Designs Cruiser Jacket (Field Report posted)
Kayland Contact 1000 Boots (Field Report posted)
Coast Cutlery Revolution Headlamp (Item not yet received)
My reports may be found at the following location:
I have no other applications pending at this time.
I sincerely appreciate your consideration of this application.
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