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  • theMiddleSister@usaring.com
    I don t see that this went through earlier today, so I m trying again. Kathy ... From: theMiddleSister@usaring.com To:
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      I don't see that this went through earlier today, so I'm trying again.

      Kathy

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "theMiddleSister@..." <themiddlesister@...>
      To: <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, September 07, 2007 11:23 AM
      Subject: Re: [backpackgeartesters] LTR - TCK Slog Series Topo Socks -
      Christensen


      > Ryan,
      >
      > I have just two edits for you. Thanks for working with me on this test.
      > A pleasure.
      >
      > Kathy
      >
      >
      > Peakbagger.com states, "The Wind River Range is quite possibly the single
      > most dominant range of the hundred or so that make up the Rockies in the
      > United States. Exceptionally long, wide, high, rugged, and remote, the
      > Winds (as they are affectionately known) are little known outside of the
      > hiking and mountaineering communities, but to many they are clearly the
      > quintessential Rocky mountain range."
      > Edit: I found this quote to be interesting, and personally would let it
      > stand. However, it really isn't relevant to the report and "others" might
      > have issues with it.
      >
      > Consequently, I was very pleased with how well the Topo socks as a base
      > layer on this multi-day hike.
      > EDIT: Think you missed a word here. "...how well the Topo socks
      > WORKED..."?
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Ryan Christensen" <bigdawgryan@...>
      > To: "BackpackGearTesters" <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 11:24 PM
      > Subject: [backpackgeartesters] LTR - TCK Slog Series Topo Socks -
      > Christensen
      >
      >
      > Kathleen, et al:
      >
      > Here is my LTR on the TCK Slog Series Topo socks. I have posted the HTML
      > file in the TEST folder for your review as well. You can access it via
      > this link: http://snipurl.com/1q6sm
      >
      > Please pardon any Yahooisms. Thanks in advance for your comments and
      > suggestions. Ryan
      >
      > LONG TERM REPORT
      > August 31, 2007
      >
      > I wore the TCK Slog Series Topo socks on a weeklong backpacking trip into
      > the Wind River Range from July 30 - August 4, 2007. The Wind River Range
      > is a remote hundred-mile range that stretches through Wyoming along the
      > crest of the Continental Divide. Peakbagger.com states, "The Wind River
      > Range is quite possibly the single most dominant range of the hundred or
      > so that make up the Rockies in the United States. Exceptionally long,
      > wide, high, rugged, and remote, the Winds (as they are affectionately
      > known) are little known outside of the hiking and mountaineering
      > communities, but to many they are clearly the quintessential Rocky
      > mountain range." Much of our hiking was above 10,000 ft (3,048 m) in
      > elevation. We hiked fifty miles (80 km) over six days on this BSA High
      > Adventure. We had rain four of the six days we were in the Winds. I always
      > wear two pair of socks when backpacking. Therefore, I do not know what I
      > was thinking, as I started this trip, carrying a 50 lb (23 kg)
      > pack, wearing only a single pair of medium-weight merino wool socks. After
      > a few miles, I began developing hot spots. I should have treated them at
      > once, but did not. I proceeded on only to develop some ugly blisters after
      > a few more miles. This forced me to treat my feet. I applied Moleskin and
      > duct tape to the blistered areas. In addition, I donned the Topos under
      > the merino wool socks I had been wearing. My blisters did not worsen as we
      > continued to our destination for the day. Because TCK sent me two pair of
      > the Topo socks, I was able to wear a pair each day thereafter on the trip
      > (washing one pair in the lake each day.) As stated above, on this trip, we
      > hiked 50 mi (80 km) over varied terrain; gaining and losing elevation,
      > climbing over rocks and downed trees, and my blisters did not worsen
      > during the balance of the trip. Consequently, I was very pleased with how
      > well the Topo socks as a base layer on this multi-day hike.
      >
      > Roughly two weeks after my trip to the Wind River Range, I wore the Topo
      > sock and a medium-weight merino wool hiking sock on an overnight
      > backpacking trip into Idaho's Copper Basin. Based on forecasted
      > thunderstorms, we debated whether to go ahead with this outing. We decided
      > to go, and the weather cooperated on our way in. My pack weighed
      > approximately 35 lb (16 kg). We hiked approximately 4 mi (6.4 km) and
      > gained approximately 4,000 ft (1,219 m) until we reached our campsite. We
      > then hiked another 0.5 mi (0.8 km) and gained another 150+ ft (46 m) as we
      > hiked to Baptie Lake. We awoke the next morning at 6:00 a.m. to thunder,
      > lighting, hail and then rain at 10,000 ft (3,048 m). Although my feet were
      > still tender from the Wind River trip two weeks earlier, the Topo sock
      > performed nicely on this outing. I did not develop new blisters on the way
      > up or as we quickly descended the 4,000 ft (1,219 m) to avoid encounters
      > with lightning. Thus, I was quite happy with the Topos on
      > this hike.
      >
      > Summary:
      >
      > I have worn the TCK Slog Series Topo socks more than twenty different
      > days. During the test period I learned that I can wear the Topo alone when
      > biking or walking around town, but I need an additional layer when hiking
      > or backpacking. After learning that for me the Topo works best for me as a
      > base layer, I have been very please with these socks. They have held up
      > extremely well, no loose thread, wear spots, pilling, or fading.
      > Consequently, I would recommend these Polypropylene socks to anyone
      > looking for a moisture-wicking base-layer sock.
      >
      >
      > Ryan L. Christensen
      > E-mail: mailto:bigdawgryan@...
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