Fw: [backpackgeartesters] LTR - TCK Slog Series Topo Socks - Christensen
- I don't see that this went through earlier today, so I'm trying again.
----- Original Message -----
From: "theMiddleSister@..." <themiddlesister@...>
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2007 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: [backpackgeartesters] LTR - TCK Slog Series Topo Socks -
> I have just two edits for you. Thanks for working with me on this test.
> A pleasure.
> 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
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ryan Christensen" <bigdawgryan@...>
> To: "BackpackGearTesters" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 11:24 PM
> Subject: [backpackgeartesters] LTR - TCK Slog Series Topo Socks -
> 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.
> 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
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