LTR - Darn Tough Vermont Socks - Mike Wilkie
- LTR - Darn Tough Vermont Socks
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DARN TOUGH VERMONT MICRO CREW CUSHION
TEST SERIES BY MIKE WILKIE
December 01, 2007
NAME: Mike Wilkie
EMAIL: foreverwild1885 at yahoo dot com
LOCATION: Davenport, New York (USA)
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 148 lb (67.10 kg)
Hiking for me started at an early age, as I was always
an avid camper and Boy Scout. Living in the Catskill
Region backpacking has become serious for me over the
years. I camp, hike or multi-day backpack through the
Catskill or Adirondack Wilderness every weekend. As a
mid-weight packer I'm always prepared and use a tent
for overnighters. Being an aspirant of the Catskill
3500 Club and Adirondack 46ers, peak-bagging is now my
favorite outdoor activity. I will be climbing to
mountain summits this winter equipped with snowshoes
and crampons. My long-term goals are to complete long
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Field testing in the backcountry took place at the
All of the following are located in the Blackhead
Range in the Northern Catskills.
Black Dome Mountain - This was a short but strenuous
hike to the summit of Black Dome. The weather, not
surprisingly changed from beautiful sunny skies at the
trailhead to cool, rainy temperatures on the summit.
On this 5 mile (8.05 km) out and back hike the temps
went from about 60 F (15.56 C) down to a cool, damp 50
F (10.00 C). There was an elevation change of 1780 ft
(543 m). The elevation on the summit was 3980 ft
Blackhead Mountain - This was a strenuous 4.5 mile
(7.3 km) loop hike with an elevation change of 1740 ft
(531 m). The summit elevation was at 3940 ft (1201
m). Weather was a beautiful fall 60 F (15.56 C) day.
No complaints with the conditions on this day.
Thomas Cole Mountain - Also known as Camels Hump.
This moderate 5 mile (8.1 km) hike offered great views
being that all the leaves at this time were on the
ground. Came to some ice sheets on the trail, but was
able to skirt around them without crampons. This was
a brisk sunny day with high temperates around 40 F
(4.44 C). The low temperature at the trailhead before
first light was around 20 F (-6.66 C). The highest
elevation point on the Camels Hump was 3525 ft (1075
m). The elevation on the summit of Thomas Cole was at
3940ft (1201 m).
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
These socks performed unbelievably well in the field.
I found the Micro Crew Socks are best to be used as a
three season socks. They are perfect for keeping
your feet warm and dry on those cooler mornings and
nights during the fall. I have also found that these
Darn Tough socks help keep your feet cool and dry
during those hot summer days.
I did test these socks out on the trails during the
beginning weeks of winter and found that the socks are
a little too light for the really cold days. However,
they did keep my feet warm when on the move. I only
found my toes to be affected by the cold when not
maintaining any movement.
On my last trip out, on the way up to the summit of
Black Dome, I was forced to change out of these socks.
I had to replace the Darn Tough Vermont Socks for a
more heavier weight pair that would help when I taking
lunch or view breaks. This trip the temperature was
20 F (-6.66 C) at the trailhead and had a definite
wind chill factor on the summit.
I would have to agree with the other BGT testers who
also spent time testing these who stated that the
socks are "Darn Tough". Over the four months of
consistent use and washing they still retain their
shape. The form fitting structure is still holding up
and still huge my feet like they did when I first
Besides the small amount of pilling from the washing
and drying process they still look new. The colors
are still bright and there are no stains or wear spots
As for a midweight sock I have no complaints.
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I will continue to wear the Darn Tough Vermont Micro
Crew Socks for all of my spring, summer and fall
adventures. I have yet to wear a more comfortable and
durable sock. As of right know when the time comes
for purchasing a new pair for myself or as a gift for
fellow adventurers, Darn Tough Vermont will be the
ones I go with.
Now that winter is here and temps are well into the
teens and single digits, I will be investing in Darn
Tough Vermont's heavier weight socks. I will not
consider any other brand at this time.
The dog loves them too.
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