IR- Darn Tough Vermont Poppy Gall Socks- Nancy Griffith
- I've posted my IR for the DTV socks. Here's the text and link.
Thanks in advance for the edits!
DARN TOUGH VERMONT POPPY GALL SOCKS
TEST SERIES BY NANCY GRIFFITH
September 30, 2010
NAME: Nancy Griffith
LOCATION: Northern California, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
WEIGHT: 130 lb (59.00 kg)
My outdoor experience began in high school with involvement in a local
canoeing/camping group called Canoe Trails. The culmination was a 10-day canoe
voyage through the Quebec wilds. I've been backpacking since my college days in
Pennsylvania. I have completed all of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia,
Tennessee and North Carolina. My typical trip now is in the Sierra Nevada in
California and is from a few days to a week long. I carry a light to mid-weight
load, use a tent, stove and hiking poles.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Annie Lt Denim" IMAGE CAPTION = "Photo courtesy
of Darn Tough Vermont">>Manufacturer: Darn Tough Vermont
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.darntough.com" LINK
TEXT = "http://www.darntough.com">>
MSRP: $17 US
Listed Weight: Not Listed
Measured Weight: 2.2 oz (62 g)
Style/Color Tested: Annie Lt. Denim/ Blue
Size Tested: Women's Medium
Made in the U.S.A. (Vermont)
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "In Package">>Darn Tough Vermont has teamed up
with Poppy Gall,ISIS co-founder and owner/creative director of Poppy Gall Design
Studio, to come up with some innovative and refreshing sock designs for Spring
2011. These particular socks are described for hiking and trekking and are 1/4
height which is slightly above a mid-height boot. They are made from Merino
wool which is supposed to be highly breathable, itch-free and naturally
antimicrobial. Four-ply nylon reinforces the heel, toe and foot bottom. The
middle of the foot has a tighter stretchy fit to keep it from slipping and
The press information talks about Darn Tough Vermont recently obtaining some new
generation knitting machines which allow them to produce very densely knit, thin
socks with seams that can barely be detected. On this pair, the toe seam is
quite tight as seen from the outside. On the inside there is just a fine line
of heavy thread. The idea is make a very comfortable sock which doesn't cause
any blisters and has great fit and durability.<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "toe
They come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee that their socks are the most
comfortable and durable socks ever owned.
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
Machine wash in warm water on gentle cycle with socks inside-out. Do not
bleach. Tumble dry low. Do not dry clean.
I've noticed other socks that say to wash inside-out and am not sure why. My
socks always seem to be filthy on the outside and so I don't wash them
inside-out, but I'll try it with these.
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS & TRYING THEM OUT
My initial impression was that the socks look really sturdy, thick and slightly
larger than my other Women's medium socks. I like the color (blue is my
favorite) and the style is very cool without being too outrageous for me. They
are much more stylish than any of my other hiking socks.
I noticed that the packaging is pretty simple; just folded paperboard without
any plastic tags or plastic stems. I'm also impressed with any clothing item
(or anything else for that matter) that is still made in the U.S.A. I know how
difficult it is to compete in the world market with U.S. labor costs and
appreciate any company that makes the commitment to produce here.
When I first slipped my feet into the socks I immediately noticed how
comfortable and cozy they are. They do seem bigger than my other socks that are
the same size, but I can't say that they are too big. They just fit
differently. My typical socks have to stretch slightly to match my foot. With
these socks they are not stretched at all and have just a slight amount of space
I wore them on a hike with my mid-height light hiking boots. We scrambled up a
faint trail that really was more of an animal path along a creek and fished
every good pool along the way. The brush was very thick in places and many
trees were down in the way of making much progress. The socks didn't feel too
big or slip around in my boots at all.
The Darn Tough Vermont Poppy Gall socks are a high quality and fashionable pair
of hiking socks.
Likes so far:
Good cushion on bottom
Thinner on top
Dislikes so far:
This concludes my Initial Report. Check back in two months for my Field
Report. Thanks to Darn Tough Vermont and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me
to participate in this test.
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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