Thanks for editing this one Kerri
DAHLGREN BACKPACKING SOCKS
TEST SERIES BY JERRY ADAMS
November 14, 2012
NAME: Jerry Adams
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon, USA
HEIGHT: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
WEIGHT: 195 lb (88.50 kg)
I started hiking about 45 years ago. My first backpack was 40 years ago. I currently try to do one backpack trip of 1 to 5 nights every month (which can be tricky in the winter). Mostly I stay in the Western half of Oregon and Washington. In recent years I have shifted to lightweight - my pack weight without food and water is about 12 lb (6 kg). I make a lot of my own gear - silnylon tarp-tent, bivy, synthetic bag, simple bag style pack.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Dahlgren Footwear, Inc.
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.dahlgrenfootwear.com/"
Listed Weight: none
Measured Weight: 3.98 oz (113 g)
The Dahlgren Backpacking socks are heavy weight socks for backpacking.
Dahlgren Footwear, Inc. is located near Portland, Oregon and makes all their socks locally.
They make a number of styles including Expedition (extra heavy weight, tall), Backpacking (heavy weight), Hiking (medium weight),... I am testing the Backpacking style.
These socks weigh more than other socks I have worn, so they are definitely heavy weight. They feel very thick. They should be good for cooler winter backpacking, which is exactly what my testing will be. If I was doing warmer weather hiking, I would probably choose a lighter sock.
The socks come in 3 colors - Moss (green), Bark (grey/brown), and Pitch (Black). I am testing the Bark color.
I wear size 12 (US) shoes, so I'm testing the XL size which is supposed to fit size 11 - 13.
I am testing one pair of socks.
Right and left side of socks:
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The socks come up to the bottom of my calf, about 11 inches (28 cm) from the floor:
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The Toe/Heel is made of 55% merino wool, 28% nylon, and 17% alpaca. The Arch/instep is made of 70% recycled polyester, 17% merino, 8% nylon, and 5% alpaca. The leg is made of 75% recycled polyester, 23% nylon, and 2% spandex.
The Dahlgren socks use patented Dri-Stride technology. There are a number of different zones - absorption zones, wicking rings, wicking channels, and evaporation zones - to absorb, transfer and evaporate moisture. In the pictures above, the wicking rings are the horizontal linear features and the wicking channels are the vertical linear features. Since the absorption zones are on the toe and heel, the wicking zones are in the instep/arch, and the evaporation zone is on the ankle, the idea is to absorb moisture in the feet and evaporate it in the ankles. This makes a lot of sense because my socks always get damp from sweat on my feet because it evaporates only slowly out the boots. If that moisture can be wicked up to the ankles, it would evaporate a lot better.
I will be wearing the socks inside waterproof-breathable boots with lightweight breathable nylon gaiters. Normally, my socks get a little damp from sweat. I will get a good opportunity to test this Dri-Stride technology. I'm always a little skeptical of features like this - that they're just marketing features with no performance advantage. I will be a good tester of this.
One disadvantage to all these zones, is wherever there is a transition from one zone to another, there is an opportunity to have a gap or bulge, but I carefully examined both socks and the transitions are very smooth. Also, the Y-heel and toe are all very smooth.
I tried on the socks and they feel very comfortable. I think their heavy weight will provide some warmth during my winter testing.
The XL size seems to fit my size 12 feet. They are a little tight around the ankles so I don't think they'll slip down. They are a little tight around my feet, but it feels like there's more stretch available - I think they would be comfortable if I had a size 11 or 13 foot, as they advertise.
They appear to be very well made. The knitting is very uniform everywhere on the socks, including the transitions between different zones.
The Dahlgren Backpacking socks are heavy weight socks for backpacking or hiking. Since they're heavy weight, I think they're best suited for colder weather hiking.
They are made with a combination of natural and synthetic fibers.
They're well made - very uniform feeling across the different zones of the socks - heel, toe,...
They use Dri-Stride technology which is supposed to wick moisture up the socks and out at the ankles. I'm skeptical, but I'll evaluate whether the socks are drier when I'm backpacking.
I'll use the socks on a couple backpacking trips each during the Field Report and Long Term Report periods. These will be colder weather. I'll be wearing the socks with waterproof breathable boots and light breathable nylon gaiters.
This concludes my Initial Report. Look foreword to my Field Report in two months. Thanks to Dahlgren Footwear, Inc. and BackpackGearTest.org for letting me test these.
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