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    REI Merino Wool Expedition Socks

    These heavyweight, cushioned REI Merino Wool expedition socks are a perfect fit for cold-weather hiking and backpacking. See details

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    These heavyweight, cushioned REI Merino Wool expedition socks are a perfect fit for cold-weather hiking and backpacking.

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    These heavyweight, cushioned REI Merino Wool expedition socks are a perfect fit for cold-weather hiking and backpacking.

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    These heavyweight, cushioned REI Merino Wool expedition socks are a perfect fit for cold-weather hiking and backpacking.

    • Stretch nylon reinforces heel and toe area for long-wearing durability and comfort; arch band offers additional support
    • Made from merino lambswool blended with nylon and a bit of Lycra® spandex for durability and dependable fit
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    REI Merino Wool Expedition Socks Specs
    Best use
    Wool / wool blend
    78% merino wool/20% nylon/2% Lycra spandex
    Heavy cushioning
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    REI Merino Wool Expedition Socks

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    REI Merino Wool Expedition Socks is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite the same sock as before The trouble with reviews dating back several years is that the product often changes. These socks, for example, used to be easy to pull on and off. Now, they appear to have more elastic woven in, so they are tighter and harder to get on and off. The sock also feels harder on my skin than prior year models. I used to think this was the best sock in the world. It is still a good sock at a good price, and will last you a long while, but it is not as comfortable or easy to use as before. I mostly use it for hiking and backpacking. You may need a Smartwool liner sock inside if you want to cut down on the blisters. This sock is really thick, so it will only work if your shoe or boot has plenty of room in it.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far they are very good I think these are great socks. I have used them a few times and so far no blisters and no discomfort. I have used them with and without polypropylene liners and I prefer them with. I was concerned that they would be too warm but I was comfortable on a 90*F day hike last week. When these were recommended to me I was told get one size smaller and I did. I would say the same to anyone. They are thick and it is better to have them fit snug than to bunch up. I wear a 12.5 shoe and a 13.5 boot and I bought these in a Large.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for motorcycling; meh for walking PRO: - cushy and warm - don't stink even after several days of constant wear - comfy when wet; dry quickly - awesome for cold feet in that sleeping bag - feet felt great while touring on the motorcycle in temps in the 40F range and speeds around 70mph, which can be difficult since you're basically stationary and blood isn't flowing so much CON: - You may find your boots too tight if you're used to thinner socks. - I found that in trying to pull the bunches out, mine stretched and the heel didn't stay true, ultimately ending up near my achilles tendon. No bueno. This is in two days of wear with about 6 hours of motorcycling, followed by a couple days of walking around at a convention OBSERVATION: - My lighter SmartWool socks didn't stretch as much. My feet are 11.5, so I ordered the large and I'm not sure I chose correctly. I'd rather a sock I had to work a bit to put on, but won't stretch/bunch after a day of walking. It could be that the best solution is the skin-tight poly-pro socks underneath, but that adds more bulk and warmth that may not be desireable. - These will likely end up as ski socks and cold-weather motorcycling socks rather than expedition/hiking socks. Disappointing considering the cost.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy heavyweight I have had these socks for a few years now and they have held up very well. No holes, elastic still works, and they are just as cushy as when I got them. These are a heavyweight sock and so a little bulky compared to your average cotton sock. As I am outside most of the year I find I wear these if the environment is going to be cold ( Think Alpine). I ussally wear these with a light hiking boot.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Socks in the World As an Army officer, I have worn combat boots nearly every day of my life for the past 16 years. In addition to everyday use, I've also worn boots for countless training and field exercises and have been deployed 5 times (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa). During this time, I've come to regard socks as the most important piece of gear I wear and I have embarked on a quest for the perfect sock. I have tested, worn, and owned every hiking sock variant of REI, Thorlo, Smartwool, Wigwam, Fox River and generic Army-issue socks available. Everyone is different, obviously, but for me, the REI Merino Wool Expedition Socks are the best socks I have found. I have worn them in 125 degree temperatures in Kuwait and the Sahara Desert as well as below 0 degree temperatures in the mountains of Afghanistan. I'm now up to about 5 or 6 pairs of REI Expedition socks and I wear them almost exlusively (except when I find another new type of sock to try out...) The reasons I like these socks so much are: 1. They do not shrink or deform in washers, dryers, or unknown-variants of 3rd world country laundry procedures. The Fox River and Smartwool socks seem to shrink and lose "loft" when subjected to some laundry techniques. Generic Army-issue socks are, of course, worthless after several months even with careful laundering. 2. They wick moisture very well in the heat and keep my feet warm in the cold. Even in very hot temperatures, my feet feel comfortable with these socks. When I air them out at the end of the day, or sometimes in the middle of the day, they dry out in what seems like a very short amount of time. I regularly wear a pair for 3 or 4 days in a row & they remain cushy and odor free. Wigwam socks, for example, seem to retain moisture to a greater extent. 3. Since they are so thick and well made, they seem to be more durable than other comparable pairs of socks. The Thorlo Trekking socks, for example, become loose and lose their stretchy-ness over time. Anything less than a "Expedition" or "Trekking" style sock starts developing thinned out wear-points after several months of hard use (even the REI midweight wool hiking socks). But these seem to last long past the point when others wear out. 4. They are just comfortable. They fit my feet well (I have 11.5 size shoes and weart the Large socks), they provide cushion, they regulate temperature, and are the right amount of soft. Furthermore, they retain these characteristics for a very long time. One side note, though, is that these are very thick socks, so you will want to wear boots that have some wiggle room in them. I buy boots based off of how they fit around my REI Expedition Socks. As you may be able to tell, I take socks very seriously, and I highly recommend this pair. In my opinion, it is the best pair on the market.
    Date published: 2014-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best winter sock ever made I had to review these because the overall score deserves to be higher. :-) The headline says it all. My feet get cold ridiculously easy. My cold feet limit my winter hiking, snow shoeing, etc - anything in temps below freezing. Not anymore... I buy no other sock for winter sports. I listed "bulky" as a con if only to highlight they will not fit in a pair of boots that are close fitting with a thin sock. These socks have some thickness to them (They have to to be so warm). The quality of these socks also deserves mentioning. They are really well made. I wear a pair of these daily in the winter for at least a few hours while outside. One pair is over two years old. There are no signs of wear on any of them.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for. I bought these socks for the price and the "eyeball test" and after reading reviews - i thought i'd give them a try. I won't blame the blisters on them (i'll leave that for my boots) - but after one wear/one wash they lost all form. The socks heel was up behind my calf and the top of the sock was almost to my knee. I always had good luck with synthetic, i suppose i'll go back to those. It's a shame - i like REI and their products, but this one just didn't work for me.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Winter Sock I love these socks. They are the heaviest and WARMEST socks I own. I have other socks that are as heavy, but not as warm. In the winter, I barely last an hour outside for freezing feet. It limits my fun - skiing, snowshoeing, hiking... my feet are frozen in an hour or less, no matter what boots I buy. Enter these socks and Merrell Isotherm Mid Waterproof Winter Boots (also purchased from REI). Not once in winter 2012/2013 did my feet get cold with that combo, even in single digit temperatures and hours outside snowshoeing and hiking. In the winter, I finally get to go in when I am tired - not when my feet get too cold to stay out. One caveat- these socks are thick! They require boots with room for a thick sock to maximize the warmth and comfort, especially warmth- the R factor would be decreased by compression.
    Date published: 2014-03-21

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