The Smartwool Experiment

Charting the wear and tear on four pairs of Smartwool socks.

Archive for December 2008

Episode 8: Mystery Package

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Today there was a special delivery at the Treehaus: a small, but sort of heavy cardboard box filled with goodies from Darn Tough.

The socks I received are the In-Country Series seen here. Depending on which size fits me, I’ll have a giveaway for the other two pair at some point in the near future.  And if you want a Darn Tough sticker I have plenty, so email me at smartwoolexperiment@gmail.com with your mailing addy and I’ll send one out.

I’ve never worn Darn Tough socks before and am very excited to see how tough they really are and especially if they are as comfortable as Smartwools.  More soon.

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December 29, 2008 at 10:03 pm

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Fan Mail

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Fan Mail

Fan Mail

I discovered this postcard in my mailbox at work this morning.  Awesome.

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December 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm

No discount, no Smartwools.

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Screengrab from my FlickrMail

A screengrab from my FlickrMail.

Today’s installment of Readers Write In is from Lindsey (a.k.a. zinco ninco) who wrote to me about her Smartwool experience after I cross-posted my video of The Smartwool Song on Flickr.

When I first got hooked on Smartwool’s, I worked for an outdoor gear store and got an employee discount on them. I loved them enough to recommended them to every customer who walked in our doors. After I discovered how fast they wore out, I was still able to personally justify the price because of my employee discount. But when I stopped working there, I also stopped buying Smartwools. I expect to pay good money for good products, dammit!

I can’t even imagine how many Smartwools I’d have in my drawer if I’d at anytime received more than a 20% off coupon on them.  Thanks for sharing your story with me/us Lindsey (and thanks again for StumblingUpon the site earlier this week)!

Calling all Smartwool Sock Wearers
If you have a Smartwool success or failure story to share (pictures or videos are most welcome, but not necessary), leave a comment below or send me a note at smartwoolexperiment@gmail.com and I’ll follow up with you so that we can feature it on the blog.

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December 10, 2008 at 9:42 am

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Episode 7: Go Hike

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Today’s installment of Readers Write In is a story from my co-worker Brad.  I tweeted before about how he hiked the Appalachian Trail wearing only one pair of socks everyday for 214 days (and over 2,000 miles). I asked Brad if he wouldn’t mind bringing in his socks to do a short interview and he agreed.

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Brad and I discuss the holes in both his Bridgedale socks and the Smartwools he bought for his daughter.

Calling all Smartwool Sock Wearers
If you have a Smartwool success or failure story to share (pictures or videos are most welcome, but not necessary), leave a comment below or send me a note at smartwoolexperiment@gmail.com and I’ll follow up with you so that we can feature it on the blog.

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December 9, 2008 at 8:00 am

Stewart’s Socks After One Season

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Reader Stewart sends in a shot of his threadbare Smartwools.

Reader Stewart sends in a shot of his Smartwools, threadbare on the ball of his foot after one season (~3 months).

As I said last week over @sockexperiment, I’ve been having a lot of conversations about socks lately. As such, I’ve decided to start a new category on the blog called Readers Write In where I’ll share those stories and conversations.

Today’s story comes from Stewart, my co-worker’s Leiana’s fiance.  He’s experienced Smartwool wear on the ball of his foot, as seen in the picture above.  Stewart only wears these socks in the winter, so at this level of wear, they’ve been worn one season (or ~3 months).  Thank you Stewart and Leiana for taking such a great picture and sharing your experience.

Calling all Smartwool Sock Wearers
If you have a Smartwool success or failure story to share (pictures or videos are most welcome, but not necessary), leave a comment below or send me a note at smartwoolexperiment@gmail.com and I’ll follow up with you so that we can feature it on the blog.

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December 8, 2008 at 11:50 am

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Episode 6: My Assistant

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A short Sunday afternoon snippet of how my assistant, Juice, helps with the handwashing process of my Smartwools.

The Music Box Waltz of Flowers music in is CC Dan Oberbauer.  You can download it here.

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December 7, 2008 at 1:39 pm

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November Shoe/Sock Data

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November Sock/Shoe Data

The above image links to a Many Eyes data visualization of what sock I wore on what day throughout the month of November (2008).

Each circle is a shoe, the size of the circle corresponds to the number of times I wore that shoe.  The pie slices represent socks (and they are colored accordingly).  The larger the pie slice, the more times I wore that shoe with that sock (e.g. I wore green socks with Fluevogs more than I wore them with Keens).  Click on the chart or right here to play with the data yourself.

Some of my observations:

  • I wore my four pairs of Smartwools 17 times in one month.
  • I wear my Keens (11) almost twice as much as a wear my Fluevogs (6).
  • I wear the brown and blue socks the most (5 ea.) and the green socks the least (3).
  • I am more likely to wear green socks with red Fluevogs and therefore question my fashion sense.
  • For the first couple weeks I was wearing in the pattern: blue, green, brown, black.
  • Of the two socks I wear the most so far, one is Machine Wash/Dry (blue) and one is Hand Wash/Dry (brown). What is more harmful to a sock: machine washing or machine drying? Does anyone know?

Please play around and share your own!  And here is the wash/dry chart for reference:

Here is the sock wash chart, for reference.

Here is the sock wash/dry chart.

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December 3, 2008 at 9:30 am