The Smartwool Experiment

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

Sock Tester Spotting: Gregor Sieböck

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Over at Patagonia’s blog The Cleanest Line, they’ve reported ultra-long distance walker Gregor Sieböck‘s experience with a Patagonia sock prototype. (Thanks to @dvdsweeney for the heads up.)

This is truly awesome that the socks have lasted so long, thus they are much better quality than the lightweight hiking socks I have been using so far, which always got at least one big (!!!) hole at the heel of the socks (roughly a square inch of size) after only 1000 kilometers of walking. the ultra lightweight hiking crew socks did not show any holes at all at the heel (actually they still hold very well here as you can see on the next photographs, all taken this morning after 1780 km). Only on top of the toes and on one sock I got two little holes by the ankle (they appeared already after 600 km but did not get bigger and only appeared on one sock).

Read the entire post here.

Gregor and I are different kinds of hardcore, but his mileage data make me wonder… would a pedometer be an interesting addition to the experiment?

In a related note, I’ll soon be interviewing a friend who walked 2,000 miles in the same pair of socks.  He still has the pair (they’re Bridgedale’s) and they will be making a cameo appearance.


Written by Beck Tench

December 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

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  1. Yes a pedometer!!


    December 2, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  2. When you interview me I will have to bring in my 18mo old daughter’s Smartwool socks that she has. You know how kids hate to have socks on right? They’d prefer to go barefoot which means that they don’t wear them that often. Plus, they grow so fast that one pair may only last 6 months.

    Her socks have a hole in the ball of the foot area the size of her hand. I am shocked at how much they have worn out for how little she actually wears them.

    Does Bridgedale make a sock for tots?


    December 4, 2008 at 8:12 am

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