The Smartwool Experiment

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

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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 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 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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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.

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December 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm

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