What’s the difference between a successful venture outdoors, and a failed one? A lot of times, it comes down to knowledge. A size-able chunk of that knowledge involves investing in the right products. I have learned that lesson the hard way, and there is no understated way to emphasize how important it is to choose wisely! That is why I am always on the search to not only improve my knowledge of things that make me a better active traveler, but to improve my knowledge of what products will help me achieve successful outdoor ventures. As an active traveler who runs, hikes, cycles, and mountaineers, one of the most important products for me is a reliable pair of socks. So what makes a pair of socks reliable? First, how do they respond to nature. Second, how do they help me become better at what I do. Here’s my answer when it comes to my experience with Wildly Good Socks.
Disclosure: The following Wildly Good Socks Review is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100 percent my own.
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The Story Behind Wildly Good Socks
Wildly Good Socks is a small family run business, started by Christian Collard, a Massachusetts native and outdoor enthusiast. The mission behind Wildly Good Socks was to provide a “go to” sock that you can use around the house, to work, and on your most grueling adventures all at once, thereby eliminating the need to have ten different pairs of socks for ten different purposes! And in supporting us outdoor enthusiasts, they also help to support the environment and local charities with their products.
Before I delve into my own experience with Wildly Good Socks, let me share a couple of things about me and the specifics of what is important to me in a good pair of socks:
I am an avid active traveler, and I tend to fill every spare minute of my time taking on new challenges that present themselves in the outdoor arena, such as trail running, road running, backpacking, cycling, mountaineering, and hiking. As you can see, pretty much everything I do is with my own two feet, so I rely heavily on the trust I place in my pair of socks. Here’s what I always look for and value over everything else:
Nothing is more dangerous than a pair of socks that does not adequately manage moisture by maintaining breath-ability and moisture wicking capacities when put to the test.
If I can spend a day (or more) trekking in a pair of socks, and not have them smell atrocious afterwards, that is a bonus!
When I cringe thinking about failed outdoor ventures, I’m thinking about blisters. Nothing can bring a hike or run to a halt faster than a blister developing. It is an absolute must that any pair of socks that I use prevent blisters (by managing moisture and being comfortable).
“Stay Put” Ability
One of my personal pet peeves is socks that don’t stay put. I am moving too fast to have to stop frequently to adjust or pull up a pair of slacking socks.
My Tested Product
I tested the Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks in Treeline Green.
The “Deets” on Lightweight Merino Wool Socks
To quote Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec, I’m going to give you the “deets”, or the details, on the product I tested, the Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks in Treeline Green.
- 86% Merino Wool
- 10% Polyester
- 3% Nylon
- 1% Spandex
- Breathable with built in arch support
- Reinforced heel and toe
- “No feel” seams
- Calf cut length that sits halfway up the calf
- Sizes – Small/Medium and Medium/Large
- $14.00 USD (free shipping when you order $29 or more)
Read on for my honest review of Wildly Good Socks, and if you like what you see, be sure to shop the store!
How I Tested
Let me start by saying, I did not go easy on these socks. I wore them in a variety of settings, including:
- Multiple long distance trail runs
- Muddy hikes
- Rocky and sand swept canyon climbs
- To work (I’m a teacher, so I spent all day on my feet in them, which is a test of endurance in itself)
What I Loved
The simple answer to this is: a lot! Here are some of the highlights:
These socks are very comfortable, and the merino wool is heavenly on the feet! I also really liked the lightweight feel. There are some really thick socks out there on the market, and the lightweight-ness of these made them feel less clunky to wear.
I have to say I felt moisture was very effectively managed, and these socks were very breathable. I did not get any dreaded clamminess during my uses. I had ZERO issues with blisters, and that is even after I went hiking in some very muddy, rain logged environments. These socks were tougher than the elements I threw at them.
I’ll admit, I wore these socks back to back on several occasions. And the great news is, you can too, and they won’t stink! I think that is a solid bonus for anyone (unless you just like doing loads of laundry for fun).
As I mentioned before, one of my biggest pet peeves is having to stop and adjust things mid hike or mid run. I don’t have time for that! After hours in these socks, I never once had to stop and pull them up, they stayed exactly where they were meant to be at all times, even when trail running!
Cute Sock Appeal
I like that these socks somehow have a bit of a throwback feel and look for me personally. I really enjoy the color band at the top!
Happy Feet Guarantee
The Happy Feet Guarantee is a 12 month warranty that says if for some reason your socks tear within the first year, Wildly Good will be happy to replace them. Also, if you don’t like the socks or they don’t fit, they’ll exchange them or give you a full refund.
What Could Improve
Not much, I’m a fan! I wouldn’t be against adding more color combos of these socks!
The Final Word on Wildly Good Socks
Overall, I was very satisfied with my experience using Wildly Good Socks, and am excited for them to become a permanent part of my active travel inventory. I will definitely be wearing them for upcoming trail runs, hikes, and climbs that I have coming up this year. They will make for a great staple item, as I can count on them to hold up for repeat uses if I need them, and I know they won’t start to smell immediately! This is a great bonus, especially when planning for things like backpacking trips, when it is important to pack intentionally and not have to bring multiple products to accomplish one purpose.
Be sure to give Wildly Good Socks a go if you are in the market for a new pair of socks, ones that have been tested and proven, and as a bonus you get to enjoy the feeling that comes from supporting a small business and fellow enthusiasts!
To learn more about Wildly Good, check out their website!