|Rating:||8.5 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.8 / 2|
|Comfort||1.8 / 2|
|Warmth||1.5 / 2|
|Durability||1.6 / 2|
|Breathability||1.8 / 2|
Each of us has very unique tastes when it comes to gear we purchase but without a doubt socks, specifically hiking socks, can be really hard to pin down with so many different options from which to choose.
Over the past couple of years I have tried a number of different brands and models. Due to my own specific requirements I have found there are only a handful that suit. I have worked outside for the majority of my life and have a reasonably high tolerance to cold so unless I’m hiking is snow, I prefer my socks to be on the lighter side to minimise heat build up. I also want a sock that has a reasonable degree of padding on the sole of the foot.
Over the past year I have had the opportunity to try a number of different socks from the Wilderness Wear Range including the 10K eXtreme Sock which surprised me because it essentially a running sock. Having said that, running socks are designed to cope with extreme impact so the cushioning on this model is excellent, probably the best I have come across in a lightweight sock. The cushioning is also slightly heavier in the heal and toe area where much of the impact is concentrated.
I usually find that a sock that has this much cushioning under the sole of the foot also has too much material on top of the sock and as a result is too warm, at least for me. Not so in this case. The material on the upper portion of the foot is just right, at least from my perspective, being reasonably lightweight.
This sock is mainly Merino based (80%) which feels comfortable, wears well and keeps you at reasonable temperature. These socks also have just enough artificial fibre ensuring they fit snuggly around your feet and absorb the moisture often associated with exercise.
The one negative for me in this sock is the leg height. They are a running sock and in that capacity the height over the ankle is ideal but when hiking I like having a bit of protection up my leg. As such I prefer a quarter length sock which is shorter than the length preferred by other hikers.
The Wilderness Wear 10K eXtreme Sock come in three sizes and four colours. They are a well made, snug fitting and comfortable sock. Like many of the other Wilderness Wear socks they also contain stretch sections that keep the socks in place, even when wet. As running socks go, these socks are excellent. As a hiking sock these socks meet all my needs with the exception of the sock length and based solely on that, I still prefer the Wilderness Wear Multi Sport socks. If however the low leg length isn’t an issue for you, I definitely encourage to give the 10K eXtreme a try.
You can purchase the Wilderness Wear 10K eXtreme Sock from Wilderness Wear
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AUD $45.00 RRP
Wilderness Wear produces a wide range of socks and garments for hiking and other outdoor activities. So while you are checking these socks out have a look at the wide range on offer
Wilderness Wear 10K eXtreme socks Black/Lime colour
Mens Merino 10K eXtreme Socks natural colour
Mens Merino 10K eXtreme Socks thundercloud colour
Wilderness Wear 10K eXtreme socks bottom view. The cushioning underfoot on these socks is some of the best that I have come across in a lightweight sock
Wilderness Wear 10K eXtreme socks on. The lighter coloured material on top of the sock is relatively lightweight
Wilderness Wear 10K eXtreme sock showing close up of the ankle. Great height for running but I prefer a longer length sock for hiking
This review was done with product provided by Wilderness Wear