|Rating:||8.8 / 10|
|Warmth||1.6 / 2|
|Comfort||1.8 / 2|
|Durability||1.8 / 2|
|Breathability||1.8 / 2|
|Value for Money||1.8 / 2|
My first opportunity to wear the Wilderness Wear Multi Sport socks was in the original version. I skipped version 2.0 which is still available in limited numbers. Half way through this year I managed to get my hands on the current 3.0 version and I now find this has become my go to sock.
I never to do things by half so my first real test of the Wilderness Wear Multi Sport 3.0 sock was in the lead up to the Hume and Hovell Track which I managed to complete around 316 km of in September of this year. I have now been wearing these socks for around four months and they have covered around 1000 km.
I’m a big fan of Merino socks and while most brands these days, including Wilderness Wear, include small quantities of Nylon and Lycra to ensure that they keep a firm grip on your feet, the 80% Merino base is what keeps me happy; I just find that they are more comfortable. The Wilderness Wear Multi Sport Socks are made from 80% Australian wool from sheep bred in Tasmania with a focus on quality and sustainability, and avoiding chemical pollutants during the fibre treatment process.
Durability-wise these socks perform well and even after around 1000 km in my main pair they still look in very good condition and have shown no signs of tearing or developing holes. The socks are designed to provide a medium cushioning under the foot but on the top they are relatively light which minimises sweating and with that the formation of blisters. These socks are on the shorter side being a ¼ length and from a personal perspective I find that to be the sweet spot. The only time I like a long sock is in snow conditions.
Colour-wise the biggest change with these socks is that the patterning is now a bit more complex. For some strange reason there is a now a lime green option which I have tried in the ‘Extreme’ version of this sock that we will review separately. Lime green doesn’t stand up very well to muddy soggy conditions, they just gets too dirty too easily. The black stripe and charcoal stripe are a much better option for hiking and that’s coming from someone who likes lairy colours. These socks also come in women’s versions with the only real difference being that they skip the size 12-15 and also add a pink version.
Size-wise these socks are fairly accurate and the size 12-15 suits me well as someone who usually wears size 15 footwear while hiking.
While these socks are sold as ‘Multi Wear’ I find they are an ideal hiking sock. I also like the price point on these socks at under $30AUD, which for a high quality Australian made, Australian wool sock, is pretty good. Coming from an Australian manufacturer also means they are easy to source.
This sock ticks all the boxes for hiking from my perspective and the version 3.0 has become my sock of choice for 2019.
Wilderness Wear Multi Sport Sock 3.0
Wilderness Wear Multi Sport Socks on as viewed from the front. These socks are are ¼ length which is my personal preference
Wilderness Wear Multi Sport 3.0 sock side view
The Wilderness Wear Merino Multi Sport 3.0 Sock has now been replaced with the Multi Sport 4.0 Sock
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$28.95 AUD RRP
This review was done with product provided by Wilderness Wear