Question: I do tons of snowshoeing and, at times, my feet have gotten cold. I’ve upgraded my boots, but they still get cold. I’ve been looking into different brands of wool socks and think that’s the way to go, but socks are so weird to buy. Some of them are very expensive and others are too thin and are just strange. I think they’re from China or something. I can’t seem to figure it out. So if you have any advice, I’d appreciate it. Also, I’m interested in doing some cold weather camping and after reading a few blog posts, I’m even more determined to get some of these socks. I don’t want my feet to freeze off.
Answer: You’re totally on the right track. I think about this stuff all the time. I actually bought some wool socks for myself and my lady last Christmas from Amazon.com and while hers were fairly thick, you can almost see through mine. They’re still warm, but lesson learned. Shopping online can be tricky.
When I went winter camping, I brought a few pairs of those really thick gray socks that everyone has. You know the type. Some of them have the red band around the tops and some have the green. I’m not sure if they’re hunting or hiking socks or what, but I do know that they’ve been around forever. They were okay and the did the job, but I would have been confident with higher quality gear.
After all these years of looking at socks, I’ve definitely settled on wool. It’s the only way to go. Wool rocks. And after looking at wool, I think I’ve settled on Red Head Brand at Cabela’s. You should visit their web page. Right now, they’re $11.99 per pair and I think they’re made in North Carolina, if memory serves. From what I’ve learned, this is a very good brand and these socks are even guaranteed for life. If they wear out, you can return them for a new pair. That’s pretty good. What’s most important though is the thickness of the wool and I think these socks are plenty thick. I’ve seen a video of them being made and I could tell that they’re high quality. I hope this helps.
By the way, here is a video for you:
For the life of me, I can’t find the video from the factory where the socks were being made. If I do locate it, I’ll post it here.