Merino Escape Crew Anti Blister System
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The perfect outdoor performance sock featuring our famous Double Layer, Anti Blister System construction with the four-season comfort of Merino Wool. Take advantage of all the benefits of wool--soft fabric, quick-dry capabilities, and temperate-regulation--paired with our blister prevention double-layer technology!
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OUR MERINO WOOL SOCK FEATURES
- Merino Wool outer layer provides year-round comfort
- Inner Layer of Recycled Polyester to maximize moisture management
- Stabilizer Zone™ to help lock the sock in place
- Mesh panel for breathability
- Lightly cushioned footbed in the inner layer
- Blister-Free socks - No Blisters, Guaranteed!
BLISTER-FREE MERINO WOOL SOCKS FIBER CONTENT
Inner Layer: 70% Recycled Polyester, 26% Nylon, 4% Lycra®
Outer Layer: 68% Merino Wool, 24% Nylon, 8% Lycra®
ANTI-BLISTER WOOL SOCK SIZING GUIDE
Finding the right fit is essential for blister prevention! You can view our sizing chart below. We invite you to contact us for any additional information or head to our FAQ page to find the answers to common customer questions. As an American-made, family-owned business, we thank you for choosing Wrightsock anti-blister merino wool socks.
I have not yet received these. The tracking information has that they have been on quite a journey, including to London, England. They are apparently back in the United States again but no indication they are on their way to me in Canada.
I started Nordic walking almost a year ago and I try to walk 3-8 miles most days. If you are unfamiliar with Nordic walking, think of it as cross country skiing but without the skis. It is different than just hiking with trekking poles. I average 120-145 miles per month in all conditions. Without extra precautions, I am prone to blisters anytime I walk over 3 miles.
When I used to run 35 miles weekly nearly 2 decades ago I used an anti blister powder that I recently found out contains PFAS as one of the anti friction ingredients. Wanting to be more environmentally cautious and also to limit PFAS exposure in our household, I started looking for other anti blister solutions. I thought I had tried Wrightsocks back when I was running, with limited success, so at first I ignored them.
When blisters started becoming an issue with increased walking mileage, I tried taping, which worked ok, but was time consuming, expensive, and seemed to create a lot of waste.
Next I used ArmaSkin liner socks (out of Australia). They are difficult to put on but they work great…for 75-100 miles before failing (developing holes). After the same thing happened with 3 pair even after contacting them for tips and taking extreme care, I started looking for a different solution.
That brought me back to Wrightsocks right when temps started getting in the teens in the upper Midwest with windchills below zero. I ordered 3 different styles but have only used the merino wool Escape socks so far for the extra warm. So far my feet have remained warm on 8 mile walks in 11 degrees (F) wearing Keen uninsulated waterproof hiking shoes, Oregon Research gaiters, and Korkers heavy duty Casttrax cleats for traction on ice and snow.
I also have been using an Airtrim Heat Exchange mask (modified with a stick on inner foam nose bridge to prevent glasses fogging) when temps get into the teens and below. This does help keep your body warmer because you are not breathing extremely cold/dry air.
Over 10 days of walking, I have walked 51 miles with no blisters and warm feet. The Merino Escape are much easier to put on than ArmaSkin liner socks and keep my feet warmer. All 51 miles were walked with the added friction of the Korkers cleats over the Keen shoes and OR gaiters. The Casttrax are very heavy duty cleats and caused extra irritation on my feet last spring when I first started using them while still taping for blisters. I have also started using a homemade foam pad under the top cleat straps (between the top of the shoe and the straps) for more comfort and added heat retention.
So far I am extremely pleased with the Merino Escape Crew socks. The one unanswered question, like with the Armaskin socks, is with durability. I am not familiar with Wrightsocks review system, so I am not sure if I can edit this review in the future once average durability (for me) is known. After 10 days, there is some very light pilling on the heels but otherwise they look and feel like new. Also, I am glad to provide this review, but it was solicited by Wrightsocks system via email 14 days after order fulfillment (for full disclosure).
If the two initial pair of Merino Wool Escape Crew socks end up lasting at least 3 months, I will continue to rate them 5 stars. If they end up lasting 2-3 months I would remove a star. If they last less than 2 months I would remove two stars but would still prefer them to the ArmaSocks in winter for ease of use and winter warmth.
So, after 10 days, a strong 5 stars.
I bought a pair of Wrightsocks when I got a new pair of boots. My first hike was a long, difficult trek up Wheeler Peak in New Mexico. The socks were superb. I did not get a blister, they were warm in the morning when it was cold but weren't hot when it got warm in the afternoon. I've used one pair since 2019, I've hiked and backpacked in them all over the western US and they're just as good as the first time I wore them. I highly, highly recommend these socks.
Really good socks
I’ve worn these socks for regular use and they feel great. I’m looking forward to wearing them on a long hike.