I have had the chance to review some cool gear for Sole Adventure, and while today’s review is probably far from “cool”, it is one of the products that I am most excited about. Today I am reviewing socks.
Yes, socks. Kind of odd, right?
To be honest, I almost passed at the opportunity to do this review. And then I remembered two things. 1) I have seen quite a few guys ask about advice on good socks, and 2) I have been disappointed with some of the “best” socks out there.
Two of my passions are bowhunting and trail running. If you don’t take care of your feet for either of those endeavors, your day is over immediately. (Maybe socks are important after all.)
For a couple of months now I have put Dahlgren’s Light Hiking and Running models through some hard use. And when I say hard, what I mean is extended hikes and backpacking trips, spring hunts, as well as dozens of long runs and races on some of the toughest trails in the area. Stuff like this…
If you don’t see the video above, please watch it here.
There are a lot of good socks out there, but what I have found is that Dahlgren beats the competition for three reasons…
Dahlgren socks feel very cozy as soon as you slip them on your feet. That is nice, but it doesn’t really matter. What I care about is how comfortable a sock is at the end of a long day on the trail. How comfortable is the sock after I have run in the heat, crossed through water, and reached the end of a 16 mile race. (Or a long hunt!)
Dahlgren has “Dri-Stride” technology, which is basically their approach at moisture management. By utilizing different materials at strategic locations throughout the sock, Dahlgren does three things with moisture, where needed: Absorb, Transfer, and Evaporate. I don’t get all the technology, but I will say this – it works.
At the end of the day (literally), Dahlgren are the most comfortable socks that I have worn.
As I mentioned before, I have been disappointed by some of the “best” socks out there. It is very frustrating to drop a good amount of money on a “quality” sock that doesn’t even last one season. I have abused the Dahlgren socks for a few months now and they are showing no signs of wearing out or developing any holes.
One reason for this is that Dahlgren doesn’t just use merino wool, they also incorporate Alpaca, which is both cashmere-soft and incredibly resilient.
Can a sock have integrity? I don’t think so; but a family can.
Dahlgren is family owned company, which began in 1978 when Ray and Diane Dahlgren set out to make the best possible sock for athletes. Roy and Diane’s daughter, Kris Dahlgren, is the current president.
All of the Dahlgren line is produced right here in the USA. They also use 90% postconsumer recycled synthetics.
It is odd to be excited about socks. But I am.
Dahlgren socks are the best socks that I have tried, and they are one of the few products that I have received for review purposes and plan on continuing to purchase and use on my own.
Dahlgren makes for all kinds of activities. Check out their full line at DahlgrenFootwear.com