Are you thinking about buying some more pairs of cold weather hunting socks in the coming weeks? If so, you may want to check out my list of the top five qualities to look for when buying hunting socks. Here it is:
Based on my cold weather experience, the first quality that hunters should look for in a pair of socks is a moisture-wicking, breathable, quick drying fabric. Those features are important because they help to keep perspiration away from a hunter’s skin. Thus, the hunter’s feet are more apt to stay dry and warm. Fabrics with antimicrobial treatments are also beneficial when it comes to combating odor and athletes feet. Types of fabrics and brands that hunters may want to consider purchasing are CoolMax, merino wool, Scent-Lok and acrylic.
The second quality that cold weather hunters should look for in a pair of hunting socks is quality stitching. Stitching is important for two reasons. First, a poorly stitched sock is likely to fall apart faster than a well-stitched one. Second, an inferior or ill-placed stitch can also rub against a hunter’s foot and cause blisters over time. Therefore, I would suggest that hunters consider purchasing hunting socks that are double-stitched. One brand of double-stitched hunting socks to consider is RedHead. I like RedHead socks because they are well constructed and come with a lifetime guarantee.
The third quality that a hunter should look for in a pair of cold weather hunting socks is insulation. The amount of insulation that a hunter needs will undoubtedly be predicated on where his or her hunting grounds are located. With that said, there are companies that manufacture socks and hunting boots with varying degrees of insulation. 3M is one of them. In my opinion, products made with 3M Thinsulate tend to work fairly well. In general, the higher amount of grams per square meter of insulation, the warmer the hunting socks or hunting boots will be. I should also mention that there are other companies that manufacture insulated, waterproof, hunting socks made from neoprene. They also tend to work well in wet environments.
The fourth quality that a hunter should look for in a pair of hunting socks is padding. A sock’s padding is important because it can add to a hunter’s comfort level as well as reduce the chances of blister formation on high pressure areas. As such, I would recommend that cold weather hunters consider purchasing socks that have padding in all the high pressure areas including the heel.
The fifth quality that a cold weather hunter should look for in a pair of hunting socks is a comfortable fit. In my experience, socks should hug your heels, toes and arches without feeling too restrictive. They should also work well with the hunter’s boots. Therefore, I would suggest that hunters consider wearing cold weather hunting socks when they go shopping for new hunting boots. That way, there is a better chance that the thickness of the socks will mesh well with the thickness of the hunting boots’ insulation.
Source: Personal Experience
Killeen Gonzalez has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She frequently enjoys the great outdoors with her family.
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