When a company puts a promise on their packaging, it’s easy to overlook it these days. Last week a promise caught my eye on a pair of socks…
Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee
If you can wear these socks out, we’ll replace them. Free of charge. No questions asked. For life.
Don’t get me wrong, I could have easily overlooked this promise fairly easily as well. I mean, who stands by a pair of socks no matter how long you have them, no matter how often you wear them?
Well, they were on my feet very soon thereafter as I got the chance to test them out. I continued reading about the socks made by the Darn Tough Vermont company, they make some pretty strong claims to their socks which are made of merino wool. I wasn’t an expert on merino wool until I started digging into what I assumed was an itchy fiber that grandparent’s sweaters were made of. As I learned the benefits of merino wool, I discovered that it’s got some incredible qualities:
- Moisture Wicking
- Smell Free
While there are many companies that make socks out of merino wool, Darn Tough Vermont does seem to have their act together. They’ve been in business for 30+ years according to their website. They use a tighter needle count in their knitting machine resulting in one of the tightest knit used in the industry.
While the description could go on, I should get out and give these socks a good testing. As of today, I’ve worn these socks for 5 of the past 6 days I’ve owned them. I washed them once. Don’t judge me, they just never smelled bad…but I figured I’d throw them in with the rest of my laundry!
Test Started on October 31, 2012
1 Month Update: November 30, 2012
After 1 month of use, I admit that I’ve had 2 people ask if I ever change out my socks. The answer is “of course I do”…which may or may not be the truth, but so far I’d say these socks are on my feet more than they aren’t. They’re extremely comfortable still today, even with no built in cushioning as they’re made more to be a “dressy” sock.
How much use have they seen? 20 days. Yep, that’s right, this single pair of socks have been used for 20 days of the past month. Typically I’m using them in my beloved Olu’kai Moloa Shoes, a great pair of all leather shoes. I figured this would be a great way to test the scent claim that most Merino Wool products claim seeing that they’re all leather…and yes, they’ve held up true to their word! I went 5 days (don’t judge me!) between washing them for the longest term portion of the test, and after 5 days they still smelled the same as they did when new. While this wasn’t a scientific scent test by any means, I’m not the type of person that you’d typically want to smell 5 day old used socks from typically!
How well did they hold up? Even after 20 days of use, there is minimal pilling happening. You may notice in the photo that it’s mainly happening where pants would rub the socks directly above the ankle to the top of the socks. I’ve tried following the care instructions closely, washing them on the gentle cycle, cool water, and allowing them to air dry (though Darn Tough Vermont says you can tumble dry on low too). It’s possible that tumble drying them on low would help remove the pilling, though after a poor experience with wool in a dryer I’m reluctant to try!
All said and done, the socks are holding up very well, currently holding steady at a 8/10 star rating…without the pilling they’d be hard pressed to not be a 10/10. I’ll be in contact with Darn Tough Vermont to see if the pilling is normal or if it’s possibly something caused by incorrect care.
2 Month Update: After 2 months of use, the Argyle Light Crew socks are continuing to hold up very well, no additional piling has been noticed. This may in part be because they’ve only been washed using Woolite detergent in cool to cold water, and always being air dried. It seemingly doesn’t matter if you ever wash them though, as they never have any foul scents, and always keep my feet feeling clean and warm-ish!
I’ll post another update in 2 months…unless something unexpected happens and I need to report back before then! Stay Tuned!
Product Being Tested:
Darn Tough Vermont Socks – Argyle Crew Light (Model 1605)
- 62% Merino Wool
- 35% Nylon
- 3% Lycra® Spandex
Purchase from Amazon: Darn Tough Merino Wool Argyle Crew Light Sock