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    Bilt socks

    I found 3 pair of Bilt over the calf socks I had misplaced. Wore them on 2 rides this week. Very comfortable. Not as tight on the calf as others, but very comfy.
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    I've been using this manufacturer http://www.drymaxsocks.com/ with different types for different seasons.
    Right now using the vented tennis for the summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Merino wool, year round, the only thing I've been using for many years. No, they aren't hot in the summer.
    Agree! Merino wool for socks and tee shirts. They keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They wash and dry quickly. Smartwool is the big name brand, but there a lot of other manufactures also.

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    Geeze. Guess I'm not with it. I just use white athletic socks from Costco in my boots. Never had a problem. When I'm traveling for a week or more I take old ones and throw 'em out as I sue 'em. Need more? I visit Costco, Walmart, or whatever else is on the way.

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    I use BMW All Around boots for cooler riding, including winter. Sox are either TechSox or silver treated military type cotton-both durable and stink resistant.

    But when it gets hot and humid as for our NC summers I switch to a fabric/GoreTex boot which is cooler (though the GoreTex makes it a bit hotter than it would be otherwise) and the very thinnest socks I can put underneath- as long as they're not cotton. Can be nylon, silk or whatever.
    In high humidity and temp your body can't drive enough heat and moisture through the boot(no gradient) so it needs to be as easy as possible for heat and moisture to escape. That makes any thick sock a big no no- no matter what is claimed for its wicking properties, etc.

    Note that correct gear choices are climate/location dependent- you've got to match them to the conditions. For example, summer in AZ is also plenty hot, in fact hotter than where I live- but its also very dry so moisture gradients are always present and it is far easier to remove moisture and cool things in the process (by evap) than in humid NC. This explains a lot of the differences in gear choices between the SW and SE parts of the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Merino wool, year round, the only thing I've been using for many years. No, they aren't hot in the summer.
    Ditto on the Merino wool. I use it as my liners for tops and bottoms as well. Soft, no itch, machine washable, not stinky like poly pro, and durable.

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    I wear thin polypropylene socks from my local outfitter, Mountain Equipment Co-op.
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    I wear Alpinestar Web Gortex boots & my feet never sweat. I buy my socks at Walmart. I buy 10 pair of Starter Mens Crew socks for about $8. They are cotton & the 10 pair last about a year.
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    Tried cotton, Nike Dryfit, Klim, SOX, and a couple of others I can't remember so far. I am now using the Men's Brilliant Hike Light Crew Merino wool Socks by Smartwool. Very comfortable, do not smell, are very wicking, and appear to be well made. I use them inside a pair of SIDI Adventure Gortex boots and a pair of SIDI Fusion Air boots. They are cool in the summer and warm when the temps get colder. I think my quest for a good all around sock has ended.
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    Smart wool since 1997

    Been wearing smart wool socks with boots since if came across them in a hiking store in Clarksville TN prior to my Bosnia deployment. I have tried every sock on this thread minus the coconut socks mentioned; smart wool is the best. The lair I'm wearing right now in my riding boots were purchased about 10 years ago still going strong, no holes, no thinning, no rips. The gaggle of smart wool socks before this bunch lasted a little over 10 years also, making them the cheapest, highest quality socks I've ever owned. As an aviator I have to wear cotton, wool or nomex undergarments, as I ride to the flight line added benifit. I've done multipe 12 mile road marches (ruck runs) in these socks, again held up well, no blistering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glwestcott View Post
    Geeze. Guess I'm not with it. I just use white athletic socks from Costco in my boots. Never had a problem. When I'm traveling for a week or more I take old ones and throw 'em out as I sue 'em. Need more? I visit Costco, Walmart, or whatever else is on the way.
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