Having had just returned from a 5 day (for me – 3.5 days for participants) long training excursion on Essential Skills, it’s appropriate to talk about a product I’ve gotten nothing but superior performance from: The Vermont “Darn Tough” 1501, Berry Compliant, USMC Coyote Brown Mid-Calf Cushioned Boot Sock.
Here’s the description from the web site:
The Darn Tough 1501 Tactical Boot Sock was developed with MARCORSYSCOM to provide the Marines with an all season, versatile boot sock. Key features include slightly taller than mid-calf height, resilient terry loop cushioning surrounding calf and foot bottom, mesh knitting on top of foot for enhanced breathability, an elastic support at thearch and reinforced heel and toe for increased durability. Made in the USA. Berry compliant.
- Versatile boot sock for all-season use
- Developed in association with the Marine Corps Systems Command
- Just over mid-calf height
- Reinforced heel and toe
- Arch support elastic for a fromction-frome fit
- Made in the USA
- Darn Tough number: 1501
- Berry amendment compliant
- All-weather performance naturally regulates body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter
- Naturally anti-microbial
- Reduces odor and can be worn comfortably several days in a row without washing
- Will keep you warm even when wet
- Extreme wicking power
- Fast drying Darn Tough knits with Merino wool from the softest and most durable category of wools
- Merino yarn is naturally flame resistant
- Merino wool will not melt or drip
- Merino wool self extinguishes when it comes in contact with flame
I’ve been using three pair for about a year now, and have used them every single time I’m in the field for everything including extreme cold weather training if I’m going to be moving with snow shoes. All three pair are still as good as new, and they’re very comfortable, especially because of the arch support built in.
In getting ready for the class we did from 15 through 18 May, I cumulatively walked 50 miles with a 70 pound ruck over city streets, grass, dirt roads, asphalt and any other surface on my path. The socks are basically bomb proof and do a fantasic job wicking moisture away from the foot. Any issue my feet had could be directly related to my boots rather than the socks.
Because of the wicking and anti-microbial properties, switching the socks out and letting them dry to wear again is like having 9 pairs with you because you can wear them several days in a row each. Personally, I switch them out, so I’m wearing a clean pair daily. They perform so well in the field, I just bought another 3 pair. Worth. The. Money.
As with anything else, you get what you pay for. The best price I’ve found is on eBay, and that was $17.50 a pair, not including a nominal shipping fee. Typically, you’ll find them for about $22 or so. That’s a bit for socks.
But then again, what good are you if your feet aren’t well cared for?
DTG gives Vermont 1501’s a very enthusiastic ‘5 Star’ rating.