Disappointed and had to return

Reviewed by James the hiker from Colorado on Friday, April 26, 2013
Maybe I was unlucky and maybe these socks (labeled as hiking mid-weight crew) did have serious defects as they were sold as "2nds", I was disappointed overall. I ordered 2 pairs which was surprisingly quickly arrived. Upon examination I felt they were a littler thin as compared with the regulars bought from local store, and little too bulky as well. Nonetheless I put one pair on for a 5-hour hiking about 13 miles, on dirt but mostly flat trails, in my trusted and tested hiking boots. I did not get enough cushion support I expected from Smartwool and, at the end of the hike, my feet already felt hot and friction- even found a small blister! After this one-time use the socks were already appeared worn and deformed, with pulled fabrics. Overall they did not even perform on the par with merino wool socks I bought from Costco for $3 a pair. I loved the price on this site but was thoroughly disappointed by their performance. I already returned them - almost $12 for shipping both ways, a costly mistake indeed. I read mostly positive reviews here so maybe I am the unlucky one who caught an inferior batch, or most the reviewers just wear these for daily routines, not serious hike. By the way, the regulars at the local sports store has these socks under model number SW 130. These "2nds" have label "SW09 130" which was covered then by another number SW 380... - which you could not find on SmartWool official site. The packaging is also different.
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