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Verified Buyer Reviewed by 2UfromMI from Michigan on Monday, December 1, 2014
I will just start by saying that I love SmartWool socks in general. They are warmer, last longer, and stay up better than Icebreakers, Thorlos, or any other technical socks out there. We have used them for 10 years on every member of the family and for many different sports. I also use the compression socks for traveling by car and airplane, as well as for recovery from soreness in my calves due to over use in skiing, biking, training, etc. One thing I feel very strongly about is that you must size up at least one size with all SmartWool socks to counteract the shrinking that happens with the first wash. After that the product is actually a little thicker so it is warmer and lasts longer due to the increased density but still retains a good amount of stretch. I you do not size up I feel that the socks are overstretched on the heels and toes and wear out faster. Also we are all tall in this family so socks that can go up to the knees and stay there in the Polar Vortex Midwest is a plus. I wash these in the machine on warm with regular detergent and dry them in the dryer on a regular setting and they look like new for several seasons. They stay odor free and do not itch. I have a 13" calf, long shins, and a large fit my women's size 9 foot very well. A friend got me a gift of a size medium in these, which would be my correct size, and they were way too tight. Size up and you will be very happy. These were marked irregular but the only thing that was irregular was the smallish sizing. Great socks!
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