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Wigwam Weather Shield Sock

Wigwam’s Weather Shield socks performed perfectly a few weeks ago while I was snowshoeing in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. I was there with my dad and our cameras, and we photographed our way to Emerald Lake at 11,000 feet. My feet were warm and dry the whole way, which says a lot because I wasn’t wearing gaiters and snow was spilling into my boots all day.

That means the socks get high marks for moisture wicking, which makes sense given their construction. The upper 8” of the crew are made of mostly merino wool, the wonder material known for its ability to remove sweat and (in my case) snowmelt.

But that’s not all. The Weather Shield sock acted almost like a heater during our photo excursion. I noticed that whenever we stopped, my feet stayed warm. Part of the reason is they never got wet in the first place because the socks move moisture so well, but part of the reason is that the foot area of the socks are made of a material called Outlast, a synthetic that somehow absorbs heat and later on release it. It’s a little like how passive solar homes absorb the sun light during the day, and then release the heat at night to reduce furnace use.

Our photography excursions are truly start-stop, and every time we would stop, I noticed my feet didn’t freeze solid as I stood knee deep in powder. I truly believe the Weather Shield was working as advertised – as my feet cooled, the socks started releasing their stored heat.

I’ll certainly be using the Weather Shields more and more during the winter. It’s a good middle-weight sock, so it fits perfectly under day hikers. I liked the lay flat seams in the toe and the tons of added padding under the forefoot and heel.
           
Wigwam’s Weather Shield sock is a unisex model that will fit women (size 6 to 13) and men (size 5 to 15). It’s available in black, grey and blue.

Bottom Line: Quality all-purpose outdoor sock that comes into its own during stop-and-go sports in the winter. (N.W., April 11).

BUY ONLINE: $12

Manufacturer's Site: www.wigwam.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.