I’m always on the search for quality socks and I’m notoriously hard on them. I’m not sure why, but it is. Typically, my socks end up tearing around the top where I find myself pulling them up. This ends up being a common failure point for me. I’m always on the search for quality socks. I’ve recently come across Wildy Good socks and have been putting a pair of their lightweight Merino Wool socks to the test. Let’s see how they did.
Why Merino Wool?
I’m a big fan of Merino wool socks and I think you should be too. The superfine fibers of Merino wool allow manufacturers to more easily make blends, which add to some of the technical features we’ve all come to love.
One of the best features of Merino wool is how it helps regulate your body (feet) temperature. It is breathable allowing your feet to cool when you are heating up while also being able to store your body heat when the temperature dips.
These fine fibers also make the wool extremely soft to touch. They have a great feel which translates to better comfort as the day wears on. If you find other sock materials to be uncomfortable or if they irritate you, Merino wool is a great option.
When wool socks started becoming more popular years ago due to the marketing efforts by certain brands, I jumped on the bandwagon only to be disappointed. The wools socks at that time were heavy, thick, bulky, and uncomfortable. The great thing about Merino wool is that it lighter weight than other types of wool. This makes it ideal for daily use.
There are many more benefits to Merino wool, but the ones above are the most beneficial to me.
Okay, let’s get into my review of the Wildly Good Treeline Lightweight Merino Wool Socks.
- Weight: 2.35 oz. for a Large (my measurement after washing and wearing)
- 86% Extra-Fine Merino Wool
- 10% Polyester
- 3% Nylon
- 1% Spandex
- Length: Calf cut
- Sizes: Unisex
- Adult Medium
- Adult Large
- Country of Manufacture: China
- Warranty: 12 month
- MSRP: $14.99
- Street Price: $12.99 (on sale at the time of writing)
How or when to use these socks can be a very subjective topic. Like I stated above, I prefer Merino wool and it is my sock material of choice. I also like to wear thin, lightweight socks, which these socks are. So, with that being said, I use these socks for most applications. I wear them with pretty much every type of footwear I own. So far I’ve used them with tennis shoes, trail runners, hiking boots, and sandals (yes, I just admitted to wearing socks with sandals). They have worked really well thus far with all those types of footwear.
I’ve listed a few of the features below that are more notable to me. There may be some of the features of these socks that are more relevant to you that I don’t discuss. If so, feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Stay up sewing
I can’t stand socks that continuously fall down. It pretty much defeats the whole purpose of wearing socks. Wildly Good calls their effort to address this problem “Stay Up Sewing”. However they did it, it has been working. I have had zero issues with sock creep. That’s what I call the phenomenon of my socks gradually heading south throughout the day.
I’m not what the technology is behind this, but I can vouch for the ability of these socks to hold off odor. It could be the magic of Merino wool or it could be their combination of materials. Either way, it works. I put these to the test by wearing them for several days without washing…3 to be exact. I would have gone longer, but my wife stepped in and put an end to my research. I can say after 3 days, and performing a sniff test, I was pleasantly surprised. All in all, the odor was at a minimum and they could have easily been worn for several more days and I wouldn’t have blinked an eye.
Breathable Mesh Top
When you combine the breathable mesh top with the super-powers of Merino wool you have a true winner. I find this feature to further add to the odor-fighting and temperature regulating capabilities. I don’t like socks and footwear where my feet feel constricted and stuffy. These socks helped fight that feeling by their minimal weight and the breathable mesh top was the icing on the cake.
To keep it short, give these socks a try. They are well made from quality materials at a price point that’s hard to beat. Many comparable brands are going to be more expensive than the cost of these.
Merino wool is where it’s at and with that being of the backbone of this blend of materials, these socks are able to offer the benefits of Merino wool with the technical features of some of the synthetic socks.
They are soft, thin, lightweight, and breathable, which makes them extremely comfortable to wear for daily use. I’ve seen zero points of failure or compromise thus far, but extended use will be a true indicator of durability.
I wish they were a little taller/longer for me, but not by much. I would say 2-3″ of additional length would be ideal for my personal preference. That’s just me nitpicking.
Give them a shot and let me know what you think.