Danish Endurance Unisex Merino Wool Review
Cons: Thinner materials, deforms when wet
Manufacturer: Danish Endurance
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Danish Endurance Unisex Merino Wool
|Price||$29.95 at Amazon||$25.95 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Inexpensive, comfortable, great thermoregulation||Durable, comfortable, wide temperature regulation, versatile, fitted||Great thermoregulation, incredibly comfortable, durability||Highly breathable, comfortable, well-fitted, no itch, excellent wicking power, quick to dry||Incredible durability, quick to dry, accommodates a liner, comfortable|
|Cons||Thinner materials, deforms when wet||Not ideal for hot temperatures, tall cut not best for all||Slow to dry, expensive||Slippery fabrics, shorter length||Loose fit, lacks compression paneling, loses wicking capabilities in cold weather|
|Bottom Line||Decent performance for those seeking the best value out there||Our favorite hiking sock for all-seasons||A versatile sock built for both the day and thru-hiker||A lightweight hiking sock that simply offers the best performance of its class||A value-driven, midweight synthetic hiking sock with great drying speed and durability|
|Rating Categories||Unisex Merino Wool||Darn Tough Hiker Full Cushion||Smartwool PhD Pro Light Crew||Light Hiker Micro Crew||Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro|
|Wicking And Breathability (25%)|
|Drying Speed (10%)|
|Specs||Unisex Merino Wool||Darn Tough Hiker...||Smartwool PhD Pro...||Light Hiker Micro...||Wigwam Hiking...|
|Material||33% Merino Wool, 33% Acrylic, 33% Polyamide, 1% Elastane||66% merino wool, 32% nylon, 2% lycra spandex||62% Merino Wool, 36% Nylon, 2% Elastane||54% Nylon 43% Merino Wool 3% Lycra® Spandex||41% polypropylene, 34% acrylic, 23% stretch nylon, 1% stretch polyester, 1% spandex|
|Length||Mid-calf||High calf||Lower calf||Lower calf||Lower calf|
|Guarantee Policy||n/a||Lifetime guarantee||2 year satisfaction guarantee||Lifetime guarentee||2 year guarantee|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Consisting of 33% Merino Wool, 33% Acrylic, 33% Polyamide, 1% Elastane, this mid-calf length sock is a strange blend of synthetic and merino wool materials. It is compatible with both hiking boots and shoes making it ideal for any kind of hike. The foot is fairly cushioned with areas of compression paneling around the arch and calf that prevents it from falling down while adventuring. While it's not as a comfortable as some of our higher scoring contenders, our testers thought it did a great job on day hikes and overnight backpacking trips. The fit is unisex.
While the sock does have a cushioned underfoot, it was much thinner than most cushioned socks out there. The materials are soft against the skin, offering cozy comfort on colder days. The fit is somewhat specific with areas of compression, but we were unimpressed by how the fit changed with moisture. While hiking through a river, our foot got completely water-logged, becoming misshapen and bunched at the toe. However, once dry, it returned to its original shape, which helped its structure. While this sock is comfortable, the fit is questionable in all conditions.
Wicking and Breathability
With its synthetic materials, the Danish Unisex Wool Sock is breathable and wicks well. The integration of the breathing panels on the top of the foot and around the front of the leg provides sufficient breathability on warmer days.
The integration of the synthetic fibers provides superior wicking capabilities in comparison to most merino-wool blends out there. If you're somebody that struggles with sweaty feet, this sock might be a good option as it is able to keep the foot quite dry in sweaty conditions. Given the thinner design, it's more breathable overall. In a warm weather test, we wore two different socks on our feet, and the Danish proved to provide better wicking than breathability overall. Even in cold temperatures, it retains its wicking capabilities to keep feet dry and happy. As a result, it's recommended for warm summer hikes and cooler winter days.
This sock offers middle of the road warmth performing well when both wet and dry. Unfortunately, because it integrates more synthetic material than wool, which isn't as warm, it's not a recommendation for situations where you would find yourself standing around or sitting in cold weather. Though, it's perfect for moderate temperatures throughout all four seasons.
This warmth comes in both the materials and the length of the socks. When day hiking and camping we experienced a wide range of temperatures in the high 90s (F) to just below freezing. When on the move, it performs just fine, regulating temperature well. When wet, the wool does a good job of insulating to keep the feet happy and healthy in, once again, moderate temperatures. Overall, it provides the warmth you'd expect from a mid-weight sock, but there are warmer options out there.
After roughly 60 miles of hiking, running, and straight-up adventuring, we are surprised to learn that this sock is fairly durable. We did notice a little pilling around the foot of the sock with some slight cushion compaction, but no serious wear and tear. We've been wearing this sock for over two years and made this consistent observation.
That said, when perusing the online reviews of this sock, multiple users have claimed that there are durability issues. Some observing holes after just a few hikes, others with sizing. In our experience, this sock hasn't seen any of these issues. Though, in the coming months, we intend to continue our testing and will update you on our results as we continue this process. Overall, our take is that it is relatively durable at a low cost.
As a quick-drying sock, the Danish Unisex Wool Sock is okay for wet weather but not the perfect option out there. Yes, it will keep you warm when wet, but despite the synthetic fiber make-up that integrates just a little merino wool, it's not the fastest to dry.
In our drying speed tests, this sock dried in about 90 minutes, putting it at a place that sits about average in comparison to the rest. It absorbed 176% of its weight in water when soaked and wrung out, making it a fairly absorptive sock when agitated. While on the trail, we noticed that it actually had better results. In a light rain, the material beads and repels the rain, with the sock drying relatively quickly when it's hot outside. Regardless, we still deem it fit for wet weather, but if quick drying is what you need, there are better options out there.
On a tight budget and need a high-value sock? This is one of our top recommendations! It's one of the best values in this review. Even though it doesn't score as high as other performers, it still does everything you need. It will keep your feet warm when it's cold outside, provide sufficient cushioning and comfort underfoot while offering great temperature regulation. All other socks in this review are substantially more expensive with only a little more to give when it comes to performance. If you're seeking a deal, this is a great option.
The Danish Unisex Wool Sock features a unique synthetic-merino blend that does a great job wicking away moisture and drying out on the trail. While it's not our Top Pick for comfort or warmth, it certainly does the trick for backpacking adventures and day hikes. It's our Best Buy Award winner because of its good performance at a super low price.
— Amber King