1000 Mile Walk Socks Review
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Rik Henderson brings us his review of the 1000 Mile Walk Socks, single layer socks from the seasoned sock producers
I remember working at a store in Shrewsbury called Soldier of Fortune as part of my school’s work experience at the age of 15. SoF was predominantly a military surplus store which happened to have a great selection of clothing, equipment, and footwear for mountaineering. As well as polishing the brass door handles, sweeping the shop floor and mopping up sick outside on a Saturday from the previous night’s shenanigans, I spent a vast amount of my time manning their boot wall. At first making sure all gaps were filled and standards maintained, and later fitting footwear to keen walkers and outdoors people.
This was the start of an 8 year career in outdoor stores, from Shrewsbury to Keswick and then onto Manchester, picking up more “Senior” titles and CV worthy experiences along the way. One thing would remain the same though, I would always be a boot boy!
Much to my employers delight I rarely sold a pair of boots or shoes without recommending cleaning and protection products as well as a new pair of socks. Footwear is by far the most important piece of kit when you are in the mountains and boots can either make or break those trips. Pairing a good pair of boots with a high performing and comfortable sock will make those new boots feel and work oh so much better!
Renowned for their famous double layer anti-blister sock, 1000 Mile were established over 20 years ago and currently stock over 30 styles of technical sock designed for activities such as walking, running, sports and foot health. Continual investment in technical design and dynamic yarns has enabled 1000 Mile to expand their range, offering quality solutions for active customers.
Mud & Routes were delighted to receive the 1000 Mile Walk Sock – Twin Pack for testing. These socks are noticeably soft and spongey with lots of useful features including padded toe and heel panels, enhanced ventilation zones on the top of the foot, flat toe seams and arch bracing for additional comfort and support. This brilliant 3 season sock achieves a sponge effect through a loop stitched pile design as well as the yarns unique blend, 55% acrylic, 23% merino wool, 20% nylon and 2% elastane.
What they say;
Perfect with all types of walking boot or shoe. The 1000 Mile Walk Sock offers 3 season comfort and temperature control.
1000 Mile Walk Socks Verdict
I’ve now clocked up over 40km using these socks in conjunction with a mid GTX boot and so far they have performed ever so well. They offer a great level of comfort and support and have managed to regulate temperature well throughout the testing.
I must admit, even though I’d always had great feedback on 1000 Mile double layer socks and having sold many a pair in my time, I will always use a single layer sock design, pairing them with a liner if necessary, or not! Now that this brand offer some superb single layer systems, I will definitely be championing their latest designs and having a twin pack means you can jump from one to another whenever you need to wash, which is less frequent now due to the anti-bacterial and high breathability qualities of merino wool!
Go visit your local “Boot Boy or Girl” and treat that walker / active person in your life to a twin pack of 1000 Mile Walk Socks, they’ll be forever grateful – £16.99 RRP (available in both women’s and men’s).
1000 Mile Walk Socks features and specifications:
- 55% acrylic, 23% wool, 20% nylon, 2% elastane
- 3 Season comfort for walkers
- Perfect with all types of walking boot or shoe
- The 1000 Mile Walk Sock offers 3 season comfort and temperature control
- Ventilation zones on the top of the foot allows the foot to breather and maintain and even temperature
- Loop stitched pile gives lots of volume and protection
- Arch bracing gives additional support and a custom fit with no slipping
- Padded toe and heel panels combined with a flat toe seam ensure a comfortable fit with reduced friction on the skin so there is less chance of blisters
- Single layer
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siBased out of Shrewsbury Shropshire, I spend most of my free time across the border into Wales, primarily in Snowdonia. A keen walker and explorer who has completed the Top 100 mountains in Wales and Shropshire's 50 hills. Taking on such challenges enables me to travel to remote, quiet areas and away from the crowds, those are my favourite mountain days. I very much look forward to contributing to the forum that is Mud & Routes, with route guides and gear reviews. Instagram: @rikthehiker Twitter: @RikTheHiker