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  • Good Socks for Hiking

    Posted on September 26, 2014 by olinselot

    Summer Hiking fun at Beaver Creek

    When it comes to selecting good socks for hiking you have to learn from history and embrace modern knowledge at the same time. From Ragg Wool to synthetic materials there are many good options you can choose from. Maybe you have good socks for hiking and need more help with preventing blisters. If that's you then sock liners might be the answer.

    Let's start by going back in time, tried and true, durable and dependable wool. Classic Ragg wool is very warm and very durable. Odds are you will wear out many years before ragg wool socks do. Merino wool is probably the most popular and practical type of wool you can get. It doesn't smell bad or itch and wool will always be a renewable material so it's good for the environment. Wool naturally wicks moisture away from your skin and maintains its thermal properties when wet. Below are just six fantastic hiking socks for you to consider.

    Worsted Wool Socks     ragg wool socks     Merino Wool Socks

    Trail Pack Socks     Merino wool hiking socks     explorer socks

    A lot of hikers don't know about or use sock liners. Sock liners provide a protective layer to your feet by reducing friction and hot spots during long hikes and strenuous activity. Sock liners are made of polypropylene or other synthetic materials that are designed to wick moisture away and keep your feet dry. Pull them on over the top of your hiking sock to reduce friction, hot spots, blisters, and wet feet.

    fox_river_alturas_sock_liner          x-static sock liner     Thermolite Sock Liner

    This post was posted in Merino Wool Socks, Socks, Uncategorized and was tagged with good socks for hiking, hiking, merino wool, ragg wool, sock liners, socks, wool

  • Socks for Work

    Posted on September 19, 2014 by olinselot

    Most normal socks are made with little thought to their specific use. Cotton and spandex are sewn together and mean to be pulled on our feet without consideration to blisters, heat spots, durability, length, moisture control, and insulating properties. Common socks are not the only option. Expensive exotic socks are not the only alternative.

    There are socks made specifically for hard working people who live on a hard working budget. We've put together a selection of socks for work that might work well for you. All of the following are less than $20 and many come in two packs.

    Boot Socks - A variety of boot socks are designed to be long enough for wearing boots without having them bunch down around your ankle. Some socks have been created with military use in mind, but they can give you a huge advantage around a construction project, landscaping job, or any work environment that is demanding on your feet. Boot socks are made from your choice of wool, merino wool, acrylic, nylon, cotton and sometimes a comfortable blend.

    Wool Work Boot Socks        Stryker Military Boot Socks        Outlander Boot Socks

    Great socks for work aren't all boot length. A great pair of hiking socks are also perfect for your hard working feet. They are sewn with flat, smooth toe seams and with stitching to reduce hot spots and blisters. If you face long days on your feet then you should treat your feet well with some thick comfortable socks.

    Cool Max Hiking Socks        Trail Pack Socks        Grand Canyon Hiking Socks

    This post was posted in Merino Wool Socks, Socks, Uncategorized and was tagged with boot socks, merino wool, socks, socks for work, wool

  • 8 Awesome Camping Hacks

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by olinselot

    8 Awesome Camping Hacks

    We at Outersports have scoured through the internet and tried several ideas to find which awesome camping hacks work the best. We've gathered together 8 awesome camping hacks into one place for you to try out.

    Burning Sage

    Burning dry bundles of sage in your campfire, or even spreading some smoke around your tent, will keep mosquito swarms away. Apparently it is one smell that reminds them of a desert fire and they will flee for their lives. This is one of those times you will be happy to let the campfire smoke drift over you to keep yourself from being eaten alive by bugs. Besides, the smell of burning sage is very pleasant. Native American tribes often used soft sage bundles for toilet paper. Our staff have tried both and can vouch for the benefits of sage as a camping hack. Once you have a nearly mosquito free campsite you'll always keep a bundle of sage in your gear.

    Bottled Camping Eggs

    Scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon is one of the best tasting breakfast meals when you are in the outdoors. Keeping your eggs from cracking inside your cooler can be problematic. Some companies offer fancy plastic carrying cases for eggs to keep them safe, but we've found that simply cracking them down a funnel into an empty plastic water bottle before you leave home is the best option. If you are careful you can still have sunny side up too. The mouth of the bottle works well with the texture of raw eggs, allowing you to squeeze out one egg at a time if you take your time to do it right. Simply crack your eggs into the bottle before you leave home and set the bottle in your cooler for worry free egg transportation.

    Coffee Toilet Paper

    Anybody who has gone camping for the weekend eventually faces the inevitable squat in the woods. Having toilet paper is great, but it always gets smashed or falls in the dirt and twigs. If that happens at an inconvenient time then it can make a situation more awkward than it has to be. Simply use an empty plastic coffee container for a portable toilet paper carrier. Use your knife and cut a small vertical slit in the side of the tub and it becomes a handy toilet paper dispenser. You can even get fancy with paracord rope to allow you to hang it from limbs if you'd like.

    Skivvy Clothes Roll

    Learning how to roll your clothing into an easily accessible skivvy roll will change the way you pack your clothes forever. You can fit an entire change of clothing into one neatly tucked roll for easy storage and packing if you follow these simple steps. First, place your shirt flat on the floor. Second, place your underwear in the center of the shirt where the neck is. Third, fold the arms of the shirt over the underwear. Fourth, lay your merino wool socks in an overlapping manner so the opening of the socks extends out where the sleeves of the shirt used to be. Fifth, roll the shirt down over the socks from top to bottom into a tight skivvy roll. Now you take one sock at a time and fold it back over the shirt. There you have it! You now have a perfectly rolled change of clothes that will fit in your backpack for quick access.

    Daylight Finger Measuring

    This awesome camping hack is one that has been used by survivalists and hikers for decades. Even if you have a watch on it can be difficult to guess how much daylight you have before you are left in the dark. Standing and looking at the sun to see how fast it might be moving is a horrible idea. What you should do is simply hold out your hand, palm facing toward you, at arms length. Keep your fingers together and horizontal to the horizon. The width of each finger is roughly 15 minutes. Place your hand so the sun is just above your index finger and count how many finger widths are left before the horizon. If the sun is three fingers above the horizon then you have 45 minutes of daylight left. It's really that simple and it works.

    Toiled Paper Fire Tubes

    Rather than throw away your empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls you can use them as a fire starting log. When you clean out your dryer lint after doing a load of laundry just stuff the lint into the cardboard tube and keep them for your next camping trip. Set it in the bottom of your kindling and light the lint with a spark or lighter and watch it easily catch fire. It is a great way to reuse something you normally send to the landfill and it works perfectly. Keeping the tubes in a plastic bag will keep the lint off the other items in your pack.

    Pencil Sharpener Fire

    In the snow or raining weather it can be difficult to find dry kindling or grass to start a campfire. Find some dead twigs and small branches and use a simple pencil sharpener to create the perfect fire starting shavings. You might think you can do this with your pocket knife, but it will take you a lot longer than you think to create the perfectly dry shaving that a pencil sharpener can. Simply trim off the tiny limbs and keep them for larger kindling, then shave the twig with the pencil sharpener for perfectly dry and paper thin fire starter shavings. Try it once next time you're camping in the snow and you'll keep one handy from them on.

    Prescription Bottle Storage

    Save empty prescription bottles, and peel off the label, to reuse them for camping storage containers. Depending on the size of the bottle you can place a variety of helpful items inside to keep them safe and dry in the outdoors. They make great portable first aid kits, fire starting kits, or even spice containers for cooking. The child safety locking lid can come in handy if you have children you want to keep out of the items inside as well.

    This post was posted in Hiking, How To - Life Hacks, Merino Wool, Merino Wool Socks, Outdoor Gear, Socks, Thermal Underwear and was tagged with camping, fire starting, hiking, how to, skivvy roll, tips, tricks

  • Mother's Day for the Outdoors Mom

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by olinselot

    Anna JarvisDid you know that the original founder of Mother’s Day was actually arrested for disturbing the peace? She was! Anna Jarvis and her sister were so upset that the holiday had become more about printed greeting cards and thoughtless gifts that they were arrested while campaigning against it. She said, “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother – and then eat most of it yourself. A petty sentiment.”

    Mother’s day originated so that families would reunite after being divided during the Civil War. But since its establishment on May 9, 1905 I think most of us would agree with Anna. The mothers of the world deserve more than a generic card. Before we go any farther I should remind you . . .

    Mother’s day is May 12

    Let everyone else get their mother something from the gift card store. Getting something special for your mother or wife (from your kids of course) means you should find something she actually would enjoy. If yours is the outdoorsy type that likes to hike, camp, do gardening or anything else outside then we can help you with the following gift ideas.

    Honeycomb Sling PackThe Port & Company Honeycomb Sling Pack – This is absolutely affordable at less than $6. This sling pack is cute and comfortable with a built in audio pocket and an exit port for headphones. It’s sling design gives it a more feminine appeal compared to a standard backpack, but if a different women’s pack sounds like a better fit there are plenty of options such as a Cinch Pack, Hydration Pack, or even an Xcape Computer Backpack for those who can’t part with technology in the wild. There is also a general rule of thumb that women love bags, purses, and anything that helps them stay organized and look good at the same time.

    Sport Tek NRG Sport Tek NRG Fitness Capri - Active women love workout capris but most men are too nervous to pick them out as a gift. So let me make it easy for you. She will love these workout capris! These capris have a waistband pocket to keep her locker key secure. They are made for comfort and freedom of movement so she will not only feel good but she will look good. Comfortable fitting workout capris are a hot item for women who want to stay fit and healthy. These Sport Tek NRG Fitness Capris are a great Mother's Day gift idea for those of you with mom's who like to be active.

    Merino Wool SocksMerino Wool Socks – In fact, anything made out of Merino Wool will quickly become one of her favorites. Women are often colder than men. Biologically speaking, women generally have more constricted blood vessels. This puts their blood flow closer to the surface of the skin making them feel colder. The body handles this by redirecting the warm blood flow to the vital organs, leaving their hands and feet freezing! Merino wool is the highest quality and thinnest fiber of wool available. It feels just like cotton against your skin but has all the moisture wicking, and thermal insulating properties you expect from wool. Every time she puts on her Merino Wool Socks or Thermals she will feel warm and toasty and think of you.

    This post was posted in Athletic Wear, Base Layer, Hiking, Merino Wool, Merino Wool, Merino Wool Socks, Socks, Thermal Underwear and was tagged with Anna Jarvis, backpack, bags, capri, capris, champion, cold weather, Fitness, merino wool, mother's day, socks, stay warm, thermal underwear, women

  • Wicking Socks, For the Love of Feet

    Posted on February 16, 2013 by olinselot

    pic of foot bonesDid you know that over half of the bones in your body are in your feet and hands? Although your feet have one bone less than your hands, 26 to be exact, it has been argued that your feet actually contain far more nerve endings than your hands do. We are all very careful about taking care of our hands and keeping them warm because we see them and use them for every tactile need. Many people overlook their feet.

    Typical advice on foot care seems to be dominated by a reactive approach. You carefully pack your first aid kit to include things like bandages, gauze, duct tape and mole skin patches. While these injury care items are essential, a mindset toward preventative care is much better.

    pic of hiking in water with wet feetJust think about how much thought you put into taking care of your hands. If your fingers get cold, wet, bruised, or begin to blister you immediately stop and correct the issue. With our feet we seem to plod along and ignore the cold toes, wet socks, hot spots and irritations as though they can be dealt with later at a more convenient time.

    You might think all of this can be solved by an expensive pair of custom fitted shoes, but the greatest shoes in the world will still destroy your feet if you don't wear the proper socks. That’s right, socks! Socks are probably the most overlooked and least thought about parts of your outdoors experience.

    picture of blistered footAside from the puddles, creeks, and slushy snow you dunk your feet into on your hike, your feet will create their own moisture simply from walking. It can lead to serious problems like erythrosis, cyanosis or even necrosis (Trench foot). Most people don’t know that frostbite can actually occur at temperatures as high as 60° Fahrenheit. Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet) causes a chain reaction of problems. The correct socks are your first line of defense.

    Keep your feet dry by selecting high performance moisture wicking socks. This technology in socks draws the moisture away from your skin and keeps them dry and free of irritation. The last thing you want is water soaked feet rubbing inside your shoes on a long hike. Give your feet some love with these selections:

    Merino Wool Outdoor Trail Socks (4 Pair)

    Merino Wool Outdoor Trail Socks (4 Pair)

    • Our most popular socks!
    • Includes 4 pair of super soft merino wool sport socks
    • Does not itch like normal wool
    • Wicks away sweat and moisture
    • Keeps your feet warm
    • Great for trail walking or riding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling
    • Colors: 1 Pair Navy Blue, 2 Pair Blue/Gray, 1 Pair Brown
    • Cushioned throughout and reinforced from heel to toe
    • Naturally odor resistant for life of sock
    • Lycra® arch brace for fit and support
    • Toe seam is smoothe for added comfort
    • 71% Merino Wool / 21% Nylon / 7% Polyester / 1% Lycra Spandex

    There was a time when your only options were low grade wool or cotton, but today you have fantastic options when it comes to socks. Fleece polypropylene, acrylic blended wool, and merino wool socks provide a plush feel with all the moisture wicking benefits you need. Most of these varieties are made with comfortable toe seams, cushioned heels and toes, Lycra supported arches, and a choice of colors to match your apparel.

    Before you go skiing, hiking, snowmobiling or even sitting outside by the fire – take care of those unsung heroes you call feet. They’ll love you for it!

    This post was posted in Merino Wool Socks, Socks and was tagged with hiking socks, merino wool socks, polypropylene socks, warm socks, wicking socks

  • Cross Country Ski Wear for Utah - What Counts Is On The Inside!

    Posted on January 18, 2013 by olinselot

    With temperatures lingering at a frosty 19 degrees you would think that most would cuddle up next to a warm fire and hide. But for one amazing mother in Utah, her fire seems to come from within!

    Shawna, of, shows that with the proper cross country ski wear, and a touch of scenic beauty, you can get outdoors and enjoy nature even on the coldest of days. She exemplifies the model family camper who isn't afraid to take her children along with her. Knowing how to be prepared with the right thermal layers gives her more confidence and comfort to do what she loves. What does Shawna love? She loves cross country skiing around a high altitude reservoir outside of Brigham City, Utah.

    It was no surprise to see her sporting some high quality ColdPruf Extreme Performance Thermals under her coat. Most of all she loves the comfort and bargain of her Merino Wool Outdoor Trail Socks.

    In regards to the Merino Wool Trail Socks - Shawna says, "First thing I noticed was how cushioned they were. They fit snug and the seams aren’t bothersome at the toe. They’ve kept my feet warm enough that I haven’t had to give them a second thought while outside."

    You can read the full experience, review, and get to know Shawna on her blog by visiting: Nature For Kids


    This post was posted in Clothing Layers, Cross Country Skiing, Merino Wool Socks, Socks, Thermal Underwear, Winter Sports and was tagged with cross country skiing, family camping, layering, merino wool, merino wool socks, nature for kids, performance thermals, polypro thermals, thermal underwear, utah

  • Merino Wool Socks - Ideal For Winter Sports

    Posted on October 26, 2012 by

    Merino Wool Socks - Why They Are Better Than Regular Wool

    Merino wool socks shouldn't be new to you if you hike, camp, fish, ski, snowboard or any other outdoor activity. Merino wool has been a part of the outdoor industry for a number of years now. If you're not familiar with it, then I'm guessing you are new to outdoor recreation or you don't know there is a difference between merino wool and regular wool. Either way, you've been missing out on the most popular fabric for outdoor clothing products available.

    Merino wool socks provide non itchy thermal insulation for your feet Merino Wool is finer and softer than standard wool

    Merino wool is different from regular wool. As you can see in this picture, merino sheep have thinner finer wool than other sheep. This provides a couple benefits that make merino wool ideal for use in outdoor clothing. First, after the wool fibers are knit into a fabric, the fabric is able to trap more air providing superior thermal insulation. Studies have shown that merino wool is actually able to keep you warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. The second reason the thinner fibers are better for outdoor clothing is that it makes for a non itchy wool. Unlike standard wool, merino wool is super soft. You get all of the great properties of standard wool, but without the annoying itch.

    Merino Wool Socks - Merino Wool Vs Cotton

    Instead of merino wool socks, I've notice that many people still stick to 100% cotton socks for everything they do. 100% cotton is definitely soft and comfortable. But cotton has a very limited comfort range. The reason for this is that cotton absorbs water like a sponge. It retains that water like to a sponge too. When cotton gets wet, it no longer retains heat. So if you are wearing cotton socks to do anything active, the socks just absorb all that moisture from your feet. Before long you are cold, damp, and miserable. Merino wool socks on the other hand absorb little water. Merino wool is naturally hydrophobic which means that it hates water. Merino wool also retains your body's natural heat when it does get wet. When you wear merino wool for high activity sports, the merino wool is able to dissipate the moisture and keep your skin warm and dry.

    Merino Wool Socks - Nature's Protection Against Cold

    There are plenty of other fabrics that are able to do what merino wool does. But, the reason merino wool is so popular is because it is a natural fiber. This means that any product made from merino wool is earth friendly to produce and earth friendly to dispose of. Additionally, many people are allergic to synthetic or man made fibers. Since merino wool is a natural fiber, it is uncommon and almost impossible for people to have an allergy to it. 

    So, if  you are still wearing anything but merino wool socks for your outdoor adventures, it's time to try on a pair. Once you try them out you'll find  yourself replacing other parts of your wardrobe with merino wool as well.

    This post was posted in Merino Wool Socks, Socks, Winter Sports and was tagged with hiking socks, merino wool, merino wool socks, snowboarding socks, snowmobile socks

  • Merino Wool Blends

    Posted on March 29, 2010 by Justin

    Merino wool is an excellent fabric for keeping your feet dry, warm and comfortable. But you've probably noticed that many of the merino wool socks available contain a blend of merino wool and other synthetic fabrics. The reason for this is very simple. 100% Merino wool socks do not last as well as blended socks. While popular sock companies like Smart Wool are working on new knitting designs to improve the durability of merino wool socks, nothing lasts today as well as a blend of merino wool and some other popular synthetic fabrics.

    You will typically find that merino wool hiking socks contain nylon or polyester as well as a small percentage of lycra/spandex. The lycra/spandex is there to help the sock stay up and keep its shape. Nylon and polyester are very durable fibers. When added to merino wool socks, they extend the life of the sock dramatically. A few years ago, I bought 2 pair of 100% merino wool socks. After just one summer of wearing them hiking, the heels and toes wore completely out of them. I bought the same model sock from the same company after they had changed up the sock a little and had added in some nylon. So far they've lasted me a whole summer of hiking and will likely last a couple more.

    So, when you're shopping for some nice merino wool socks that you expect to last more than just a summer, you'll want to get a pair that have some nylon or polyester blended into the fabric.

    This post was posted in Hiking, Merino Wool Socks, Socks

  • Merino Wool VS Traditional Wool

    Posted on December 13, 2007 by Justin

    Everyone knows how warm wool is. The natural insulating properties of wool along with the ability to wick sweat and keep your skin dry has made it a favorite among hikers, backpackers, campers, etc. The only nameable downside to wool is the scratchy, itchy texture of the wool fibers. Synthetic fabrics can cause allergic reactions in the skin making them not an option form many. For others the scratchy, itchy feeling of wool is unbearable and not a good option either. Well, that's where Merino wool comes in. Merino wool comes from merino sheep. The wool fibers of merino sheep are finer and softer and non itchy making it the perfect natural solution to staying, warm, dry and comfortable. With merino wool, you get all the natural features of wool without the itch. So, the next time you are shopping for Wool Socks remember to look for Merino wool

    This post was posted in Merino Wool Socks, Socks

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