I thought it would be a good time to follow up on this post from 2 years ago.
Wool Stocking Cap
Loved it. It shrunk drastically the first time it went through the wash, now it won’t fit on a baby. Kept me very warm on the top of Long’s Peak last fall.
Ibex Hooded Indie
Owned for 1.5 years. Worn out on the ends of the sleeves quickly. Loved it but a little disappointed on the durability. Probably too light-weight.
Darn Tough Merino Wool Crew Socks
Still great. Haven’t seen any holes or flaws in any of them wear them for several day at a time. Never smell bad (let them air out overnight). I bought a couple more pairs because I lose socks sometimes.
The ones I thought were appropriate to wear to work wore out very quickly. And the ones I have for running are fine, but I just don’t run that often compared to hiking, where I want a more durable and waterproof midtop boot.
For my outdoor adventures I wanted somethin like these Synthesis Mid GTX boots from La Sportiva. Yay for GoreTex liners! My feet were the perfect temperature all day on Longs Peak.
This last year I purchased general everyday leather boots The Niners from Woolrich. I had hoped these would be lifetime quality resoleable boots, they are very good. I replaced the laces with ironlaces right away, and the leather is a “Genuine Leather Product” from Horween. Which means it’s not full grain, but honestly they look nice, they are durable and the wear in a way that is very convincingly leather.
I wear these to work, and on the weekends, in every season. I added Green Superfeet insoles and gave them a coating of Sno-Seal before winter set in. I’ve worn these out in deep snow, while sledding with the kids, and on many long walks. They haven’t reached the 1 year mark even, but they are looking pretty good.