Welcome to Day 12 of our 12 Days of Outdoor Christmas series. Although this is the last review and giveaway that we are posting, you still have a few days left to enter to win (tomorrow days 1-8 end, and days 9-12 go until friday).
Today, we’re featuring another super important yet often overlooked piece of gear both for ourselves and our kids. SOCKS! I don’t know about the rest of you, but for us, if your feet are cold, so is the rest of your body. The opposite is usually true as well. Well, Smartwool makes outstanding socks that solve all our winter foot woes. I first got introduced to Smartwool about 10 years ago when my Mom made an ordering mistake at Christmas. She ordered everyone 2 pairs of Smartwool ski socks. Luckily for me, she accidentally ordered everyone’s socks in my size, so I ended up with 12 pairs of awesome socks. Most of these are still going strong today and get worn constantly when the weather’s cold. Smartwool was kind enough to send Mason and Chloe several pairs of great socks to try out. Well, thanks to those socks, I now have a hard time thinking about Smartwool without laughing to myself. No not in a mean way. Whenever Chloe wears her Smartwool socks, she starts dancing around the house, gliding on the wood floors, singing about how “I wuv my new socks” in a way that only a 2 year old who thinks she’s Cinderella can do. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever, so whenever we pull a pair of Smartwools out, I just start grinning.
You see, I had no idea how much of a difference socks could make to kids as young as ours (2 and 4). I thought that I would be able to tell the difference, but that they wouldn’t. WRONG! Chloe always tells me that they’re “so soff” and Mason now searches for them whenever the weather is remotely cold outside (everyday lately). Mason even showed them to his preschool class during show and tell one day. See, that’s how I know that they’re good. That and the fact that when they’re wearing them, they don’t take them off the second that they get in the house. They love them so much that they actually leave them on all day. Oh, it sure is nice not to have tons of tiny socks all over the house on those days.
We first got these socks right before a storm. The kids wore them out to play, and then when they came inside, they inevitably tracked snow everywhere, leaving our floor a puddled mess. Quickly, Mason pointed out that he could walk on the puddles and his new socks weren’t getting his feet wet (huge contrast to the typical cotton socks we wear). Yes, gear feedback is often hard to probe out of our kids, but we were amazed at how much they talked about these socks. They really are fantastic, warm and comfortable. Another thing that I love about them is that they’re not bulky. My kids can wear them with their regular shoes without a problem. To really put them to the test, we took the kids skiing in them and I had Chloe wear one of the thinner pairs. Andrew must have thought that I was trying to subject her to some form of abuse, so I carried an extra pair in my pocket, just in case. 2 hours later in 20 degree temperature with decent winds, the only thing that was cold on her little 2 year old body was her nose. I took off her boots and sure enough, her feet were nice and toasty. WAHOO. They had passed the kid test, and now they passed the mom test.
Why are Smartwool socks so good? Well pretty much for the same reason that Icebreakers (featured yesterday) makes great clothing. Merino wool. Smartwool socks are made out of merino wool which does an excellent job of controlling moisture, allowing breathability, and maintaining warmth. Oh, and they really help control odors (which I’m sure I’ll appreciate MUCH more as Mason gets older).
Here’s what we think about Smartwool socks:
– Comfortable (forget about how wool was super itchy when we were kids)
– Wicks moisture away from the skin
– Long lasting
– Expensive, about $10-$12 per pair…but worth it.
We’re so thrilled with our Smartwool socks that Andrew and I are going to give the winner a pair of Smartwool socks in the size of their choice. Here’s how to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling us the aspect of getting outside in nature (either by yourself or with your kids) that you struggle the most with.
For an additional entry, subscribe to our blog, on the top of the sidebar to the right, and leave a comment that you did (or that you already do).
This giveaway will be open until Friday December 9th at 11:59pm MT.