Merino wool is a hugely useful material for a sock – it has so much to offer. First of all it’s warm, yet still able to regulate temperature to prevent perspiration from overheating, and it’s also fast wicking, meaning it can lift moisture off the skin and spread it out to evaporate quickly. Merino also has natural anti-microbial properties, meaning that it’s able to reduce the effect of bacteria that causes odours. Best of all though, Merino is very, very comfortable.
42% of this sock, the Stance Bezel Outdoor, is Merino which is at the higher end of the scale in terms of common blend ratios. In case you’re curious, the Bezel is 42% wool, 32% polyester, 12% nylon and 3% elastic for that close and comfortable hold.
On the heel and toe – common flashpoints – they’ve put extra reinforcement to increase the lifespan of the socks and also to protect your feet from blisters. The seamless toe closure is also another design technique to prevent any rubbing.
You may also appreciate the concentration of the weave on the arch, a technique that provides compression and support where it’s needed. Every little really does help on those big days on the trail.
“…this is just one of many different jazzy designs in Stance’s outdoor sock collection.”
The ankle cuff is a medium length so it will come just over your boot. It’s high enough to tuck your socks into but not so high that it will be too much coverage for hot days.
The Stance Bezel has been designed with the average-shaped woman’s foot in mind as it’s a women’s specific sock after all. Guys, if you’re reading this, go check out the Stance Deschutes Outdoor which is basically the gender equivalent.