Why We Chose The Stance Hike Lite Socks: Wicking, good temperature regulation, well constructed.
They key thing about these socks is balance. Not in terms of you know, stability, but in terms of materials. That’s because, rather than just using one primary material, the Stance Hike Lite feature a blend. They call this Feel 360.
32% of the fibres are Merino wool. This is the perfect material for temperature regulation, keeping the feet warm when in cold temperatures while also being able to let them breathe when things heat up. If you do sweat in them, Merino has a brilliant wicking ability i.e. it will lift and spread moisture thinly throughout fibres to make the drying time faster. Another good thing about Merino is that it has natural anti-microbial properties, meaning that it’s able to reduce the effect of bacteria that causes odours.
“Merino is the perfect material for temperature regulation, keeping the feet warm when in cold temperatures while also being able to let them breathe when things heat up.”
Then there’s 43% nylon and 20% polyester. Like Merino, these materials are excellent at wicking moisture and drying quickly, but they bring a bit of durability to a sock as well, ultimately expanding its lifespan. The downside to these synthetics is that they’ll start to smell quickly, and that’s why it’s important to get the ratio right between natural and manmade fibres. We’d say Stance have achieved this.
Last but not least, 5% of the blend is elastane, which will keep these socks feeling snug and supportive.