Gear Review Darn Tough OTC Ultralight Socks
Weight: 2.9 oz
Summary: Darn Tough Over-The-Calf Ultralight Ski Socks are some of the warmest, most comfortable, durable socks on the market. By using a lightweight, simplistic, seamless design that features antimicrobial, odor-proof, itch-free merino wool, Darn Tough has designed a near perfect ski sock that features an unconditional, no questions asked guarantee.
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Have you tried a pair of Darn Tough Socks? They rock. Could the Darn Tough OTC Ultralight Socks be the best ski sock ever? We definitely give them two thumbs up.
Not only is Darn Tough a cool name for a sock company, but Darn Tough is committed to making the best socks on the market. They back it up with a no questions asked, guarantee for life. Darn Tough has your sock needs covered for every activity – hiking, riding, skiing, working, life, hunting, gym, and running. Take your pick of socks and you’ll be stoked.
Ski socks act as a barrier between your feet and your boot liners. They need to be comfortable and warm, fit your feet, and not affect your performance. Socks should be simple. They don’t need any bells and whistles. Choose your ski socks wisely because it’s important to take care of your feet if you want to have fun in the mountains.
The Darn Tough OTC Ultralight Ski Socks have a simple, lightweight, seamless design featuring merino wool – a breathable, itch-less, and odor free material. A brand new pair of Darn Tough OTC Ultralights weighs less than 3 ounces and is very low profile. An thin, ultralight sock will keep your feet warmer, improve your skiing performance, and allow you to carry a backup pair on your next overnight adventure.
By using high quality Italian knitting machines, Darn Tough socks have a higher knit stitch per square inch. This provides a snug, comfortable, durable fit. The socks are also seamless which eliminates many blister or hot spot issues while touring or hiking. As the brand says, they’re tough.
The Darn Tough OTC Ultralight Ski Socks are made from 62% Merino Wool, 34% Nylon, and 4% Lycra Spandex. There are several varieties of the Ultralight version – Padded, which prevents shin bang, Classic, which claims to be bad ass, and DT, which is just plain simple. They are all very similar. I find the sizing ideal. The socks fit snugly and comfortable around my calf and the the length seems just right for skiing and touring. I wear size an 11.5 shoe or 27.5/28.0 ski boot and a large Darn Tough Socks is perfectly.
After exclusively wearing Darn Tough OTC Ultralight Ski Socks, they are my go-to ski sock. Usually my sock collection is an accumulation of old stocking stuffers from the holidays. Now when I grab a a pair of socks, I always grab Darn Tough.
Darn Tough is based at the Cabot Hosiery Mills factory in Northfield, Vermont in the Green Mountains where they pump out approximated 25,000+ socks per day. That’s a ridiculous amount of socks. Vermont has some burly weather and a wide variety of terrain inhabited with outdoor enthusiasts, so it’s the perfect testing ground for socks.
As with everything in life, you pay for what you get. Darn Tough OTC Ultralight Ski Socks cost between $23-$25 per pair depending on design. Darn Tough knows their socks are tough pieces of gear, which is why all DT socks come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee that states:
“Unconditional lifetime guarantee—simply and without strings or conditions: If our socks are not the most comfortable, durable and best fitting socks you have ever owned, return them for another pair, or your money back. No strings. No conditions. For life.”
Darn Tough is proud of their .002% return rate. That statistic alone says how awesome these socks are. If you’re still not satisfied and truly don’t like the socks, mail them back with the Darn Tough warranty form. Darn Tough will take care of you.
With that guarantee and a time tested product, you have every reason to buy a pair of Darn Tough socks. I recommend the OTC Ultralight Ski Sock variety due to their amazing warmth, simplistic and seamless design, and stink-proof merino wool material. Bring on the adventure.
Washing Instructions: Machine wash warm on gentle with socks inside out. Tumble dry low.