Shoemall.com has a very good deal on men's Smartwool socks, size large (standard size). I ordered 6 assorted pairs (3 pairs in chestnut/beige hues and 3 pairs in black/gray hues). These are not irregulars. Here's how the math works:
1. Make sure you're logged onto FatWallet. 2. Surf over to Shoemall.com. 3. Search for "SmartWool Ultra Comfy Trios" and you should find it. 4. Add two sets to your cart (any color combinations). 5. Apply coupon code EXCLUSIVE. 6. Total price is then $44.99 shipped.
But there's also a 7.5% FatWallet rebate, and if you use a Discover card there's another 5% rebate (assuming you registered for the 4th quarter promotion). After rebates it's $39.37 all in, which works out to $6.56 per pair.
So what exactly is SmartWool (as opposed to regular Merino wool).
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 3:47a
Smartwool is the brand, and it's a very good one. Their socks are made in the U.S.A. from New Zealand wool. They're good for hiking and for other outdoor activities, although in these neutral colors you can get away with pretty much anything. You'll find them at places like REI, the L.L. Bean Outlet, and upscale outdoor/athletic gear shops. They get excellent reviews at Amazon and elsewhere.
This deal is basically half off the typical street price. They're not cheap socks, but they're a good value.
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 6:28a
Thanks OP, have wanted to pick up some wool socks for quite awhile. In for the deal, and green for you!
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 7:48a
According to Smartwool, the "Trio" set includes styles SW164 (71% Merino wool), SW823 (83% Merino wool), and SW913 (74% Merino wool).
Large size socks are recommended for U.S. men's shoe sizes 9 to 11.5 inclusive.
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posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 8:30a
Thanks OP. Since discovering Smartwool a few years ago they are the only socks I wear.
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 9:09a
There socks rock. Try a pair and you'll never wear cotton again!
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 9:16a
I bought a few pairs last year. They didn't last 6 months. They're nice but not worth it in my opinion.
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posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 9:57a
I've been wearing Kirkland Costco Merino wool socks, and have been very happy with them (only socks I wear), but I picked them up in bulk off eBay (new) and remember them being substantially cheaper, I just wonder if these socks are actually better, or just brand name.
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 12:25p
BlueGoose177 said: There socks rock. Try a pair and you'll never wear cotton again!
That's exactly what happened to me also. It is counter-intuitive that wool socks will make your feet more comfortable in the hot Summer months AND cold Winter months, but that's exactly how fine merino wool works. SmartWool is the gold standard for these type of socks.
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 12:48p
Can one make a comparison to Thorlo socks which I've been using for a year or so thanks to very positive posts/comments found on Fatwallet?
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 4:10p
I've become a fan of vermont darn tough, great socks, can get decent discounts at Shoebuy.com
posted: Oct. 7, 2012 @ 6:34p
Thorlo socks are somewhat more synthetic, although they do make a wool/silk/synthetic blend sock if you want that. My one pair had a good, strong base but fairly quickly became unraveled at the top. Your mileage may vary.
The Darn Tough Vermont socks are comparable to Smartwool with the exception of DTV's pure synthetic boot socks (which I'd avoid). Smartwool seems to use a very slightly higher percentage of wool, but I don't think that's much difference. DTV makes a couple varieties with U.S. yarns primarily for government contracts, but I assume Smartwool does the same. I haven't been able to find DTVs anywhere near $7/pair, but if you can they'd be a good buy.
Love my Smart wool socks, but these are a bit too tacky.
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posted: Oct. 8, 2012 @ 2:16a
hpmax said: I've been wearing Kirkland Costco Merino wool socks, and have been very happy with them (only socks I wear), but I picked them up in bulk off eBay (new) and remember them being substantially cheaper, I just wonder if these socks are actually better, or just brand name.
I've bought a number of pairs of the Costco merino wool Smartwool copies. They are nice, comfortable socks, a terrific value for whatever the price was (something like $2.50 to $4 a pair, I forget which). However, they are not close to the same level of durability as Smartwools. I've got some Smartwool original mid-weight hikers I bought at least 12 years ago that I've worn regularly during the coldest 6 months a year and they are only now starting to wear a bit in the heals and toes, but I expect to get another few years out of them. I suspect that the socks that are included in this deal are more of a casual weight of sock than my Smartwools, though, and may not wear as well as the medium hikers I own.
Someone else asked about how Smartwools wear compare to Thorlos. I've owned a couple of pairs of Thorlos, one their regular synthetic yarn, one pair a silk-wool hybrid. The Smartwools medium hikers are substantially better socks, just as cool in warm weather, warmer in cold weather, and they are significantly more durable than Thorlos.
posted: Oct. 8, 2012 @ 9:25a
Super hot deal! Just ordered 2 trio packs... 6 pairs should get me thought the next decade (only half kidding)
also, I used to work at REI and this price is better than the direct-from-smartwool industry-insider pricing we would get as employees
posted: Oct. 8, 2012 @ 10:11a
While I like this, it remains to be seen whether the Smartwools have the same quality they used to have 12 years ago, as Lousygolfer mentioned in the post above.
posted: Oct. 8, 2012 @ 11:50a
Are people seeing any of these that I could pull up past my knees like tube socks for playing hoops in this winter, preferable with red, white, and blue stripes?
posted: Oct. 8, 2012 @ 12:11p
I like SmartWool socks. I LOVE Bass Pro's RedHead lifetime socks.
posted: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 11:20a
code "exclusive" takes 25% entire order, site wide.
Smartwool is the best! Got a couple pairs a year ago, have worn the heck out of them and they hold up great
posted: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 2:49p
The Smartwool socks designed for Alpine skiing are the best I've ever used. The new PhD series has a lot of promise too.
posted: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 4:45p
got the package today!
posted: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 5:46p
EriCCirE said: code "exclusive" takes 25% entire order, site wide.
Thank you! Somehow I didn't properly place my last order. I guess I never hit "confirm" on the last page. You saved my bacon. Plus, I got $15.00 off instead of $14.92!
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posted: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 5:53p
g10ny said: While I like this, it remains to be seen whether the Smartwools have the same quality they used to have 12 years ago, as Lousygolfer mentioned in the post above.
Actually, my comment was meant to distinguish the medium hiker model socks I own from the ones in this deal post, which are a different model in the Smartwool lineup and appear to be a lighter, more casual weight sock. I bought a new pair of Smartwool medium hiking socks last year to take advantage of the REI twice annual 20% off sale and they appear to be as well made as my original pairs from 12 years ago.
posted: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 8:23p
I updated the original post with the new coupon code.
posted: Oct. 10, 2012 @ 8:40p
Just picked up a three-pack of Kirkland merino wool socks tonite (albeit women's - not sure if they had men's or not). Haven't tried them yet (obviously) but they appear to be quite nice. They were $9.99 for the 3-pack.
I will agree though, that Smartwool are fantastic, even if they are super expensive!
posted: Oct. 11, 2012 @ 2:02p
Ditto! Best sox I own!
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posted: Oct. 12, 2012 @ 10:47a
I ordered some yesterday to try. You can wash and dry these like regular socks, right?
posted: Oct. 12, 2012 @ 11:47a
Thanks, my wife introduced these to me and I've become a believer. We air dry them, but when they sneak into the dryer they don't shrink.
posted: Oct. 15, 2012 @ 7:45a
in for two
posted: Oct. 15, 2012 @ 9:19a
posted: Oct. 15, 2012 @ 11:08a
MelissaB said: I ordered some yesterday to try. You can wash and dry these like regular socks, right?
Also would like more info about this. I am kinda new to the "nice sock" club.
On another note, I am wearing the black pair today. I am enjoying them thanks op and everyone.
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