Review: Stance Nepal & Uncommon Arnot Trek Socks
In the words of Stance –
We have turned socks into one of the world’s most exciting accessories in less than five years. Our founders saw a category that had been ignored, taken for granted, looked over, and dismissed. By creating life into something that had been overlooked, we ignited a movement of art and self-expression that has drawn athletes, performers, and iconic cultural influencers to the brand–a group we call the Punks & Poets. By underpinning our creative roots with a relentless focus on technical innovation, we’ve ensured that Stance socks are now found in over 40 countries on the feet of those who dare to be different.
I was given two different pairs of socks, but the one I am trialing is the Nepal Trek:-
- Natural Wool Fusion Blend With Deathless Thread™ For Extreme Durability
- Advanced Moisture Management
- Breathable Performance Mesh
- Anatomical Cushioning
- Reinforced Toe And Heel
- Seamless Toe Closure
- FEEL360™ Technology
Stance Feel360™ Technology. Designed to keep you outside, on the mountain, in the gym, or on the trail, for longer and in comfort.
- Premium twisted yarns increase resilience to wear and tear.
- Reactive fibers regulate temperature and radically accelerate wicking.
- Silver ions reduce 99.95% of odour-causing bacteria.
One of my biggest issues with sock manufacturers, is that of seams! Now I appreciate that there have to be seams in socks, but why are they always where I do not want them. Perhaps its me, maybe I have strangely developed feet!
Anyway, I decided to take the Stance socks for a walk over the South Downs. I wore no liner/inner socks, just a pair of Stance Nepal Trek. The first thing I noticed was that they are left and right foot specific. This is because of the way that they have built the support into the socks and are easily identified by the L & R on the toes.
The route I took involved steep climbs and descents and a mixture of different terrains. Throughout the walk my feet felt well supported and there was no sign or feel of any rub or friction. Any sweat that was generated was quickly wicked away, giving my feet a warm, dry and comfortable feel throughout.
I particularly liked the extra padding afforded to the heel and toes providing cushioning where it was needed most.
This is highly competitive market, with several big names in the UK sock industry already vying for top position. However, whilst not primarily targeted at the walker, these socks are very good. Once you read through the American ‘hype’ and drill down to the technical specification, you find a sock that is suited for walking and back packing.
I always wear socks produced by one of the UK’s largest adventure sock manufacturers, and whilst Stance will have a long way to go to offer the adventure range that they do. The Trek range are well worth a try out and I will certainly be looking out for their products in the future.
Disclaimer: I was given a couple of pairs of Stance Trek Socks which I used for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.