“While I haven't tried them in my snowboard boots yet, if first impressions hold up, I expect my feet to remain toasty warm no matter how cold it is on the slope! Wearing these socks around my home you can't help but be impressed with how undeniably warm they are!”
THE ALPACA ADVANTAGE
After two years of rigorous testing, we found the best natural material for high-performance socks: alpaca. Softer and stronger than most other materials typically found in socks, alpaca fiber continues to prove it can withstand a wide range of activities and adventures. Whether you’re hiking, running, hunting, working, skiing or relaxing - the benefits of alpaca will keep your feet at prime comfort.
Alpaca fiber to is a unique material that wicks moisture, keeps feet dry and endures wear. We’ve created cutting edge manufacturing techniques that transforms this natural material into the perfect -hiking, cycling, working, skiing, everyday- pair of socks.
Compared to traditional merino, alpaca fibers have better insulation properties at a lighter weight. The hollow fibers trap in warm air, keeping feet warmer for much longer periods of time.
On the contrary, the light weight of the fiber allows the socks to be extremely breathable.When the weather is warm, the natural crimp of the fiber will wick sweat away and the weight will maintain the sock’s breathability, keeping feet cool even through the hottest of days.
Alpaca fibers are extremely water resistant, and dry much faster than merino when wet. Merino retains up to 30% of its weight in water, holding onto moisture and keeping your feet uncomfortably wet, while alpaca only retains up to 10%.
Because alpaca fibers are hollow, moisture can’t saturate through them. Instead, the moisture is moved to the surface of the sock, where it quickly evaporates.
Not only does this keep the sock dry, but less moisture means less bacteria. The fiber’s moisture-wicking capabilities also prevents bacteria from building up and causing odor.
Alpaca fiber is one of the softest, most loftiest, natural materials available. Some have even compared the feel as having a resemblance close to cashmere.
Unlike other types of wool, alpaca does not produce lanolin oils. Lanolin oil is a wax found in merino that makes the material feel itchy, and even causes allergic reactions. Because alpaca fiber is lanolin-free, it is hypoallergenic and itch-free.
The structure of alpaca fibers is not only soft, it also helps provide a cushion against callus buildups, preventing blisters and maintaining foot health.