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OUR TAKE For some of us, run­ning sea­son never ends. So when snow and slush cover our fa­vorite trails, the Merino 10 cov­ers our feet. Al­though it has the pro­file of a tra­di­tional, low-cut trail run­ning sock, a thicker-than-nor­mal knit at the heel and fore­foot in­su­lated our feet against the cold dur­ing weekly cir­cuits through Wash­ing­ton’s Cas­cade foothills in sub­freez­ing temps. And even when we couldn’t avoid mud pud­dles, 32 per­cent merino wool meant this sock stayed soft when wet and 30 per­cent ten­cel (com­bined with vents on top) en­sured it dried out fast enough that our testers didn’t get a sin­gle blis­ter. (Thirty-five per­cent ny­lon and 3 per­cent elas­tane round out the fibers.)

TRAIL CRED “The ten­cel-and-merino combo gives this sock a su­per­soft feel, and even af­ter dozens of washes my pair is as cloud-like as the day I first wore it,” our tester re­ports. $20; 1.4 oz.; m’s M-XL, w’s S-L; feetures.com

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