Why the name 1000 Mile? As you might’ve guessed, it’s because they claim their socks will perform over and beyond that distance without wearing out, and if they somehow do (within a year) you’ll get your money back.
On top of this, 1000 Mile offer a ‘blister-free guarantee’ on most of the socks across their collection (including the ones on review here) again making the promise that if a problem occurs within a year they’ll offer a refund.
First of all, we’ll address why they’re so confident of blister prevention. 1000 Mile make over 60 different styles of sock that cater for hiking, running, golf and also for things like physiotherapy, and the majority have a ‘sock-within-a-sock’ construction. With this, the outer layer moves with the shoe while the inner keeps with the foot, thus eliminating the risk of blisters. By-and-large this will help to prevent irritation occurring, but don’t expect to be able to borrow your mate’s boots that are three sizes too small and get away scot-free!
“Merino, if you’re not familiar with it, is one of the best materials to use for a sock, and 40 per cent is a pretty high concentration”
The reason the brand are so confident that their sock will last 1000 miles is all down to their careful choice of fabrics – a blend of some high quality materials. The Fusion Walking Sock is one of their best examples of this.
It has an inner that’s made from a nylon, called Tactel, which has a number of very useful properties. It’s durable but also soft and breathable, and it has an extremely quick drying time – supposedly eight times faster than cotton. Perfect stuff to counter the usual problems with your feet over long distances on the trail.