Gear Review

The Meindl family began making footwear more than 300 years ago in a small village in Germany. Since then, the business, passed down from each previous generation of the family, has become recognized worldwide for making quality boots designed for hikers and hunters. Meindl designed a collection of wool socks specifically for rough and blister-prone types of travel. I tested three of their wool socks, the MT6 Midweight, MT8 Heavyweight, and the MT Jagd Heavyweight, last late fall and winter. 

I used my Meindl socks for wet hikes in the mountains and valleys in my home in southeast Alaska. They were also my go-to for the numerous sledding expeditions I made with my two young boys. While designed for rough travel and lots of miles, they are extremely comfortable. I’m not used to wool socks fitting so well. Even after a long day, they didn’t slip a millimeter. I live in uninsulated, often damp XTRATUF boots, so I was surprised how warm they kept my feet. 

Both the MT8 Heavyweight and MT Jagd Heavyweight socks are 11 inches tall, 4 millimeters thick, and weigh 3.5 ounces. I would recommend them for most seasons in Alaska. The MT6 Midweight are a bit shorter, thinner, and lighter. They are more ideal for summer alpine tromping, though my feet were still warm in them during the soggy winter. I’ve used a lot of brands of wool socks over the years and have not found any that performed as well as the MT8 Heavyweight and MT Jagd Heavyweight for active use. If you’re looking for a good pair of quality wool socks for adventures, Meindl probably has what you want. 

meindlusa.com; $25-$30


Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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