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I love a bargain, when browsing the Pound shop I spotted these socks. I didn't want them for camping just thought they'd be great under my sons wellies. A three pack for a £1 seemed good value and to be honest the quality looked okay. Amazon sell the same pack for a fiver. They come in cream or khaki and two sizes 4-7 and 7-11.
My son has size 7 feet but 8 in wellies so I obviously bought 7-11 even so they are a tad on the snug side, but not too tight if his feet were any wider or bigger I don't think these would stretch enough, on me they're just right even though I take a size 4. The elastic tops can be a tight so have to be worn rolled down. They are mid length. They're not long enough for welly socks but not a problem as these are worn over his trousers.
Washing hasn't stretched them, the colour isn't faded. The socks aren't worn through at the heel or toe. The elastic tops haven't gone. Admittedly these haven't had loads of use. They are Thermal socks and yes they're warm under wellies and I can verify they're nice under boots, they are thick but not as thick as walking socks. They have a soft lining.
I would recommend them because of the price. On the down side they are small with not a lot of give, and the elastic can be uncomfortable for this reason I'm giving them 4 stars.
Review of Outdoor Solutions Thermal Camping Socks
These socks came in a pack of 3, for just £1 from Poundland. The store stocks a wide range of camping and outdoor accessories bearing the Outdoor Solutions label. I have purchased one or two items from this range previously and although they have not been of amazing quality, they have been functional and ok for the miniscule price tag.
Outdoor socks can be hideously expensive, and whilst I was well aware that these wouldn't be anywhere as good as say a pair of Bridgedale socks, they seemed such a massive bargain that I bought them on impulse.
The socks I bought are an Army green colour; I believe Poundland also had them in cream. They have a ribbed cuff and plain knitted leg and foot. They came in a choice of 2 sizes, shoe size 4-7 and shoe size 6-11. The socks are made of an acrylic fabric which supposedly has thermal properties. They are fully machine washable. The socks are a slightly strange height, they are longer than ankle length, but not quite mid-calf, they sort of hover somewhere between the two.
I purchased the larger size as I wear a size 7 or 8 shoe and my partner wears a 10, so I thought that these would be ideal for either of us to wear on our recent touring holiday. Unfortunately, when he tried them, my partner couldn't actually get his foot into the sock! He couldn't pull it up over his heel and gave up after a few attempts.
Over to me! I tried a pair of the socks and have to say that they only just fitted me in the foot. The heel of was well shaped and clung snugly to the shape of my foot. The toe was rather weird as it seemed too wide in comparison to the rest of the sock. My biggest issue with these socks is the width of the top; it was so narrow that I couldn't bear the pressure of the cuff on my legs. I took the socks off and tried to stretch them a little, as I did so I heard the threads snapping!
I was able to stretch them enough to be wearable, but obviously rough stretching did the fabric no good whatsoever and on the first wash, the socks lost their shape entirely. In wear, these socks are mediocre, they are certainly not thermal in my opinion, or should I say they did not match my understanding of thermal. The socks did not make my feet feel even warm and I would not describe them as comfortable.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I cannot recommend these socks, true they only cost £1 for 3 pairs, so you really cannot expect miracles, but I would have expected them to be wearable. As mentioned the size I purchased was shoe size 6-11, so in reality they should have fitted both me and my partner, but they did not.
Of course, I am well aware that they are not sold as walking socks, but as 'camping socks' whatever that might mean. It is not a phrase I have encountered before when buying socks. Perhaps if you simply put these on and sat in your tent, they might be fit for that purpose, but I wouldn't rely on them for anything more taxing as these socks are of very poor quality. In my opinion, they are cheap and nasty and I have had better socks from supermarket clothing ranges. I do not think these should even be on sale, they are rubbish!
I'd like to award these Outdoor Solutions socks 0*, but as the system will not allow this they have scored a grudging 1*
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 July 2012
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Updated February 2013.
I am bemused to see that these socks have appeared once again in Poundland's spring stock. I really would recommend shoppers avoid these socks!
I bought these Outdoor Solutions Thermal Socks for just one solitary pound in my local Poundland store, yes that is £1 for 3 pairs of socks! I like to pick up a bargain, but as I had a walking weekend coming up i just had to buy them. I knew I could give them a thorough testing in the near future but as I returned home I began to become sceptical as i had just paid a pound for 3 thick pairs of socks.
The first thing I noticed about the socks was just how thick they were However, not all the best walking socks are thick and it is often the way they are constructed and the materials used that determine their comfort and warmth. The socks are quite a plain and uninspiring green colour, but I much prefer useful than fashionable walking accessories. The socks come in various sizes, and each different size covers a number of shoe sizes so they are intended to last. The other advantage of this is that all the family can wear these socks as they will fit us all. the socks are stretchy which is the reason behind their multi-fit sizing.
I first wore the socks when I set out walking in my walking boots. The socks are thick enough to ensure a comfortable boot fit and they are long enough to protect my ankles from the British weather underneath my waterproofs. The socks are designed for camping and sleeping outdoors, so I just had to try them in my sleeping bag in the tent. I wore a pair under these conditions and felt my feet were far too warm. It was a mild night so I would have expected them to be more use in cooler conditions, but they did their job very well. I have had a good few months wear out of these Outdoor Solutions Thermal Socks and for just a pound for 3 pairs I think this is terrific value for money. Poundland does have a lot of what I call 'tat' but if you shop wisely and selectively you can pick up some real bargains. I am quite sure I wouldn't be able to find any thermal socks as good as these for 33p per pair anywhere else! Next time you are passing Poundland why not go have a look for them?
You know how sometimes offers seem just too good to be true?
Well, this one is! These socks are just one of a range of Outdoor Solutions products to be found in Poundland. They are primarily camping based products and all cost just a pound. I bought a 14oz mallet - very handy for securing the guy ropes on the tent and a small pair of binoculars for just a pound each, so when I rounded the next aisle and saw these socks, I thought - in for a penny in for a pound and bought them as well.
Well, the mallet is still going strong, but looks as if it isn't quite up to the job so I daren't hammer too hard. The binoculars do work and I have used them for a bit of garden bird spotting - they are extremely cheap looking and why not - because they were only a pound and therefore are extremely cheap!
The socks turned out to be a bit of a mistake - 3 pairs for a pound - I should have known, shouldn't I? Well, I only ever used one of the three pairs and gave the other two pairs to my son who has an outdoor job and smaller feet than me. The problem for me was the size of these socks. Although they are marked 7 to 11, they are simply incorrectly sized because I am a Size 11 and they barely come over my heel. I hate it when socks are too short and never wear those stupid little trainer socks for that reason.
I tried my best to stretch these both before and after washing but because the acrylic material isn't very robust, all I have managed to do is stretch the top of the sock and if I wear them now, not only is it too short to go up my ankle at all - it is also too floppy and misshapen! (I'm still talking about the socks by the way - nothing else gets bigger when it is stretched either, so I don't use the weights any more.....but that's a different review)
They might fit someone with 2 club feett but in any event I can't see them being particularly hard wearing as they have no strengthened panels and are only any good for mooching around in and not for offering any protection to your feet whilst enjoying The Great Outdoors in a camping environment.
I have gone back to my favourite pairs of Fishermans Socks for wearing around the house and under my wellies. I have fashioned my own garters from elastic to keep them up at my knees. For long walks, however, I use my green or blue army socks that I bought from a market stall about 10 years ago and which are still going strong.
I was stupid to buy these 3 pairs of cheap socks for a pound, You get what you pay for by and large and in this case, I got very little value for my pound. I know my son won't be wearing the ones I gave him either because he is into brands and has all the expensive outdoor stuff which keeps him cosy warm.
You may as well take your pound coin and roll it down the grid!
I am firmly of the belief that camping is unnatural. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate it or anything - I shan't be firebombing branches of Millets or starting a hate campaign against Bear Grylls* - it's just that there's something terribly bewildering about electing to spend your nights beneath a covering that's millimetres thin and offers about as much protection from the elements/serial killers as a sheet of cling film.
*Actually, I might do that.
My logic is thus: humankind is on an evolutionary path that has no end in sight (well, unless we manage to cock up the climate to an even greater extent than we already have done). We are constantly learning, adapting and surviving, just as Mister Darwin said we would. With each generation we gain the skills we need to function and we lose those that have become obsolete. In a mere 200,000 years, humans have advanced to a point where we're almost unrecognisable from our most primitive ancestors. We are, arguably, the world's most successful animal.
Camping, Dooyooers, reverses all those years of progress in one canvas-covered swoop.
Look at it like this: the earliest humans were probably hunter gatherers; sleeping rough and pitching up in caves whenever the weather grew a bit inclement (and, if Jean Auel is to be believed, using their spare time productively to domesticate lions and horses, discover medicine and map out the basics of genetic theory). They then discovered fire and consequently a means of heating aforementioned caves and cooking a tasty bit of mammoth any time they felt peckish. Fast forward a couple of hundred thousand years and we've created a veritable cornucopia of conveniences, from beds to central heating; from walls to tellies; from cookers to couches. Why, then, would we want to eschew all this comfort in favour of undoing all of evolution's good work with a tent and a sleeping bag? Hmm? Of course the outdoors enthusiasts amongst you may say that pitching up a tent enables you to appreciate nature in the raw. In answer I say this: stay in a hotel and sleep with the window open. You'll get much the same effect but with the benefit of a bed, electricity, a shower and a distinct lack of free-ranging psychopaths. I rest my case.
So, having read thus far you may have surmised that I like my nature best when viewed through a double-glazed window. I'm pretty much the last person, logically, who would want or need a pair of camping socks. But that, you see, is where you'd be wrong. Evolution may be a marvellous thing, but it hasn't yet equipped me with feet that will stay warm throughout the night and enable me to sleep in a state of constant cosiness. Enter these thermal camping socks.
I was mooching around Belfast's newest pound shop when I spotted these socks (everyone in my family LOVES pound shops. My aunt is wont to show me various items proudly, 'look at this scarf I got from the pound shop. Do you know how much it cost?' 'A pound.' 'That's right! A pound! Now guess how much this shampoo was.'). They weren't packaged terribly excitingly - a simple cardboard band around the middle of the socks - but I figured that at a pound for three pairs it wasn't too much of a loss if they turned out to be poor quality. Mine are grey which was the only colour available, but the website also shows them in a camouflage green colour. The outer part looks like normal sock material, whilst the inner is soft and fleecy. They're about twice the thickness of ordinary cotton socks, but not quite as thick as woollen or hiking socks. They're labelled as being suitable for size 7 - 11 but anyone with feet larger than size 8 would, I suspect find that these are much too small. My feet are a small size seven and they fit perfectly. A bloke with big size 11s would find that these end up skimming his ankles like a pair of trainer socks.
When wearing these in walking boots or fur-lined boots they kept my feet lovely and cosy. The heels and sides of the socks have become a little fuzzy where they rub against the inside of my boots, but nothing too serious. As bed socks they fared really well and kept my tootsies toasty all night. There are no grips on the soles, though, so they can be a bit slippy if you're walking around on wooden or tiled floors. They wash pretty well in a 30 degree wash and I haven't noticed mine shrinking or going bobbly. It's a much better idea to line dry them rather than in the tumble dryer or over a radiator, as the man-made material they're made of smells quite nasty when heated - very acrid and chemically. On the plus side, they do dry very quickly.
The claim that these are suitable as hiking socks is a wee bit laughable as there is none of the additional padding you'd expect around the heels or toes and so won't cushion your feet when wearing heavy-duty walking boots. Also, these are made completely of synthetic material so they're not particularly breathable and won't wick moisture away from your skin, which could leave you with seriously stinky feet after a hard day's walking. As camping socks these would probably be fine because they're so lightweight, warm and comfortable. However, they are made entirely from synthetic material so if you wiggle your toes too close to the campfire there's a risk your trotters could be the next source of combustion. Just another good reason to opt for a centrally heated hotel, if you ask me.
For 33.3p a pair these really are quite a bargain. They may not be quite suitable for serious outdoors enthusiasts, but for those of us with cold feet who view the outdoors in general and camping in particular with a healthy degree of suspicion these are just the ticket.