I have used these socks for years and have found they perform well and consistantly provide toughness, warmth and comfort. I have tried some of the other brands of hunting socks and none of them hold up to the condtions I subject them too. The elastic on the top holds up after repeated washings. The merino wool that makes up the majority of these socks are super soft and you would be hard pressed to believe they are wool. There is no itch or uncomfortable feeling with this wool.