A lot of work goes into the design and creation of CloudLine merino wool hiking socks. The CloudLine team loves hiking and obsesses over every detail from wool selection to trail testing and design tweaking. The result is an ultra soft hiking sock that keeps feet happy and blister-free mile after mile.
CloudLine sources merino wool from around the world based on strict criteria. CloudLine uses only high-quality wool from farms that have sustainable and cruelty-free production standards. Most of CloudLine's wool comes from Uruguay, which only produces "mulesing-free" wool. Mulesing is a painful and cruel method to prevent a type of fly infestation in sheep. Unfortunately, this method is very common elsewhere around the world.
The Merino breed of sheep is special. They produce a much finer and softer wool than most other breeds. These special properties, along with wool's ability to wick moisture, breath, and resist odor make it perfect ingredient for a premium hiking sock like CloudLine's.
More Reading: want to learn more about the amazing properties of merino wool? Checkout www.woolmark.com/resources/benefits-of-wool
CloudLine's hiking socks are made in the USA using Lonati and Sangiacomo knitting machines, which can turn the fine merino wool into a pair of premium hiking socks with seam-free toes in under 4 minutes. Afterward, the socks are washed, dried and packaged. Each sock is then carefully inspected for quality and consistency before being shipped to happy hikers everywhere.
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Before you set out on your first backpacking adventure, read our guide to avoiding blister when hiking.
CloudLine ambassadors Justin and Patrice Lavigne live a life less ordinary. They are constantly doing what they love and that involves adventures like thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011, living in their van for months at a time, spending the summer guiding kids on outdoor adventures at summer camps, writing for Backpacker's Magazine, and in 2015 they thru-hiked New Zealand's long trail, Te Araroa.
Beginning May 1st, 2017 the Lavigne's will be hitting the road in their camper van to speak about their thru-hike of Te Araroa at 31 events across the country.