Photo: Nico Barraza
I received a pair of Point6 Neptune UL crew socks the day before setting off on the Arizona Trail Race, a 750 mile bike race across Arizona from the border of Mexico to Utah. I had never worn these socks before, but loved them right away. I did not take them off for the entire race, wearing them for 180 hours straight, with the one exception being when I unintentionally kicked a cactus and had to remove the right sock which was full of thorns. The socks performed incredibly well keeping me cool in the blazing Arizona heat during the day, and warm at night as temperatures plummeted in the desert. The socks were very durable and held up regardless of the conditions, lots of hike-a-bike and a crossing of the Grand Canyon in bike shoes carrying my bicycle on my back. The natural odor control of the merino wool was a plus too as my socks were the only piece of gear that did not smell completely rancid by the end. All in a all, the socks performed better than I had hoped. I will use them on my next adventure, the Tour de 14ers, a solo, self-supported and self-powered trip to link all of the Colorado 14ers by bike and on foot.