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Smartwool – Merino Wool – PhD Smart Socks and Active Clothing

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I always tend to reach for my favorite pair of socks, but they’re often dirty. That got me thinking…why not just have a week’s supply of Smartwool? That way I’ll always end up with my favorite socks.

Sheep roam from climates that are warm and wet to climates that are high, cold and dry – and they do it all in the same coat. Natural wool fibers posses excellent breathability, odor control and temperature regulating characteristics. It only seems natural that we would use similar fibers when producing clothing for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. By breathing well and absorbing moisture, the chance of developing blisters decreases. With good odor control, socks and base layers can be worn multiple days in a row. As an excellent temperature regulator, you stay warm even when your clothes get wet. Since wool also manages moisture so well, your body maintains a more stable temperature with wool next to your skin than it does with other synthetic materials. It’s no wonder wool is the preferred material for such a large number of outdoor and active apparel brands.

Smartwool uses Merino wool from sheep bred in New Zealand. These sheep live on farms with hundreds of thousands of acres to roam and graze. Happy feet come from happy sheep! The fibers from these sheep are softer, longer and thinner (1/3 as thick as human hair), so they don’t itch or feel rough against your skin like wool from other sources does. Smartwool even has a Next To Skin (NTS) line, boasting the most comfortable wool used in long underwear and base layers.

New for Fall 2012, Smartwool redesigned their apparel to have a “body-enhancing” fit. It’s a more generous cut, with stitching that provides an opposite effect: a more fit, or athletic, appearance. That generous cut allows you to do more because it doesn’t hug the body as tightly. You can exercise and do other stuff like shop, work, or hang out and still be comfortable in you workout clothes.

The PhD socks, which are high-end, super-smart performance socks, have a newly designed heel and toe to maximize durability in the most high-contact areas. Smartwool Reliawool and their new Fit System fits better, stretches more and reforms better.

Also new for Fall 2012 is the Smartwool packaging construction. They no longer use plastic hooks or tabs in their display materials. It is all recyclable and can be opened and closed over and over again without tearing or damaging anything, so retailers won’t waste materials each time they pull a product out of its packaging.

In addition to the popular Smartwool Socks (Smartwool running socks, Smartwool ski socks and Smartwool Crew socks), which they are mostly known for in the outdoor and active-wear industry, they make tons of other great Merino wool products. Smartwool clothing like Smartwool shirts, Smartwool bottoms, Smartwool hoodies, and Smartwool long underwear. We also carry Smartwool Accessories: Smartwool Beanies, Smartwool Neck Gaiters, and great Smartwool kids items are just a few of the Smartwool products we carry at Tahoe Mountain Sports.

Smartwool Socks - Merino Wool Clothing

A microscopic representation of our Smartwool Clothing collection

Smartwool also offers a Smart Sampler: 3 pairs for $40 – These make a great gifts! Warm winter socks and are always good stocking-stuffers.

People who want cheap, buy cheap. People who have previously owned Smartwool socks buy five pairs at a time.

The Smartwool Warning: You’ll Buy More!



SmartWool Review: SmartWool Women Apparel

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

I’ve been wearing SmartWool socks as far back as I can remember but I only recently got to try out the famous wool on the rest of my body. We have a great selection of SmartWool apparel at the shop, so I decided to try the best-looking item, in my opinion, on for size: the SmartWool Midweight Zip T.

Though I’m 5’4″ at 130 pounds, and usually wear smalls or mediums, I ended up buying a large size. Maybe I was just in one of those comfort-clothes moods; the medium was probably a better fit, but I love my large. It feels comfy, and definitely not frumpy. (And that’s not just me talking – my boyfriend even likes it on me.) The small was a little too form-fitting for my style, especially on a midweight layer like this that I often wear alone without an under or over layer.


5 Under $50: Holiday Gift Ideas for Women

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Don’t know what to get the lovely lady in your life this holiday? You’re in luck because Tahoe Mountain Sports’ buyer, Pam, has penned this Holiday Gift Ideas for Women guide using her trained eye in what women want, delivering you inexpensive gift ideas that are all under $50. Read on, buy, wrap and get ready to impress.

1. Outdoor Research Pinball Hat $33.95

The Outdoor Research Pinball Hat looks great on every head! This soft cable knit hat has a WINDSTOPPER ear band to keep the girl on your list toasty warm and a pom pom on top so she looks cute playing in the snow.

2. SmartWool Ultra Comfy Sock Trio $49.95

This gift pack of 3 SmartWool socks is guaranteed to be a hit. The luxurious merino socks are all natural and moisture wicking plus they come in beautiful colors and patterns, all in a smart box that makes giving extra easy.

3. Kavu Keeper $29.95

Brighten up your holiday with Kavu Purses under the tree. The Kavu Keeper is one of our bestselling bags, made of durable cotton canvas with 4 organizer pockets and an adjustable strap. These fun bags come in lots of bright, bold patterns. You’ll like it so much you’ll wish you had ordered one for yourself!

4. Lole Alexis Belt $34.95

A classic black leather belt from Lole makes a great stocking stuffer or is perfect for the office gift exchange. The Lole Alexis Belt is 100-percent leather with contrast stitching and a stylish silver buckle. This is sure to please even the pickiest girl on your list.

5. Black Diamond Moxie Headlamp $29.95

Give the gift of light with a headlamp! This great gift is also super practical. From camping to emergency roadside repairs, every gal needs a headlamp. We recommend the Black Diamond Moxie, loaded with features like 3 brightness settings and an adjustable head. Plus it comes in fun, feminine graphics at a price that fits your budget.

5 Under $50 is a monthly Tahoe Mountain Sports blog series dedicated to showcasing some of our more affordable products. Each month we pick a theme, then show you the gear. Suggest a topic in our comments if you need some shopping help, and check out more inexpensive holiday gift ideas for women in our Gift Ideas section.

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