Gear Editor Chris Townsend gives his take on a pair of mohair socks by Corrymoor
Most walking socks are made from merino wool, wicking synthetics or a combination of the two. Corrymoor socks are different. They’re made from mohair, most of which comes from angora goats kept at Corrymoor’s organic farm in Devon (supplemented with mohair from other British breeders and from South Africa) – you can read about the farm and the goats on the Corrymoor website. The socks are knitted in the UK too.
What are the properties and advantages of mohair? Corrymoor says the smooth fibres are odourless, durable, comfortable and warm in winter and cool in summer. They wick sweat fast too.
Since early last autumn I’ve been trying a pair of the Corrymoor Companion socks, made from 68% mohair and 32% nylon, the latter to provide stretch. The socks are calf-length and have a terry loop cushioned sole, heel and toe and a rib knit upper foot and leg. The medium size weighs 112g. They come in four sizes and sixteen colours.
I’ve worn the socks many times now and they’re lasting well. After a week’s use they didn’t smell though the terry loops had matted down – they fluffed up fine when washed. Mostly I’ve worn them for a day or two at a time.
On warm autumn days in light trail shoes they’ve not been too hot and on a sub-zero day on the snow-covered Cairngorm Plateau they kept my feet warm in boots. They are very soft and comfortable too. Overall these are good walking socks at a reasonable price.