Our standard advice is to wash ArmaSkin with your normal clothes but avoid using bleach, fabric softener or sending them to the dry cleaners.
Washing is important because clean socks make for good hygiene. Cleaning also gets rid of any dirt/grit/sand that can accelerate wear. On a hike the ideal would be to wash them daily. The reality of trail conditions however may make this difficult.
ArmaSkin has an inner surface of silicone which drives sweat away from the feet to the outer sock. With silicone itself being bio-static this means that ArmaSkin will keep your feet fresher even over a few days of continuous wear.
The silicone layer gently "sticks" to the surface of your skin essentially making the ArmaSkin an extra, protective, layer of skin for your foot.
Keeping the silicone surface intact will help maintain its performance. So, when washing, the intent is a gentle clean of the inner surface. Excessive and especially vigorous rubbing may only cause the silicone to wear faster.
Wash the outside of the ArmaSkin to remove mud, sand etc which if left in play will accelerate wear of the outside of the ArmaSkin.
For longevity of ArmaSkin, as well as general comfort and performance of your feet, it would be good practice at breaks in your hike to take your boots off and while having your feet up brush off any grit that may have made its way through your socks. Also give your hiking socks and boots a shake to get rid of any loose grit.
Having more than one pair of ArmaSkin would help with a routine of washing. As a guide, with reasonable care of the ArmaSkin they will last 500km with many people quoting distances of 1000km.
When on properly ArmaSkin Anti - Blister socks have the seams on the outside.It is important to check that the heel seams are positioned around the heel as shown in the following picture.If the socks are stretched when being put on not only will material be thinner underfoot resulting in quicker wear, but also it implies that the sock will be tighter around the toes thus being less comfortable and effective in that area.
There are three sock sizes, Small, Medium and Large which apply to both females and males according to this chart. lf your size falls in two ArmaSkin size categories we would recommend going to the larger size unless your foot is particularly narrow.
There are many variables which can influence the creation or prevention of blisters.This new section of our website will be used to flesh out broader factors that can lead to a blister free hike. Over the coming weeks we will, with the help of our ArmaSkin customers and the hiking community, try to flesh out the following, all of which contribute to the ultimate goal of zero blisters on every trip. We know that everyone is different but we aim to accumulate a valuable reservoir of insights from successful hikers for you to draw on.
In recent months ArmaSkin has become more confident that these blister preventing socks can be used effectively in sub freezing point temperatures.
Dr Sophie Wallace has been trialing ArmaSkin at Everest Base Camp and has been happily surprised by their performance. "I was really happy with the socks actually, surprisingly so. It was a bit odd putting them on for the first time but no rubbing at all and my feet were clean and dry at the end of each day which I wasn't expecting so the moisture transfer really worked. I also used them on hikes above Basecamp too so for high and cold environments they were great. I haven't taken them to extreme cold but for long hikes in different temperatures from warm lower down valley to cold snow at Basecamp they were great.
Dr Ash Routen completed his 8 day solo skiing trek around Hardangervidda in Norway and reported "Keen to keep on using, and I did like the fresh feeling of my feet unlike other liners after use"
Tapani Kunnas (Finland) Tapani reported: "Based on my experience the best way to keep feet dry and happy is to wear ArmaSkin + 1-2 layers of other socks + a breathable shoe. If wet conditions are expected and 100% waterproof shoes must be worn, I would bring enough socks with me to transfer the moisture away from my shoes by changing socks to dry ones after or even during the day." .
Tapani Kunnas (Finland) Tapani reported: "Based on my experience the best way to keep feet dry and happy is to wear ArmaSkin + 1-2 layers of other socks + a breathable shoe. If wet conditions are expected and 100% waterproof shoes must be worn, I would bring enough socks with me to transfer the moisture away from my shoes by changing socks to dry ones after or even during the day."