Bridgedale X-Hale Special Operations Sock for Tactical Operators

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By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com

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shot with an Olympus Stylus 790 SW 7.1-megapixel digital camera, which
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March 28, 2009

desert tan pair of these at the Garmont USA booth during SHOT Show 2009. We were immediately impressed by the appearance of the socks, which can be summed up as high-tech and comfortable looking.

Understand that the whole purpose of the X-Hale Special Operations Sock is to provide maximum ventilation, air circulation, and comfort while wearing 8-inch high boots in extreme climates from desert ops to mountain ops. The socks are lightweight, breathable and cushioned, and utilize a moisture-wicking mesh to keep your feet dry, which is extremely important in the field. The high-density cushioning and WoolFusion moisture-wicking construction combine to form the other half of the comfort equation.

Fiber content is as follows:

44% Nylon / polyamide
27% Merino Wool / laine merino
27%Endurofil™ / polypropylene
2% Lycra® / elastane

DefenseReview has now been wearing the Bridgedale X-Hale Special Operations Sock around town and at the range for the last several months, and we’re very satisfied with them, so far. They’re as comfortable as they look, and they look good.

That said, we only have one pair, and we haven’t had the opportunity to test them in an extreme outdoor environment under adverse conditions over multiple days to simulate a combat environment. We’re going to try to get a few more pairs, so we can give them a bit more of a challenge during a tactical shooting course.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a good pair of tactical socks, we’d advise advise you to give the X-Hale Special Operations Sock a look.

Garmont USA is the U.S. distributor of Bridgedale socks, so they’re the ones to call for pricing and availability.

Company Contact Info:

Garmont USA, Inc.
170 Boyer Circle, Suite 20
Williston, VT 05495
888-343-5200 Toll Free

802-658-8322 Office
802-658-0431 Fax Email Website

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David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

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