Looking around the website, the full name of the sock is ‘The Anti-Abrasion Durability Sock’ and they go on to say,
‘Are you throwing money away on work socks that just aren’t up to the job?
Some so-called ‘work socks’ are just standard sports socks in different packaging.
Blueguard anti-abrasion durability socks are completely different.
They’re scientifically proven to last an incredible 46 times as long as standard sports socks. And they’re lifetime guaranteed not to get holes.
Blueguard durability socks, engineered for life.’
So some pretty impressive claims but it also got me thinking that when they arrived they would be some big thick work socks more suitable to a building site than a river bank and that the only possible use I would have for them would be in the winter.
A package duly arrived and on opening it, they weren’t the big thick, woolly, itchy foot mittens I’d envisaged but regular looking socks, albeit very smart ones. Black in colour with a blue heel and toe and the Blueguard logo.
According to the website, the socks are packed with features,
- Comfort Fit
- Cotton Rich Body
- Reinforced Toe Seam
- Arch Support
- Extended Heel
- Full Cushion
|They look and feel top quality|
Now for the technical bit, basically abrasion resistance is conducted under independent laboratory conditions to British Standard BS EN 13770:3002. Maximum abrasion is tested until a fabric breakdown occurs (a hole). The higher the maximum abrasion, the more durable the textiles potential.
Blueguard socks have achieved an amazing 925,000 maximum abrasion cycles compared to 580,000 cycles for a branded tough sock and are an incredible 46 times more durable than a standard branded sports sock.
I don’t really know about any of those claims but what I do know is that they are very comfy and they feel like quality socks that will last you a long time, a lifetime? Well only time will tell! So I will start wearing and washing them and I’ll update the review in a few months (which reminds me that it’s high time I updated some of the other reviews, so expect to see them over the coming weeks).
They retail for £9.99 and are available in mens and ladies sizes and come in either black or navy.
Blueguard also offer free delivery in the UK.
Website – www.blueguardsocks.co.uk
Update – Firstly, a massive apology as I promised to update the review a few months after receiving the socks and it’s now been over four years! Secondly, thanks to Tim for the timely nudge (see comment below) but it is nice to know people do read my reviews.
Well, the socks are still going strong but I have to admit I actually only really wear them fishing during the winter as they are a bit too warm for me during the summer months. As for the lifetime guarantee, that remains to be seen but on current form, there’s every chance they will outlive me!