defeet woolie boolie socks

Ever come back from a winter ride and your feet are so cold you want to cry? That happened to me for years… until I discovered wool socks!

Wool socks alone won’t prevent frostbite, but they are so cozy and comfortable I can’t imagine wearing anything else in cool weather! One of my favorite wool socks is the DeFeet Woolie Boolie.

Wool is one of my favorite materials, especially when it comes to socks. Wool socks are just plain awesome! Old timers will question your choice, saying something like, “isn’t wool real scratchy and itchy?” Well, it used to be, but not anymore!

Today’s wool garments are extremely soft and comfortable, warm, good looking, and durable. The Woolie Boolie socks are no exception.

Some things I love about the Defeet Woolie Boolie socks:

  • They work in a wide range of temperatures during the fall, winter, and spring. I wouldn’t wear them during the summer, but they seem to regulate heat well so that they are comfortable whether it’s 25 or 55 degrees! I think this is because of the design. It has thicker wool in some places plus Aireator mesh on top of the foot.
  • They remain warm, even when wet. This is great because your socks are bound to get wet at some point (especially in the spring when it’s extremely wet, but not cold enough for big winter booties.)
  • They feel thick without being bulky. I have some wool socks that are so thick they don’t fit into my shoes at all! But the Woolie Boolies feel thick and cushy while still being just thin enough to fit into my cycling shoes! (They aren’t super thin though – if you want a lightweight wool sock, try the DeFeet WoolEator instead.)
  • The cuff length is just right. At 4″, the cuff comes up high enough that it’s above my winter cycling shoes or hiking boots and is long enough to tuck underneath tights to seal out wind… but not so obnoxiously long that they feel like shin pads. It doesn’t slide down, either, so you never have to adjust them.
  • Durability is impressive. I take good care of my clothing so it usually lasts a while, but I love these socks so much I sometimes wear them all day long for days at a time! Even so, they have outlasted many other wool socks! (These socks have a 34% nylon, 64% wool, 2% Lycra blend, so that could be part of the durability equation vs 100% wool socks.)
  • Comfort! I can’t say enough about the comfort of these socks! They are extremely soft and utilize a nearly seamless design. From now on I might forget about other brands and just wear Woolie Boolies every day during the winter!
  • Easy to care for. While most of my cycling garments recommend hand wash and hang dry, these Defeet socks are easy. “Machine wash cold, tumble-dry low, no chlorine bleach.” So you just throw them in the washing machine! You could hand wash them, but they seem plenty durable enough for the washing machine, so do whatever you want.
  • Made in the USA. It’s so hard to find anything made in the USA these days. Nothing against China and Taiwan, but sometimes you just want to wear something made in your own country!

One final note on the sizing:

I wear shoe size 11.5 or 12, so I got size Large in these socks, which is for shoe sizes 9.5 – 11.5. It was a perfect fit!

I have purchased XL socks before for shoe sizes 12 and up, but those tend to be too big, and might be better off as “13 and up.”

My final verdict is…

While I haven’t worn every wool sock out there, these Defeet Woolie Boolies are my current favorite wool sock. I wear them for running, hiking, and biking, but I love them so much it’s not unusual for me to wear them all day long!

For $12, I recommend grabbing a couple pairs of these for cool and cold weather.

Official website: DeFeet.com

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Product Review Details
Company: DeFeet
Product: DeFeet Woolie Boolie Socks
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2009-12-15
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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3 Comments
  1. How does this product compare to the DeFeet Blaze? The Blaze has been my go-to sock for winter riding.

  2. @Hannah

    The Woolie Boolie and Blaze look very similar. The Blaze could be a bit thicker though. I’ll have to try the Blaze and compare.

  3. We have been using these socks for the past month and have found them to be excellent!

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