Pastajet’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Pearly’s Possum Socks

Pearly’s Possum Socks are one of the most comfortable socks I have worn of any sort, and they feel like a pair super of comfy bedroom slippers. The socks compress nicely against the foot, and are incredibly soft, thick and tough. These suckers cuddle the feet, and they combine the warmth , durability and water repellency of Merino Wool and luxuriousness and plushness of Possum Fur. Possums are quadrupedal diprotodont marsupials with long thick tails, and this particular case they use fur from the Common Brushtail Possum. Sorry, I am not going to touch the ethics of New Zealand’s Possum fur trade. The socks come in three sizes, small, medium and large, and one color and style, and retail for $58.

They are a bit on the thick side of things, so they might not fit in a tighter fitting shoe, but they are about perfect in shoes worn for the winter or off seasons. I not only wore them for cold bike rides and hikes, but they became my favorite sock to wear around the house, sometimes in sandals. While out riding my feet felt very comfortable in the shoes, and the socks provided lots of cushioning and a great deal of warmth, at least down into the low 20′s on a couple of test rides. I felt like my feet were well encased in my shoes, and they offered both comfort and stability. They also kept my feet warm when they got wet from snow or water, and made what would usually be a miserable experience into something tolerable or hardly noticeable. The socks have great temperature control and wickability, and I never noticed or felt any issues with perspiration when my feet got warmer, which is very valuable since you don’t want clammy feet in the cold. They never got stinky and were simple to wash, which greatly added to their benefits.

They are pretty expensive at $58 a pair, but they are very durable and long lived, and can be used for multiple activities, such as running, biking, hiking, and wearing around the house. These have outlasted many other pair of so called winter socks, and outside of some mild pilling, they have never given me any issues. The reinforced heel and toe help with the durability, which are both areas of high wear. As I stated earlier, they’re one of the most comfortable socks I have ever worn, period. The Pearly’s Possum Socks give you warmth, comfort, softness, durability and water-repellant qualities in an excellent long lived and tough sock, well worth the steep price of admission.

Pearly’s Possum Socks Specs:

  • MSRP: $58
  • Specs: 45% Fine Merino Wool, 40% Pure Possum Fur, 10% Nylon/Lycra, 5% Isofil
  • Durable Heel
  • Arch Support
  • Compression Fit

Stuffitts

Stuffits are drying inserts that combat moisture and kill odor in personal wearable gear, including helmets, gloves, footwear, gear bags and packs. The form fitting inserts are soft, lightweight and re-usable, and are meant to be used in gear overnight to facilitate drying and deodorizing. They contain a filling which is comprised of a specially processed, eco-friendly Eastern Red Cedar, which is a natural drying material with antimicrobial and antifungal properties. The filling last around a year or so if used daily, but they’ll likely last longer than that, until they’ll need replacement. The outer cloth of the insert uses the Microban antimicrobial protection to help prevent the growth of odor causing bacteria. These inserts will not only reduce odor and absorb wetness and control bacteria, but they will increase the longevity of shoes and gloves, because moisture and bacteria wrecks havoc on the materials and construction of them.

For Shoes – Pro
Price $24.95

The Stuffitts Sport Pro is their flagship model of their shoe lineup, in what they call a complete portable drying system. It utilizes a shaped foam forefoot which fits nicely into the toe-box of a shoe, and it has a carry strap, and comes in four sizes, small, medium, large and x-large, and comes in Red or Black, and retails for $24.95. The inserts filling is a specially processed, eco-friendly Eastern Red Cedar, which is a natural drying material with antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It uses the Microban antimicrobial protection on the micro-poly wicking fabric of the insert to combat odor causing bacteria. The insert has an innovative foot-shaped form, so it not only easily slides into the shoe, but it conforms and fills all the nooks and crannies. It uses a firmly compacted Cedar fill, so that it works fine even when compressed or jammed into a shoe. Perspiration and general wetness can cause damage to the shoe, accelerating wear and tear. In addition, bacteria wrecks havoc on a pair of shoes, and they quickly become unbearable stink monsters. The Stuffitts work excellently with shoes, and the insert dries things quicker, and drastically controls odor. It’s rare to say that your shoes smell pleasant? The additional conformability of the Pro model means it does a more effective job of drying and removing odor.

Stuffitts For Shoes– Sport
Price $14.95

The Stuffitts Sport is the basic plain Jane model of their shoes inserts, and it comes in four sizes, small, medium, large and x-large, and comes in Red or Black, and retails for $14.95. The Sport has a tapered shape so it works well with tighter and narrower shoes. It uses a firmly compacted Cedar fill, so that it works fine when compressed or jammed into a shoe. It uses the Microban protection on the fabric of the insert to combat odor causing bacteria. Perspiration and general wetness can cause damage to the shoe, accelerating wear and tear. In addition, bacteria wrecks havoc on a pair of shoes, and they quickly become unbearable stink monsters. The Stuffitts work excellently with shoes, and the insert dries things quicker, and drastically controls odor. It’s rare to say that your shoes smell pleasant?

Stuffitts For Helmets-Half-Cut
Price $19.95

The Stuffitts For Helmets comes in two versions, one for full faced or ear coverage helmets and one for vented AM/XC helmets, which are named the Full-Cut and Half-Cut respectively, and they come in Red or Black, and retail for $19.95 each. The re-usable inserts helps control the damage that moisture can cause in the interior of a helmet and keeps the odor in check. The insert for each version comes in one size, and it’s easy to squish down into the helmet, where it sits nice and snug. The insert has a sea shell shape with pleads that offer a three dimensional fit to conform to the interior of the helmet, and it contours properly to give the same uniform thickness, so that the Cedar fillings moisture and odor controlling properties works effectively. It uses the Microban protection on the fabric of the insert to combat odor causing bacteria. I have noticed that a helmet’s padding wears and breaks down quicker because the bacteria and moisture cause damage to it. The insert dries things quicker, and certainly removes the odor, though it was odd to get a faint whiff of Cedar while out riding, and you’d swear someone was cutting fresh Cedar.

Stuffitts For Gloves–Thin-Layered
Price $14.95

The Stuffitts For Gloves uses a form-fitted insert, which contains a firmly compacted Cedar fill, and comes in two versions, the Thick-Padded and Thin-Layered, and comes in Red or Black, and retails for $14.95. The Thick-Padded is meant for ski gloves and those with thicker amounts of insulation, while the Thin-Layered is applicable for most normal gloves (like bike gloves). The re-usable inserts helps control the damage that moisture can cause to a glove and keeps the odor in check. I definitely sweat a lot in my gloves, and between the moisture, dirt, and built up bacteria, they can get pretty rank. It uses the Microban protection on the fabric of the insert to combat odor causing bacteria. The flat and rectangular shape of the insert means they fit snugly when inserted, and it offers good coverage around the palm and backhand, and the handy nylon strap makes it easy to hang them up to dry. The insert dries things quicker, and removes the odor, and it has kept the gloves more pliable for a longer period of time. I enjoyed not sticking on a stinky pair of gloves!

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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