Sock Comparison Chart

We carry a range of socks by J.B. Field's, Devold and Arriva. Please use the chart below to help determine which socks will meet your needs. Definitions for common sock terms are given at the bottom of the chart.


Sock Content Length Use Features Care
Merino Casual Sock
by J.B. Field's
96% Merino
4% Nylon
10" • Casual or dress • Firm Smooth knit Machine Wash
Tumble Dry
Vagden No Ordinary Sock
by J.B. Field's
65% Merino
30% Nylon
5% Lycra Spandex
12" • Casual • Terry cushion sole Machine Wash
Tumble Dry
Super Wool Hiker GX
by J.B. Field's
74% Merino
30% Nylon
6% Lycra Spandex
12" • All season hiking • Dense knit
• Terry cushioning
Machine Wash
Tumble Dry
Nansen Sock
by Devold
80% Wool
18% Nylon
2% Lycra Spandex
12" • Wear with heavy boots
• Year 'round with waders
•Terry cushioning inside Hand Wash Cold
Dry flat
Super Wool Thermal Hiker
by J.B. Field's
65% Merino
28% Nylon
7% Lycra Spandex
11" • Winter hiking
• Snow sports
• Full featured
• Heavy sock
• Graded compression

Machine Wash
Tumble Dry
30 Below XLR
by J.B. Field's
70% Merino
25% Nylon
5% Lycra Spandex
12" • Hiking
• Snow sports
• Thick dense sock
• Terry cushioning
Machine Wash
Tumble Dry
Travel-Tec Sock
by Arriva
30% Holofiber
30% Sensura
22% Nylon
17% Elastic
1% Lycra Spandex
13" • Travel
• Extended standing
• Running

• Graded compression on leg
• Circulation enhancement
Machine Wash
Tumble Dry
Diabetic Crew Sock
by Arriva
78% Holofiber
20% Nylon
2% Lycra Spandex
10" • For sensitive feet • Non restricting leg Machine Wash
Tumble Dry
Possum House Socks
by Lothlorian
40% Possum
50% Merino Wool
19% Nylon
6" • Indoor wear
• Can be used instead of slippers
• Non-slip grips shaped in the koru design on soles
• Soft, thick and lightweight
Machine Wash (cold)
Dry flat

Ankle Support
A Lycra Spandex ankle support assists in keeping the sock in place.

Arch Support
A Lycra Spandex support on the ankle helps ensure that the sock stays in place. This arch support has proven very effective in reducing the need to re-position socks during arduous hiking.

Holofiber® is an innovative new textile that is moisture wicking, quick drying and has been shown to increase oxygenation. For more information please visit

Sensura® is a soft fiber with high capacity for wicking moisture away from the skin. For more information please visit

Smart Compression Technology
The compression, or elastic support of the leg, may be spread out along the leg, greatest at the bottom, less towards the top. This improves circulation by reducing the pooling of blood in the leg, and by eliminating the constriction of a top elastic hem.

Sock Length
The length (in inches) from the end of the heel to the top of the cuff.

Sock Size
Numerical sock sizes are given as the length of the foot in inches. This length does not correlate precisely with shoe size, as the fit depends on both the stretch of the sock and width of the foot. J.B. Field's wool socks and Arriva socks are made to stretch and adapt readily. If you are at the top of the range for a size, and your foot is wide, take the next size up. If you are at the bottom of the range for a size, and your foot is narrow, take the next size down.

J.B. Field's & Arriva Sock Size M L XL
Sock Size 9 - 10 10-13 13-15
Men's Shoe Size 4 - 8 8 - 12 12 - 16
Women's Shoe Size 5 - 9 9 - 13  

Devold socks are sized similarly to J.B. Field's:

Devold Sock Size M L  
Sock Size 8 - 10 11-13
Men's Shoe Size 3 - 8 9 - 12
Women's Shoe Size 4 - 9 10 - 13

Tapered Leg
Tapering of the leg provides a better fit, and reduces constriction of circulation often caused by a tight fit of the top section of the sock.

Technical Sock
A technical sock is knitted on advanced machines that allow placement of different fibers and stitches by specificity. Merino wool may be placed inside the sock. Nylon may be on the outside under the boot laces as well as on the toe and heel or elsewhere. Terry stitches may be placed inside for comfort, and varied in density. Stitches may be varied to enhance air circulation.