Are bamboo socks as good as people say?
Test Results –
So Sam calls me ‘the living laboratory’. I test on myself and Sam to get results in our life.
We test on ourselves, not animals. Why? Because we don’t believe in selling things just for the sake of it. We want to provide products that work, better than anything else.
Willing, unbiased humans. We just want the truth. This is what we’ve found. Please note, these tests aren’t to any regulatory body’s specifications, we wanted to test a number of features to see if they did what others say.
Socks – They came from all backgrounds, healthy, active, not healthy, not active. Some had gout, arthritis, athlete’s foot, others just wanted to try something different.
Some had sensitive feet, calf strains, bad circulation (cold feet). A mix of active and sedentary people were tested.
Activities these bamboo socks excelled in –
Work, bed, gumboots, skiing, tight shoes where you want a thin sock, flying (knee high socks are fantastic when flying long haul flights), running or sports where you need to keep your calves warm.
How they feel – softer and smoother than cotton, feels like warm silk kind of smooth.
Warmth – straight away they were warm and cosy in winter to put on.
Cool – we haven’t tested them in the heat of summer and if they’re cooler to wear. We will test soon, when temperatures rise.
Staying up – socks that collapse and lose their shape is a big bug bear of our testers. Their biggest hates were socks bunching up around their heels or for knee high socks, they fall down. For over 3 months, testers confirmed that these bamboo socks held their shape and didn’t fall down.
Comfortable – Most people don’t really care about the comfort of everyday items. A sock is a sock. But it becomes a problem when they have smelly, soggy/wet, itchy feet and the socks bunch around their heels. Then it’s embarrassing or really annoying. The people testing these socks loved putting them on. They felt an immediate sense of comfort when putting them on, and it made them want to use them.
Smelly shoes (anti fungal/anti bacterial) – Smelly shoes an be really embarrassing. Sweat and smell is a sign of bacteria. Some people have health issues (arthritis, gout, athlete’s foot) and find it hard not to have smelly shoes. Bamboo socks could help, however we suggest numerous other activities to help reduce the smell as it’s not just one miracle answer. Compared with synthetic socks, bamboo socks are better on the level of smelliness of their feet. Research below shoes show a significant difference to cotton socks.
Sweaty shoes (anti fungal/anti bacterial) – we’ve had people run, ski, work in them and every person has commented and noticed a difference compared to cotton socks which tend to get wet when exercising. The bamboo socks kept the sweat, dampness, wetness away from their feet and were more comfortable. See research below.
Itchiness – itchiness is only a problem with wool or synthetic socks from our tests results. Paying a bit more was, in their mind, worth it if they didn’t get the niggling pains of itchiness from those other materials. Bamboo socks weren’t itchy.
Thinness – these socks are thin. They’re fantastic for shoes where you need a thin sock. Or for gumboots, ski socks, bed socks, work boots, sports (soccer, running).
We are still testing the robustness and longevity of these socks.
Important Note: What we do know and recommend from testing, is that you wear these in shoes, on carpet. We don’t recommend wearing them on concrete, rough timber or stone. The reason, they can pith when on coarser floors and because they’re thin socks you’ll get a longer lifespan from them if you look after them.
Because they draw moisture away from the body, they can retain moisture and may take a little longer to dry. We don’t recommend using a dryer.
They loved these bamboo socks.
Any tips or cons….
Some people didn’t want slow drying socks (thick bamboo socks). They want fast drying socks.
So we’ve got thin socks for those people. Simple.
Be wary of claims
Most people say that they’re anti-bacterial, sustainable, use less chemicals, healthier, hygienic, deodorising, and hypoallergenic, is a natural deodoriser, durable etc. We prefer facts (our tests and proven research) over general claims.
Fact or Fiction? – Facts of Bamboo
“Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It can grow up to 1 metre overnight.
The yield from an acre of bamboo is 10 times greater than that from cotton. Bamboo needs no pesticides, chemical weeding, insecticides, and fungicide to grow, whilst cotton requires a large amount of harmful pesticides to grow.
Unlike cotton, bamboo needs no irrigation and bamboo clothing has three times service life span than cotton”
TX Wang 2009, Bamboo fibres and their unique properties, Bamboo bulletin, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 36-39
Skin allergies: It was also found that natural antibacterial function of bamboo fibres differs greatly from that of chemical antimicrobials in that bamboo does not cause skin allergies. (TX Wang 2009)
Antibacterial benefits were confirmed by the Japan Textile Inspection Association that, even after fifty times of washing, bamboo fibre fabrics still possess excellent antibacterial and bacteriostatic functions (TX Wang 2009)
Anti-bacterial Testing conducted by CTITC (China Textile Industry Testing Centre) Anti- bacteria test FZ/T 01021-92 conducted July 2003.
Testing Fabric > Bacteria Introduced > 24 hrs later bacteria Count > Performance
Bamboo fabric: 8.6 X 10,000(= 86,000)
0.2 X 100 (= 20) = 99.8% elimination
Cotton fabric: 2 X 100,000 (= 200,000)
1.1 X 100,000,000 (= 110,000,000) = 55,000% INCREASE
Similar scientific tests have been performed by various international textile testing laboratories. These can easily be accessed in numerous websites. In bamboo fabric, bacteria numbers were reduced to less than 0.2%.
Whereas in cotton fabric, bacteria number increased to 550 times the original. (refer:-www.bambrotex.com/second/bc_abt.htm)
Deodoriser: Bamboo fibre also has particular and natural functions of deodorization due to the presence of sodium copper chlorophyll. The deodorization rate of bamboo is 80% for the NH3 test. Under these circumstances, bamboo fibres promise their place in sanitary towels, gauze mask, absorbent pads, food packing, surgical clothes, operating coat and nurse dresses. (TX Wang 2009)
Cool: Bamboo is characterized by having excellent hygroscopic properties along with good ventilation, coolness, permeability and splendid colour effects of pigmentation. (TX Wang 2009)
Sweat and moisture is taken away from your skin: It has an outstanding wicking property as it wicks away moisture or perspiration in a second without clinging against body (TX Wang 2009)
This makes it a renewable resource that can be grown and regrown easily, without doing a lot of damage to the environment.
As it grows naturally and doesn’t have pests to ward off, pesticides and chemicals are minimal (we won’t say no chemicals, because we haven’t seen with our own eyes how it’s produced).
When compared to cotton, a lot of water is needed to get a cotton plant to grow. It takes up to 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton.
Processing bamboo and other fabrics is where more chemicals and pesticides are used. Sometimes they can bleach the fibre to be able to colour it is one such way, or the colours they use can include other chemicals.
We have tried to our best knowledge to source good quality, sustainable bamboo fabric. We are constantly striving to visit the factories and farms to ensure that we bring you the best quality.