The Heysen Trail Gear Review Akeso Socks

Jono’s 2019 Gear Review – The Heysen Trail

Jonathan Vallario gives us a bona fide review of his single pair of Akeso Socks that he took on the massive 1,200km Heysen Trail in South Australia. 


Socks that don’t smell or need washing?

I was very sceptical at first. I honestly thought it was a joke. Anyway, I got a pair and decided to take them on The Heysen Trail, a gruelling 1200km trek through South Australia.

How on Earth could they not smell?

This would be the ultimate test. So after the first day of about 17km I took my shoe off and smelled my sock. Nothing. Just the faint smell of leather and fabric but no odour. Am I on crazy pills? What is this Sorcery I thought. Surely they are going to buckle.

Days went on, kilometers racked up by the 100’s and each time I sniffed my socks, there was still no odour. WOW! These really do work! Coming from a huge sceptic, this is unbelievable. I even got my brother to smell them and he couldn’t smell anything either.

At the 200km mark I accidently threw that pair of socks in the wash along with the rest of my clothes. They didn’t need it anyway and so after 53 days and 1000km without a wash, I went for the final smell with my brother at the finish line and yep, nothing. They held on, even the physical fabric of the socks was intact, only a slight stretch in the left sock but no holes or anything like that! So they passed the Jono test and completely proved me wrong.

1.6 million steps

I wore them everyday, every step, all of approximately 1.6 million. I had a spare backup pair of socks I wore to bed and around the campsite, but these did every hiking step and I will never have to make up my mind as to which socks I will take hiking again.

Akeso, well done. 5 stars.

 


Check out Jono’s full gear review:
Jono’s Full Kit:
  • DEUTER 50+10 AIRCONTACT LITE BACKPACK
  • OSA BRANDS 2.0 LITRE HYDRAPAK ELITE
  • JETBOIL ZIP + 4X100ML GAS CANISTERS
  • SEA TO SUMMIT SPARK 3 SLEEPING BAG
  • SEA TO SUMMIT ULTRALITE INSULATED SLEEPING MAT
  • SEAS TO SUMMIT AEROS ULTRALITE PILLOW
  • MSR HUBBA HUBBA NX 2 MAN TENT W/FOOTPRINT AND EXTRA PEGS
  • ADVENTURECO 24OZ METAL WATER CANTEEN
  • BEFREE KATADYN 600ML WATER FILTRATION BOTTLE
  • SEA TO SUMMIT SPORK ULTRALITE
  • SWISS ARMY KNIFE EXPLORER
  • GARMIN INREACH MINI GPS
  • BIOLITE 360 HEADLIGHT
  • RAYBAN NEW WAYFARERS
  • CHAPSTICK STRAWBERRY
  • CARMEX LIP MOISTURISER
  • ZINC RED AND BLUE
  • WILDERNESS WEAR BUFF
  • HELINOX CHAIR ZERO
  • EXTRA SMALL TORCH
  • SEA TO SUMMIT MICROFIBRE POCKET TOWEL LARGE
  • FIZAN COMPACT TREKKING POLES X 2
  • AMK.5 ULTRALIGHT FIRST AID KIT
  • SNAKE BITE KIT
  • AEROGARD
  • BETADINE
  • BEPANTHEN
  • AQUIM HAND SANITIZER
  • PANADOL
  • GASTROSTOP
  • NUROFEN
  • EXTRA BANDAIDS
  • HYDRALITE TABLETS ORANGE AND PURPLE
  • BIC LIGHTER X 2
  • SLINGSHOT
  • WIRE HANDSAW
  • BOOK
  • TOILET PAPER
  • TROWEL
  • CARABINERS X 2
  • ANKER 10000MAH POWER BANK
  • CYGNETT 10000MAH POWER BANK
  • WALK AND TALK 6000MAH POWER BANK
  • USB CABLES FOR CHARGING
  • WALL CHARGERS X 2
  • ANKER 5 WAY USB ADAPTER
  • GOOGLE PIXEL PHONE
  • FLINT STEEL
  • KEYCARD AND LICENCE IN RUBBERBAND
  • CASH
  • SUUNTO CLIPPER COMPASS
  • ELECTRICAL TAPE
  • CABLE TIES
  • RED AND BLACK TEXTAS
  • PEN
  • HAND WARMERS
  • WORK GLOVES
  • SHERPA WARM GLOVES
  • EARPLUGS X 8
  • PORTABLE CLOTHESLINE
  • BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH
  • ORAL B TOOTHPASTE
  • Q-TIPS x 20
  • NU-BRUSH COMB
  • SMALL MESH BAG FOR TOILETRIES
  • ZIPLOCK BAGS X 2
  • SMALL GARBAGE BAGS X 2
  • SEA TO SUMMIT COMPRESSION SACK SMALL
  • SEA TO SUMMIT DRY BAG 1 LITRE
  • MARMOT 700 DOWN JACKET
  • ARCTERYX ZETA AR RAIN SHELL
  • KATHMANDU THERMAL T SHIRT
  • ICEBREAKER THERMAL LONG SLEEVE
  • THERMAL LONG JOHNS FROM EBAY
  •  PYJAMA PANTS
  • JACK WOLFSKIN RED RIVER FLANNO
  • HARLEY DAVIDSON BANDANA
  • KATHMANDU XT VERSO HIKING PANTS
  • MERRELL MOAB 2 HIKING BOOTS
  • HOLEPROOF EXPLORER SOCKS FOR BED
  • AKESO SOCKS FOR HIKING
  • KATHMANDU QUICK-DRI BRIEFS  X 4
  • OUTDOOR RESEARCH HELIUM RAIN-PAINTS
  • OSPREY ULTRALITE RAIN BACKPACK COVER
  • PARACORD BRACELET
  • RIP CURL CLASSIC SURF WATCH
  • PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCHY
  • BACKCOUNTRY DEHYDRATED MEALS X 10 (5 DAY SUPPLY)
  • OLD EL PASO TORTILLA WRAPS X 10
  • CLIF BARS X 6
  • UNCLE BEN’S RICE SACHETS X 2
  • SRIRACHA MAYO HOTSAUCE
  • MUESLI BARS
  • TUNA TEMPTERS OR TUNA SACHETS X 2
  • CHOCOLATE BLOCK
  • PARTYMIX JELLIES
  • TEA
  • HONEY

ITEMS THAT GOT DISCARDED, SENT HOME OR BROKE

  • FISHING HAND REEL
  • SOG SEALPUP ELITE KNIFE
  • HALVED PANADOL, GASTROSTOP AND NUROFEN
  • TINEA TREATMENT CAN
  • EXTRA JACK WOLFSKIN RED RIVER FLANNO
  • EXTRA KATHMANDU THERMAL T SHIRT
  • SEA TO SUMMIT TPU WATERPROOF MAPS CASE
  • WIDE BRIMMED HAT
  • PLIERS
  • SCREWDRIVERS PHILLIPS AND FLAT
  • CHEAP EBAY AIR MATTRESS
  • SEA TO SUMMIT ETHERLITE INSULATED MATTRESS (REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY)
  • MERRELL MOAB 2 BOOTS (REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY)
  • FIZAN COMPACT TREKKING POLES (REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY)
  • SHERPA GLOVES (REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY)
  • SEA TO SUMMIT X-SET 2PIECE
  • GEOCACHES
  • LEATHER TOILETRIES CASE
  • PLAYING CARDS
  • FLUSHABLE WIPES


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Sizes AU/US Size UK Size Euro Size
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Women’s Men’s
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4-6
2-4
35-37
Medium
6-8
4-6
36-39
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8-10 6-8
6-8 5-8
38-41 39-42
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10-12 9-13
8-10 8-12
40-43 42-46