While attending the 2018 Modern Day Marine Expo at Quantico, VA I had the pleasure of meeting Walter Kruger from LEGEND®. As I looked over his display of socks the LEGEND® socks looked unusual. Walter gave me a pair and explained why they were unique. He told me the LEGEND® socks used a mild but effective compression level to help improve blood flow and circulation to keep legs and feet feeling strong and fresh all day long.

They were made of soft merino wool which is naturally moisture wicking, breathable and odor resistant which creates a comfortable feel. The temperature regulating features of merino wool keeps your feet warm in cold temperatures and cool in hot temperatures. The other unique feature is all of the merino wool socks have a nylon wrapped covering to make them extra durable and LEGEND TUFF®.  I was so fascinated by these socks that I asked Walter if he could provide me a pair to evaluate over the next few months. Let me introduce you to the amazing LEGEND® (Cold Weather) Compression Merino Wool Tactical Boot Socks. These boot socks offer everything our Nation’s Armed Services, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and outdoor enthusiasts need in a sock.

Over the last few months I have tested these socks in a variety of conditions. I used them in a range of weather conditions, terrain, and on long hikes under load as I trained for a number of GO-RUCK events. I was especially impressed by the durability of the sock. Throughout my evaluation I noted some of the key construction attributes.

There is zero friction or irritation at the toe due to the seamless toe construction resulting in zero blisters, chafing, or hot spots. I also noted there is extra cushion throughout the entire sock for increased comfort and warmth. The merino wool yarn is wrapped in nylon for softness and durability resulting in zero shrinkage from washing. The spandex kept the socks up and in place and the compression over the arch of foot provided fantastic support and minimized fatigue.

I thought so highly of these socks I provided, a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, a pair to use while attending The Basic School at Quantico, VA. The individual wore these socks on several conditioning marches, field exercises in wet, cold, weather conditions, and during many endurance events. The individual told me these socks were without question exceptional. They kept his feet warm and they are very durable. He thought the socks helped his endurance and reduced fatigue and soreness while he was in the field and during endurance events.

I am overwhelmed by the quality and durability of these socks. The style, insulation, materials, and fit of these socks is outstanding. They are tough on the outside, full of cushion on the inside, and the moisture-managing Merino wool helps your feet stay comfortable on the inside. Keeping your feet at the right temperature helps keep the rest of your body at the right temperature, making for more comfortable working conditions. Why do these socks feel so good? I believe the graduated compression technology over the mid-calf and mild compression over the arch support battles fatigue and keeps your feet feeling great.


Differentiator – compression is right and not tight

Compression improves blood circulation & reduces swelling in the feet and legs

Improved endurance – feet & legs feel fresh after high impact activities & long hours on feet

Reduced fatigue & soreness

Temperature regulating – keep cool & stay warm

Comfort – all around cushioning

Superb wicking and breathability




These socks are designed for Legends. What I love most about this company is LEGEND® Compression Wear is a North Carolina All-American company. All of the LEGEND TUFF® Compression Merino Wool Tactical Boot Socks, LEGEND® Compression Performance Socks, Leg Sleeves & Recovery Socks are proudly made in North Carolina – USA. There mission is to “Extend the life of your legs” with their cutting edge Graduated Compression Technology. These socks are designed for Legends.

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I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By M Beach

M is a multi-skilled professional with over 34 yrs of combined military and government service. He joined the Marine Corps in 1983, commanding infantry and reconnaissance units at multiple levels and served in a variety of staff positions. He has deployed multiple times to the Pacific and the Middle East to include combat tours in Kuwait, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan in a variety of capacities. Since retiring from the military M has continued his government service. He is an avid outdoorsman and athlete. He enjoys shooting sports, hiking, hunting, working out (swim, bike, run), and participating in endurance style events like Go-Ruck and Tough-Mudder, which promote camaraderie and teamwork. He completed the Infantry Officer Course, US Army Airborne Parachutist Course, US Army Ranger School, US Army Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, US Army Jumpmaster Course, US Army Special Forces Qualification Course, and US Army Airborne Freefall Parachutist Course. He earned the following decorations Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Stars and Combat ‘V’, and Meritorious Service Medal. M subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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