darn tough vermont socks, minimal durability and warranty does not include refund option. socks typically start going bald (self destruct) after the first or second machine wash. even if you select delicate and let them air dry. once the bald spots start, wearing through them is relatively quick and easy. lifespan of less than 3 months not surprising, even with a rather sedentary daily routine (zero sports/activities) and around 200 pounds overall mass. a new issue that is cropping up seems to be grotesque size variance. using XL sock size with the first batch had few comfort issues. now the warranty XL replacements are one or two sizes smaller even though labeled as XL. essentially insult to injury... company product fail, possible material reduction to increase quantity of output at a lower cost. with all socks, results will vary person to person in regards to durability and cost effective longevity. so far i have found the brand to be another waste of time and money. unfortunately smartwool brand isnt any better. their warranty is shorter, paperwork (print out warranty form), and much longer replacement timeline (month or two). their durability is minimally better than vermont. both brands were purchased locally from an authorized dealer. the dealers ratio of showroom displays was amusing. one or two of darn tough brand and at least 4 or 5 of smartwool. possible brand preference? i have wasted over 100$ on this outhouse wallpaper grade of socks which does not include the COST of sending in warranty pairs which is now around 6 or 7 pairs. with premium upfront cost plus the cost of sending back durability failures, it is far more cost effective to buy bulk cheap socks and feed your local landfill. unless your area has a recycling program for clothing which doesnt involve selling to china. especially since they aint buying such materials, anymore. if i had more energy perhaps this complaint could be upgraded to rant level, worthy of Lewis Black. the exponential exposure would be worth it. maybe whip this into a screenplay called holey socks, this sux..