I've owned the Easton and Bauer offerings. These socks are absolutely the best. As a goalie I don't have much need for the slash protection but its nice to know it's there just in case. The fit is perfect for my foot and performance is as advertised. Since I'm on the ice for every second of the game I required something that wasn't bulky but kept my feet warm. I also like to be able to have my toes move a little in the boot. These sock are thin enough in the foot to allow your foot to move naturally. They are thick and durable enough though to stand up to a ton of use and washings. The fibers in the calf area make the sock feel cold from the outside, but there is not transfer to the inside. Best sock I've owned.