Mauna Kea use natural materials, and their hemp and cotton blend ensures both quick-drying and high moisture absorption. As the elastic is not concentrated on one part of the sock, it reduces itching and stress on the skin. The socks are knitted in a tubular shape, and the diameter is constant. Therefore, the comfort of the sock is not determined by the pattern but by the knit and thickness of yarn. A standard knitting machine uses 170-180 stitches, whereas their machines which have been in use for over 25 years, use 60 stitches. The loose knit means thicker yarn can be used, and the flexibility afforded by the low gauge makes the sock more comfortable, as it takes the shape of each unique wearer. There are many new synthetic materials which have high moisture absorption and are quick-drying, however these merely reproduce the properties of natural materials such as hemp and cotton. By striking the right balance between hemp and cotton, it is possible to create socks that are breathable, long lasting and above all comfortable.