When it comes to hiking gear, feet are one place you don’t want to scrimp. Sore, achy, sweaty, blistered feet can ruin your whole hiking day. So when my last pair of sturdy hiking socks finally gave up the ghost, it was time to find some more. What I look for in hiking socks:
- A full-length sock, with lots of fabric for a roll-down option. Quarter or mini lengths won’t do.
- Lightweight but sturdy
- Good cushioning
- Easy care
- Don’t cost the equivalent of All the Tea in China
- I always buy men’s socks. They last longer. I don’t know why. They just do.
I’ve hiked in all kinds of socks. I’ve used a two-sock method, wearing a light cotton sock as a “base layer” and a heavier, thicker boot sock over that. It works okay, but if you want your feet to feel like “royalty,” I recommend merino wool socks. As Gear Assistant explains:
Merino wool is, simply put, one of the best fabrics you can buy for any kind of wilderness travel. In fact, there are so many benefits of merino wool that it’s commonly called a ‘miracle’ fiber. To name a few, it’s warm and cool, soft and stretchy, breathable, sustainable and doesn’t hold any odor.
Merino wool, from merino sheep, is also:
- Odor resistant
- Static resistant
- Super soft
- Super sstretchy
- Fire resistant
- UV protective
- Machine washable
You’ll pay a little more for merino wool socks. But out on the trail, feet rule. Treat them right. Aren’t your tootsies worth it?