Keen Olympus Medium Crew
Comfortable hiking sock that's designed uniquely for…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $17
Comfortable hiking sock that's designed uniquely for each foot (right and left foot specific socks).
- Thicker padding under heel and front area of foot
- Wool blend wicks moisture
- Design of right/left sock has the big toe area longer than the rest of the toe area
- Durable material
- toe area is seamless
- The right/left unique design is a little gimmicky
I've worn a lot of different socks for hiking and backpacking and usually don't really notice them unless they are a bad fit (normally from shrinking too much in the dryer) or they bunch up under the toes. I have been impressed with these socks in that having the longer big toe area seems to relieve a bit of pressure, but this might also be because I try not to dry my socks in the dryer anymore and also stretch them some while they are still wet. If you re-wear your socks while camping, they can sometimes retain the form of your foot.
I've noticed that if I put the sock I wore on one foot on the other foot, often times the material will bunch up. With these Keen socks, having the little R and L on the sock will remind you.
These do a good job of wicking moisture and I normally do well with just this one pair on. I have a few pair that I'll wear a liner with because the material is a bit scratchy (higher wool content I assume). I've also noticed that the padding on the soles of these socks do a nice job of cushioning the impact area.