Lorpen Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock

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Favorite sock for hiking and everything else. These…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Favorite sock for hiking and everything else.


  • Comfortable
  • Odor control
  • Moisture wicking
  • Durable


  • None

These are my all around favorite socks — period. I wear them with jeans, shorts, khakis, etc and all kinds of shoes. They are a great weight, thinner than some other wool socks I own (hence the "light" adjective in the name) which makes them more versatile as they don't make my shoes fit too tight and they are a little less warm during summer use.

They give all the benefits of wool: they are cool in warm weather and warm in cool weather. I can use these in any conditions and would only opt for a thicker sock when the temps get sub freezing. They control moisture very well and remain dry under heavy use in hot weather (unlike cotton socks). I've been pretty blown away when I remove them after a full day of hiking and they are bone dry.

They control odor well too and can be worn for a couple of days without any major stinkage (once again, unlike cotton socks which get funky quickly). I intentionally wear these for at least two days before washing them, which cuts down a bit on laundry volume. They also wear more graciously against the skin than cotton and are much less prone to causing blisters — a big advantage on the trail.

All in all these are a great hiking sock & a great everyday sock. Unless you need something thicker for extra warmth, these are it.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Lorpen's Men's Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

When you're out camping and decide to explore the nearby trails, you'll love the breathable comfort of the Men's Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock. Merino wool is soft and highly breathable, and does not hold odors, so you could air this sock out when you get back to your campsite and wear it again the next day. A little bit of strategically placed nylon improves durability as well as helps wick moisture and shorten dry time, and Lycra adds comfortable stretch that allows the sock to conform to the shape of your foot and stay put. A mesh instep minimizes bulk while promoting heat and moisture release, multi-density knit provides cushioning at all the right places, and the flat knit toe seam prevents chafing.

- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version

Description of Lorpen Merino Shorty Light HikerLorpen operates in an industry with a spectacular appetite for performance improvement, and its not reasonable to think that the same yarn with the same old construction is perfect for every temperature or activity there are some merino sheep out there that would like you to believe this. Their research and development department along with our filed testers all over the world are continually evaluating a wide assortment of socks made from natural, synthetic and blended yarns in a wide range of terrain and environments... and the number of new yarns available to them has never been greater.The groundswell of world wide concern for the environment is changing Lorpen as a company, challenging them to evaluate everything about how they conduct their business, from the yarns they use to the packaging and catalogues they produce - using resources more efficiently, looking for natural sustainable alternatives when they can find them... even evaluating thier yarn suppliers to ensure they too are working towards being more ecologically sensitive is important to Lorpen as a company.Features75 new Merion wool, 15 polymide, 10 lycraNew merino wool inner layerExcellent moisture management and softnessOuter layer made of polymide for strengthAdditional lycra sections help to keep the sock in place on the footTwo-level polymide sections for high friction areas

- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version