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Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Sock Cushion

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Sock Cushion hiking/backpacking sock

Among the best of the best synthetic light hiking socks ever made!


  • Great fit, secure on your foot
  • Extra tight piles for cushioning
  • Wicks moisture
  • Doesn't shrink

Getting my gear together to complete an East to West hike across England and I decided to update my hiking socks so I bought several pairs from several different premium brands. I've been testing them out on local 5 mile hikes and comparing each of the brands I've purchased, before and after washings, after multiple washings, etc.

No shrinking of the synthetic Coolmax Darn Tough sock was noticed at all. The padding (piles) along the bottom of the socks is woven noticeably tighter than many of the other brands I've tried. Loose piles in some other brands allows the foot to slip a bit during wear, but these Darn Tough Coolmax held tight and true, exactly what you want in a premium hiking sock.

In addition to the synthetic blend Coolmax Darn Tough purchased, I also tried (and love) the Darn Tough Merino Wool light hiking socks. Coming in close in quality are the Cabela's In-GENIUS socks, they are a synthetic blend that is very very good. On the other hand I literally threw away a pair of medium padded Cabela's wook hikers, that did not make my final cut.

I now have about a half dozen pairs of the Darn Tough micro-crew socks and they clearly are my first choice when I go out for a 5 mile local hike of if I go hit the trail. I'll be asking for more for my birthday!

At the bottom end of my final cut list are the POINT 6 socks. They are not as good as the Cabela's In-GENIUS socks, nor do they meet up to my top ranking Darn Tough socks (both the Coolmax and the Wool), but the POINT 6 socks are pretty darn good. Won't buy any more of them, but I won't throw them away. Totally missing my top quality list (SmartWool, Woolrich, Cabela's wool hikers)

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $16

I started the A/T this year with three pair of these socks and finished with the same three pair. After 4 months and 2100+ miles these socks look and feel great. They held up to the constant water, mud and miles.

Darn Tough socks are all I wear now.

Price Paid: $14

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