Hiking/Backpacking Socks

The best hiking/backpacking socks, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 30, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Hiking/Backpacking Sock Reviews

Mund Socks Makalu

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good soft winter socks. Warm socks from the Spain company Mund. But not by any stretch suitable for -25C. I've worn these in temperatures ranging from 12C up to -7C and these were not warm enough.It features Primaloft's synthetic yarn blended with merino wool by an unknown percentage.One would expect for an L and R indication. But these are all "L". Weird...It features an almost seamless construction. Except in the toe area. Full review

Smartwool Men's PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Smartwool makes some comfortable, cushioned, and breathable merino wool socks that people rave about, but in my opinion, may not be the best merino socks out there. Smartwool makes some comfortable, cushioned, and breathable merino wool socks that people rave about, but in my opinion, may not be the best merino socks out there. I'm evaluating these socks against five other pairs of socks that I've worn over the last few years. These socks look great and fit great—no excess, no bulging, no binding,… Full review

Feetures! Merino+ Cushion Crew Sock

rated 4 of 5 stars A great pair of socks that are comfortable, cushioned, and breathable. Feetures makes some comfortable, cushioned, and breathable merino wool socks that have surprised me with their performance and durability. I'm evaluating these socks against five other pairs of socks that I've worn over the last few years. These socks look great and fit great—no excess, no bulging, no binding, just a great fit. The are comfortable right out of the packaging.   The socks have a decent amount of elastic and… Full review

Darn Tough Merino Micro Crew Sock Cushion

rated 5 of 5 stars Great sock right out of the package. Wore them several times without washing and there was no stretch. I certainly recommend them and will buy more. Not much more to say about the socks than what I put in the summary. Fit was good, no chafing, second or third time I wore them was in the rain—no problems.  Full review

Woolx Fearless Socks Crew Length Full Cushion

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an extremely tough, durable, and comfortable pair of socks! I have used these socks for three-season wear, hiking, and snowshoeing in cold and warm temperatures. I have also found them a warm sock to wear under my dry suit booties for cold water paddling. They are reasonably priced, and I am comfortable recommending them to other folks.                                                      Manufacturer's photo During my outdoor pursuits… Full review

Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Crew

rated 4 of 5 stars Great socks! Own several pairs of these—initially bought for hiking—pretty much wear all fall/winter. Smartwool makes a great sock. Very happy with them. Full review

Mountain Lodge Merino Wool Outdoor Sport Socks

rated 4 of 5 stars Mountain Lodge Merino Wool Outdoor Sport Socks are a great option for day hiking and casual wear when your day includes hiking boots/shoes and casual footwear. They may also be good for those who hike with liner socks. I bought these socks on a lark to see if I could add some personality to my hiking sock collection. Don't get me wrong, function and comfort are more important than fashion on the trail. However, as a long-time lover of socks with personality, I couldn't pass these up.  Fit and Comfort… Full review

Fox River PrimaHike Socks

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Warm, medium weight hiking socks with an anatomical fit. Primaloft and Merino wool for a great feel. Available in two heights. Fox River was kind enough to supply two pairs of PrimaHike socks for testing and I have been doing just that since this past fall. I have used them for hiking, mountain biking, gym workouts, and just casual use. The PrimaHiker sock is available in crew and quarter crew heights. Fabric: 41% nylon, 26% PrimaLoft@ acrylic, 26% Merino wool, 4% NanoGlide nylon, 3% Spandex Technology:… Full review

Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars I find these socks more durable than Smartwools, which I have stopped purchasing because I punch/wear through the toe area in a short period of time. Although I like the similar socks from Darn Tough, including: Hike/Trek Light Cushion (1913), Nordic (1820) and X-Country (1420); I find the Point6 to be more comfortable. They are not as stiff or tight as the DT's and have just the right amount of stretch to them. The listed DT socks give very little. I find these socks comfortable, durable and easy… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Darn Tough Merino Boot Sock Full Cushion
$19 - $25
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino Micro Crew Sock Cushion
$10 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew
$10 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Sock Cushion
$16 - $21
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Crew
$7 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Hike Mid Crew Sock
$13 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FITS Sock Light Hiker Crew
$10 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen T3 Light Hiker
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Coolmesh II Crew Sock
$10 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough ATC Boot Sock Cushion
$24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock
$7 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Farm to Feet Franklin Camp Crew Everyday
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Extra Cushion
$21 - $28
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Sock
$13 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Endurance Trekker
$10 - $21
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Endurance Summit
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fox River Wick Dry Explorer Sock
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Expedition Trekking Sock
$22
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Crew
$16 - $17
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Sock
$16 - $20
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Sock
$10 - $24
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wigwam Hiking/Outdoor Pro
$15 - $16
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Escape Crew
$11 - $18
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker Crew
$16 - $28
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Point6 Hiking Tech Light Mini Crew
$13 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks
$19 - $23
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Mini
$11 - $14
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Medium Crew
$7 - $21
Bridgedale Merino Summit Hiking Sock
$5 - $12
Smartwool Hiker Street
$11 - $20
Smartwool Walking Light Crew Sock
$12 - $16
Wigwam 40 Below Sock
$15
REI Merino Wool Light Hiker II Sock
$11
Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion
$24
L.L.Bean Cresta Hiking Socks
$18 - $29
Teko Organic SIN3RGI Midweight Hiking Sock
$10
FITS Sock Light Hiker Quarter
$10 - $18
Smartwool Hunt Heavy Crew Sock
$23
Wigwam Merino Comfort Lite Hiker Crew
$14
Icebreaker Hike Lite Crew Sock
$20
Ascend Heavyweight Trekker
$16
Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion
$8 - $21
EMS Summit Wool Sock
$30
Fox River Wick-Dry Outlander Boot Sock
$10 - $12
Icebreaker Hike Lite Mini Sock
$15 - $20
Ascend Hiker 2.0 Quarter
$15
REI Merino Wool Midweight Crew Sock
$12
FITS Sock Expedition Boot
$21
Smartwool Hiking Medium Crew Sock
$8 - $19
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