Hiking/Backpacking Socks

Recent Hiking/Backpacking Sock Reviews

Bridgedale Men's Hike Lightweight Boot Coolmax Comfort

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and cool enough for summer use for those like me who have hot feet. Good for hundreds of miles of blister-free walking. After boots, socks are probably the most crucial decision any walker, hiker, or trekker will make yet they are seriously underrated. The humble sock is a vital piece of kit and deserves a great deal of consideration to find the right pair. I learned the hard way… I ended up abandoning a long distance trail after two days because I thought I could get away with a… Full review

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

Lorpen Expedition Polartec/Primaloft Sock
$70 MSRP
CEP Trekking 02 Compression Sock
$60 MSRP
Smartwool PhD Graduated Compression Ultra Light Sock
$30 - $49
Smartwool PhD Graduated Compression Light Sock
$7 - $19
Smart Socks Ultimate Hiking Bundle
$35 MSRP
EMS Summit Wool Sock
$30
Columbia PHG Omni-Heat Boot Sock
$30 MSRP
Columbia Omni-Heat Hiker Sock
$30 MSRP
Icebreaker Mountaineer Mid Calf Sock
$22 - $30
L.L.Bean Cresta Hiking Socks
$18 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Sock
$13 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker Crew
$16 - $28
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Extra Cushion
$27 - $28
Point6 Trekking Tech Heavy Crew
$16 - $27
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Heavy Crew Sock
$13 - $26
Icebreaker Hike+ Trek Crew
$19 - $26
Bridgedale Endurance Summit Knee
$26 MSRP
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Smartwool Hunting Extra Heavy Crew Sock
$19 - $25
EMS Merino Wool Hiking Socks
$25
 
Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Knee Socks
$25
Darn Tough Mountaineering Micro Crew Extra Cushion
$25
Columbia Tech District Sock
$25 MSRP
Columbia Falmouth II Sock
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Darn Tough Merino Boot Sock Full Cushion
$24 - $25
Bridgedale Hike Midweight Boot Merino Performance
$24
L.L.Bean Cresta Hiking Socks, Wool-Blend Midweight Quarter Crew
$25
L.L.Bean Merino Wool Ragg Socks, 10"
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Omni-Wool Multisport Hiker Plus
$25 MSRP
Smart Socks All Season Hiking Bundle
$25 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks
$19 - $24
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Sock
$10 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock
$7 - $24
Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Cushion
$24
Darn Tough Merino Boot Sock Cushion
$24
Darn Tough Coolmax Boot Sock Cushion
$23 - $24
Darn Tough Boot Cushion
$17 - $24
Icebreaker Hike+ Mid Crew Sock
$13 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough ATC Boot Sock Cushion
$24
Darn Tough Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion
$24
Bridgedale Hike Midweight Boot Merino Comfort
$24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dahlgren Alpaca Hiking Sock
$23 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Mountaineering Socks - Thick Cushion
$23 MSRP
Lorpen Tri Layer Heavy Trekker Sock
$23 MSRP
Bridgedale Hike Lightweight T2 Boot Merino
$23
Smartwool Hunt Heavy Crew Sock
$23
Smartwool Hunting Heavy Crew Sock
$17 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew
$10 - $22
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Keen Olympus Medium Crew
$22 MSRP
ExOfficio Insect Shield Purdom Vented Hiker Sock
$22 MSRP
Columbia Bugathermo Sock
$22 MSRP
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