Hiking/Backpacking Socks

Recent Hiking/Backpacking Sock Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Smartwool Expedition Trekking Socks

Have been my “go-to” hiking sock for years! Quality is top-notch and they last for A LOOONG TIME! I have both the Smartwool branded, as well as the now extinct L.L. Bean branded version of these socks. If you compare them side by side the ONLY difference is the branding on them. Smartwool in white. LL Bean written in red. They are fantastic socks. They offer enough padding to protect your feet, while also taking up a little additional space in your boots if you need it. They keep my feet warm… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Bridgedale Hike Ultra Light T2 Boot

A well-cushioned pair of hiking socks that are designed for warmer temps. The cushioning makes for a very comfortable wear, while the non-wool Coolmax fabric (polyester) doesn't quite wick moisture as I had hoped. Still, a very comfortable and durable sock that is best worn during low-to-moderate energy-burning activities. Conditions I’ve worn the Bridgedale Hike Ultra Light T2 socks in a wide range of temps and conditions from April to October in the mid-Atlantic, USA. From cold, wet hikes to… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Bridgedale Hike Lightweight T2 Boot

A well-made pair of socks that have ample cushioning, but run a little warmer than I had expected. The non-wool Coolmax technology has its pros and cons, but is overall favorable. Best worn when hiking in cooler temperatures. Conditions:I’ve worn the Bridgedale Hike Light Weight T2 socks in a wide range of temps and conditions from April to October in the mid-Atlantic, USA. From cold, wet hikes to midsummer humidity, I’ve worn the socks on countless occasions with four different pairs of footwear—sandals,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Red Wing Heavy Weight Mid Calf Sock

Red Wing heavy weight sock (#97392). These are a nice heavy duty wool blend sock. I have owned several pairs over the years; they hold up well. They don't stretch out, and don't tear easily. A good sock. Like was said on another website, these socks are the best sock he has ever owned. I could not say it any better than that. They last long enough you forget just how long you have had them before you need another pair. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Bridgedale Men's Hike Lightweight Boot Coolmax Comfort

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

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Mund Socks Makalu

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

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Smartwool Men's PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Feetures! Merino+ Cushion Crew Sock

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Darn Tough Merino Micro Crew Sock Cushion

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Extra Cushion
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Sock
$13 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Darn Tough Merino Boot Sock Full Cushion
$25 - $26
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Omni-Wool Multisport Hiker Plus
$25 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks
$19 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough ATC Boot Sock Cushion
$24
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Sock
$9 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dahlgren Alpaca Hiking Sock
$23 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino Micro Crew Sock Cushion
$20 - $23
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Mountaineering Socks - Thick Cushion
$23 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Hike Lightweight T2 Boot
$23
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Keen Olympus Medium Crew
$22 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Feetures! Merino+ Cushion Crew Sock
$22 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew
$22
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Expedition Trekking Socks
$21
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks
$16 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Sock Cushion
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Light Hiking Sock - Moderate Cushion with Wool/Silk
$21 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Trekking Sock - Thick Cushion Crew
$21
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Medium Crew
$11 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FITS Sock Light Hiker Crew
$10 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Hike Mid Crew Sock
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Farm to Feet Ballston Spa Crew
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Woolx Fearless Socks Crew Length Full Cushion
$19 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks
$11 - $18
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Escape Crew
$11 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Keen Bellingham Crew Midweight Sock
$18 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Crew
$9 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Lightweight Hiking Crew Sock
$18 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Hiker 1/4 Sock Cushion
$17 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Keen Bellingham Crew Lite Sock
$17 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Point6 Hiking Tech Extra Light Mini Crew
$17 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fox River PrimaHike Socks
$16 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Injinji Outdoor Quarter Crew Sock
$16 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Mini Crew
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Injinji Trail 2.0 Midweight Mini-Crew
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Coolmesh II Crew Sock
$10 - $15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Hiking Sock - Thick Cushion Crew with THOR-LON
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeFeet Blaze
$15 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Mini
$12 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Endurance Summit
$13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker Crew
$7 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Merino Wool Hiking Sock
$13 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fox River Wick Dry Explorer Sock
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Endurance Trekker
$5 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen T3 Light Hiker
$9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Wigwam Hiking/Outdoor Pro
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Outdoor Sport Light Cushion
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
PowerSox Merino Wool Medium Cushion