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: 4 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Hike Ultra Light T2 Boot added Oct 15, 2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Hike Lightweight T2 Boot added Sep 29, 2019
$23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Red Wing Heavy Weight Mid Calf Sock added Jun 28, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Hike Lightweight Boot Coolmax Comfort added Jun 25, 2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mund Socks Makalu added May 30, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Feetures! Merino+ Cushion Crew Sock added Jun 30, 2018
$22 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Woolx Fearless Socks Crew Length Full Cushion added Dec 20, 2017
$19 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Lodge Merino Wool Outdoor Sport Socks added May 12, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fox River PrimaHike Socks added Mar 24, 2017
$16 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Calf Socks added Jan 5, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Escape Crew added Oct 18, 2016
$11 - $18
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Farm to Feet Ballston Spa Crew added Sep 21, 2016
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Outdoor Sport Light Cushion added Aug 25, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Farm to Feet Franklin Camp Crew Everyday added Jun 11, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Hiker 1/4 Sock Cushion added Mar 20, 2016
$17 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Point6 Hiking Tech Extra Light Mini Crew added Feb 26, 2016
$17 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Trekking Medium Weight Socks added Feb 11, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeFeet Blaze added Aug 21, 2014
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Injinji Trail 2.0 Midweight Mini-Crew added Jul 23, 2014
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen T3 Light Hiker added Oct 12, 2013
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fox River Pioneer Crew Socks added Sep 30, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
PowerSox Merino Wool Medium Cushion added Jun 26, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock added Dec 22, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Keen Olympus Medium Crew added Oct 18, 2012
$22 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Lightweight Hiking Crew Sock added Dec 17, 2011
$18 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Mountaineering Socks - Thick Cushion added Oct 25, 2011
$23 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Crew added Sep 25, 2011
$9 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Over-the-Calf Boot Sock Full Cushion added Aug 31, 2011
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Mini added Jun 23, 2011
$12 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Hiking Sock - Thick Cushion Crew with THOR-LON added Dec 16, 2010
$15
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Point6 Hiking Tech Light Mini Crew added Dec 3, 2010
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Crew added Nov 24, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew added Sep 28, 2010
$22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FITS Sock Light Hiker Crew added Sep 28, 2010
$10 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dahlgren Alpaca Hiking Sock added Aug 31, 2010
$23 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Coolmesh II Crew Sock added Aug 18, 2010
$10 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Goodhew Medium Hiker added Jul 23, 2010
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Goodhew Light Hiker Sock added Jun 3, 2010
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Salomon Mega Trek Coolmax Sock added May 10, 2010
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dahlgren Alpaca Backpacking Sock added Apr 22, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Light Hiking Sock - Moderate Cushion with Wool/Silk added Mar 1, 2010
$21 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Extra Cushion added Feb 12, 2010
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Omni-Wool Multisport Hiker Plus added Feb 12, 2010
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock added Jan 11, 2010
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Endurance Trekker added Jan 11, 2010
$5 - $9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Endurance Summit added Jan 11, 2010
$13
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Active Light Hiker added Jan 11, 2010
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Mini Crew added Jan 8, 2010
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fox River Wick Dry Explorer Sock added Jan 5, 2010
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Hike Mid Crew Sock added Jan 5, 2010
$20 MSRP