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 (2)
Smartwool Expedition Trekking Socks reviewed Oct 29, 2019
$21
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Hike Ultra Light T2 Boot reviewed Oct 21, 2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Hike Lightweight T2 Boot reviewed Oct 14, 2019
$23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Red Wing Heavy Weight Mid Calf Sock reviewed Jun 28, 2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Mund Socks Makalu reviewed May 30, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Feetures! Merino+ Cushion Crew Sock reviewed Jun 30, 2018
$22 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino Micro Crew Sock Cushion reviewed Jun 27, 2018
$21 - $23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Woolx Fearless Socks Crew Length Full Cushion reviewed Dec 20, 2017
$19 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Crew reviewed Nov 25, 2017
$14 - $17
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Lodge Merino Wool Outdoor Sport Socks reviewed May 12, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fox River PrimaHike Socks reviewed Mar 24, 2017
$16 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Calf Socks reviewed Jan 5, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Heavyweight Mountaineering Sock reviewed Jan 2, 2017
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user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks reviewed Nov 16, 2016
$24
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Escape Crew reviewed Nov 10, 2016
$11 - $18
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Farm to Feet Ballston Spa Crew reviewed Sep 21, 2016
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Darn Tough Merino Boot Sock Full Cushion reviewed Sep 8, 2016
$25 - $26
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Outdoor Sport Light Cushion reviewed Sep 1, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Injinji Outdoor Quarter Crew Sock reviewed Jul 23, 2016
$16 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fox River Pioneer Crew Socks reviewed Jun 29, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Farm to Feet Franklin Camp Crew Everyday reviewed Jun 11, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Trekking Sock - Thick Cushion Crew reviewed Jun 10, 2016
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Hiker 1/4 Sock Cushion reviewed Mar 20, 2016
$17 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Point6 Hiking Tech Extra Light Mini Crew reviewed Feb 26, 2016
$17 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Trekking Medium Weight Socks reviewed Feb 11, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Injinji Performance Crew Sock reviewed Feb 6, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Point6 Hiking Tech Medium Mini Crew reviewed Feb 3, 2016
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough ATC Boot Sock Cushion reviewed Oct 17, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lorpen T3 Light Hiker reviewed Sep 28, 2015
$9
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Merino Light Hiker Crew Sock reviewed Mar 18, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew reviewed Nov 12, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeFeet Blaze reviewed Aug 21, 2014
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Injinji Trail 2.0 Midweight Mini-Crew reviewed Jul 23, 2014
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Coolmesh II Crew Sock reviewed May 12, 2014
$10 - $15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks reviewed Mar 13, 2014
$17 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Goodhew Medium Hiker reviewed Mar 10, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
PowerSox Merino Wool Medium Cushion reviewed Jan 27, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Keen Olympus Medium Crew reviewed Jan 19, 2014
$22 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Lightweight Hiking Crew Sock reviewed Dec 19, 2013
$18 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks reviewed Jun 30, 2018
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Over-the-Calf Boot Sock Full Cushion reviewed Oct 7, 2013
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user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Wigwam Rebel Fusion Quarter Sock reviewed Sep 27, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Sock Cushion reviewed Sep 24, 2013
$21
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Point6 Hiking Tech Light Mini Crew reviewed Sep 24, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Merino Wool Hiking Sock reviewed Aug 24, 2013
$13 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Sock reviewed Jul 16, 2013
$12 - $23
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Omni-Wool Multisport Hiker Plus reviewed May 15, 2013
$25 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Sock reviewed Nov 10, 2016
$15 - $29
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Salomon Mega Trek Coolmax Sock reviewed Jan 18, 2013
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FITS Sock Light Hiker Crew reviewed Nov 21, 2012
$10