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How we choose: The best liner socks highlighted here were selected based on 22 reviews of 8 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Injinji Liner Crew Sock

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

They work well as next-to-skin liners for mountaineering boots. Use them as liners for most of your climbing seasons...just add a mid-weight sock or thick mountaineering sock over them and add good aftermarket foot-beds and you will have dry comfortable feet for the duration of your trip!

Reasons to Buy

  • Wicks well and dries well
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable

Reasons to Avoid

  • Run slightly small

I use Injinji crew toe socks extensively whenever I go into the mountains. At first I tried Injinji ankle toe socks as that was all I had when they first came out on the market. Used them for trail running and training hikes with lightweight hiking socks over them. Very comfortable and I have had no problems with them bunching up or causing blisters..etc. I started using the crew length ones because I need more sock since I needed them as liners for my various mountaineering boot sets for different seasons. I'll never switch back to my old style liner socks. Toe socks really do work!

Read more: Injinji Liner Crew Sock reviews (3)

Fox River X-Static Liner

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

A very good sock (liner sock) that is now my only choice as a liner and even sometimes just as a very thin sock. I have tried many makes and models of liner socks and so far this model is not bumped from the top.

Reasons to Buy

  • odor control
  • fit and stability
  • ease of washing and quick drying at camp / in tent / overnight
  • good at moisture transfer
  • comfortable and no blisters even if soaked wet

Reasons to Avoid

  • they do eventually wear out (ah, that is a little humor)
  • the odor control and the gray color of the sock does diminish.

Yes, I do recommend and would (did) buy again from REI.

Read more: Fox River X-Static Liner reviews (2)

Wigwam Gobi Liner Crew

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

I hate blisters. These liners do an awesome job providing slick surface to rub in my boots besides my heels as well as keeping them dry by wicking away moisture.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great barrier against blisters
  • Wicks moisture

Reasons to Avoid

  • Material degrades in high heat from the dryer and UV from the sun

Nothing ruins a hike faster than a blister. Once the hot spot starts, it is all I am thinking about. After trying most remedies out there, I decided to try these synthetic liners. Wow! They are wonderful. I haven't had any blisters and my feet are not pruney after hiking all day. The liners are made from 100% polypropylene and like silk, provide a nice slippery surface to rub in your boot while staying formed to your foot. Because the fabric is synthetic, it doesn't absorb moisture and wicks it away from your foot.

Read more: Wigwam Gobi Liner Crew review (1)

Seirus Neosock

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

These socks are great when extra warmth and dryness is needed.

Reasons to Buy

  • Warm

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not 100% waterproof

If you are like me and have made the switch to trail runners from boots and don't ever want to go back these are great. I've been using these on day hikes with my trail runners. It's been in the 40's and they have kept my feet warm and mostly dry. While not 100% waterproof very little moisture has gotten through the seams. I have felt some moisture penetrate the seams, but it is wicked away soon after. I would not wear them alone so I have been putting a really light, thin running sock on under them as a liner.

Read more: Seirus Neosock review (1)

REI Silk One Liner Sock

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

This liner sock improved my ability to hike and remain blister-free, as advertised. If you're looking to pair a liner sock with wool socks to reduce friction on your feet and avoid blisters, these will do the trick.

Reasons to Buy

  • Reduces friction
  • Lower risk of blisters
  • Thin (pairs well with another pair of socks)
  • Comfortable (99% of the time; see "cons")

Reasons to Avoid

  • Stiff/uncomfortable immediately after wash/dry
  • Doesn't provide coverage between toes

If you have ever hiked or walked long distance in regular socks and switched to wool socks, you will understand the "revelation" of how much better your feet felt when making the switch. If you haven't tried liner socks inside your wool socks then you haven't had the second revelation: It's even better! After switching to wool socks, i noticed that I still had to apply a rub-on product to my feet to manage hot spots on my feet in order to prevent blisters. This set me on a hunt for a pair of liner socks that I could wear under my wool socks to further avoid friction on my feet.

Read more: REI Silk One Liner Sock review (1)

Warmlite vapor barrier socks

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

I purchased two pair of Stephenson's Warmlite vapor barrier socks for a winter mountaineering trip. They are very inexpensive, two pair cost less than the next most inexpensive vbl sock. The material has, so far, been durable, and the stitching has held up well. Much more durable than a plastic bag. Also, the material is not a typical laminate; it is softer and easier to wear than normal coated nylon. Seams are a significant issue for vapor barrier socks, which take a great deal of abuse.

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