Current Retail: $18.71-$24.95
Historic Range: $10.95-$24.95
Reviewers Paid: $10.00-$13.00
Comfortable, plush, cushiony, odor-free, blister reducing hiking socks!
- Comfort plus
- Thick cushion strategically placed
- Doesn't retain odors
I must preface this review with an admission that I resisted using wool socks ever since "wonder material, moisture wicking" socks entered the outdoor scene decades ago.
This past month I relented and bought a pair of Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium socks before a 25+ mile roundtrip hike on the Barr Trail (not by design). It was recommended to me that I make the switch if I wanted to coddle my feet. So I did...and boy, am I glad I did.
The marathon ascent/descent put my feet (and the rest of my body) through the paces...but no blisters. I was pleasingly shocked...and sold on Smartwool...all in one day.
I was concerned that the sock sizing might be an issue, with my foot falling directly in the middle of the listed sizing spread of 9-11...but somehow, the sock gurus at Smartwool got it right.
The PhD's have varying densities and support bands in key areas...and I have to concur with their claims. The socks made all the difference on that prolonged hike. Speaking of claims...not that my feet were odoriferous prior to using Smartwool socks, but I have noticed no retention of odor in the socks.
I have since purchased numerous Smartwool PhD socks for cycling, running, and everyday activities. I am uncertain on how long the PhD socks will last...but I'll check back and update this review the longer I use them.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10 on sale
Very versatile either in a hiking boot or in a dress shoe. Can hand wash without damaging sock. Limited odor retention.
- Multiple sizes for a good fit
- Thin thickness with good heat retention
- Not for extreme cold
I have had two pairs for 2.5 years now. One in grey and one in the same pattern pictured here. I do not wear them daily, but I have worn them dozens of times in a variety of activities. I have worn a pair in Torres Del Paine over a five-day period of time alternating the two pair. No holes or tears yet.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $13
All PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Sock versions
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