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The best socks, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on July 8, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino Micro Crew Sock Cushion Hiking/Backpacking
$8 - $25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Hike Light Cushion Crew Socks Hiking/Backpacking
$8 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock Running / Hiking/Backpacking
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Darn Tough Merino Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion Hiking/Backpacking
$21 - $28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Blister Resist Quarter Running
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough Over-the-Calf Lightweight Snowsport
$13 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Light Hiker No Show Lightweight Hiking Sock Hiking/Backpacking
$12 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
FITS Sock Medium Hiker Crew Hiking/Backpacking
$17 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks Hiking/Backpacking
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Showers Pass Crosspoint Waterproof Crew Socks Waterproof
$38
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Coolmesh II Crew Sock Hiking/Backpacking
$12 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Trekking Sock - Thick Cushion Crew Hiking/Backpacking
$17 - $22
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks Hiking/Backpacking
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FITS Sock Light Hiker Crew Hiking/Backpacking
$12 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running
$4 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dachstein 4 Ply Boiled Wool Calf Socks Hiking/Backpacking
$55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Crew Hiking/Backpacking
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Extra Cushion Hiking/Backpacking
$23 - $35
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Sock Cushion Hiking/Backpacking
$24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Standard Issue Mid-Calf Light Cushion
$26
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Injinji Liner Crew Sock Liner
$12
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Fox River X-Static Liner Liner
$11 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
NRS HydroSkin 0.5 Wetsocks Waterproof
$21 - $31
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Sock Hiking/Backpacking
$24 - $29
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
SealSkinz Walking Socks Waterproof
$34
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks Hiking/Backpacking
$22
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough ATC Micro Crew Midweight Hiking Sock Hiking/Backpacking
$19 - $25
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Hike Lightweight T2 Coolmax Performance Boot Hiking/Backpacking
$23
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Ultralight Crew Running
$15
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Mini Hiking/Backpacking
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wigwam Gobi Liner Crew Liner
$8
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock Escape Crew Hiking/Backpacking
$9 - $19
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running
$16
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool Hiking Medium Crew Hiking/Backpacking
$13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Sock Hiking/Backpacking
$13 - $27
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Bridgedale Ski Lightweight Merino Endurance Over Calf Snowsport
$23 - $28
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Running
$27 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
FITS Sock Performance Trail Quarter Sock
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Royal Robbins Bug Barrier Venture Crew Socks Hiking/Backpacking
$26 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Woolx Fearless Socks Crew Length Full Cushion Hiking/Backpacking
$19 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Injinji SPORT Original Weight PED Running
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeFeet Blaze Hiking/Backpacking
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Injinji Performance Micro Sock Running
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Run Medium Mini Sock Running
$19 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running Sock Running
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Team Micro Crew Running
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Recent Sock Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Darn Tough Merino Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion

Expensive but worth it. Excellent socks for winter use. I bought the midweight hiking variation in boot size. It's thick, but not too thick to be uncomfortable, and the seamless construction is the way to go for all socks nowadays. My only *real* complain is that there is no micro crew with full cushion option and I get light marks from the compression on my calve, hence the option micro-crew at the base of the calve. Getting a pair with shipping to Greece costed me roughly 39€ which is a lot… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
SealSkinz Walking Socks

I agree with the previous reviewer. An hour or two, yes. Half a day, possibly. All day, for days on end, as in a week on the trail? No. Simply no. Expensive (for what they are). Nowhere near as comfortable or as cushioned as a good pair of Thorlos (or equivalent) and absolutely out of the question for all day, every day, long-distance trail walking. Feet get too warm, "feel" and "fit" is mildly peculiar and a previously comfortable trail shoe no longer felt properly attached to my feet (some "give"… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Slinx Neoprene Water Sock

Great inexpensive sock that works well for insulating in canyon hikes. I've always used water shoes and wool socks for canyoneering, but at the recommendation of a trusted friend, we tried wearing "normal" hiking shoes and neoprene socks for some canyon adventures. We were in a rush, so decided to hit up Amazon and just get whatever could get to us quickly. We decided upon the Slinx Neoprene Water Sock. These sell from a variety of vendors for $12 - $15 bucks. We tried these in some canyons in… Full review

rated 1.5 of 5 stars
L.L.Bean PrimaLoft Performance Socks, Crew Height

These socks are expensive, but they lost most of their cushion after a week of active use. It is a good idea, but needs a lot of improvements. This will be a short review, since the socks failed on me after a week of use. Therefore, I didn't have time to test drying time, wicking, and other aspects of the sock. I am not sure if I received an exceptionally bad model, but I would not recommend this sock to anyone. I have some L.L. Bean gear and it is all functional, so I was surprised to see this… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Darn Tough Light Hiker No Show Lightweight Hiking Sock

A cushioned Merino wool sock that works as well for running as hiking, long on comfort and by all accounts as tough as they come. Superb. Sometimes, in my sartorial existence, there are articles of clothing that are just so comfortable, so right, that I kind of don’t want to wear anything else. Blue jeans in general, for sure, but then there are certain pairs of blue jeans that I just reach for day after day. Or my NRS river runner’s lightweight hoodie, which is so light and comfortable I wear… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Smartwool Hike Light Cushion Crew Socks

Hikers know Smartwool as one of the best-known Merino wool brands on the market. I have owned several Smartwool products over the years, and I have never been disappointed with any of them. The Hike Light Cushion Crew Sock is no exception. As a lighter cushioned sock, it is perfect for day hiking or backpacking with an ultralight setup. With Smartwool’s improved warranty and a commitment to sustainability, these are definitely hiking socks worth considering when making your next purchase. The… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Royal Robbins Bug Barrier Venture Crew Socks

Described as a “travel sock” Royal Robbins claims that this crew sock is a versatile sock, suitable for wearing while traveling on planes, hiking, exploring cities, or relaxing at a hotel or restaurant. Its construction (hemp blended with recycled polyester) is reported to be durable, odor controlling, breathable, and temperature regulating. One of Royal Robbins’ group of Travel Hemp Socks, this version is also treated with Permethrin and labeled as an “Insect Shield” garment. I have used… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Swiftwick Flite XT Trail

Up your socks-game with a set of all-around socks that can be stretched into service for almost any three-season activity. I can wear shirts that don’t wick sweat away and I’ll be fine.  I can put up with a crappy, $3 vinyl poncho. I can tough it out when my pack tries to wear a hole in my hide. However, if my feet aren’t happy, I’m MUCH less fun to be with.  This is why I no longer complain about paying for great socks. The Swiftwick Flite XT Trail socks qualify as great socks. This isn’t… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Bridgedale Ski Lightweight Merino Endurance Over Calf

I tried, I had hope, the socks catastrophically failed. On an evening while the powder piled higher outside my office window, I made the decision to indulge myself. I purchased two pairs of Bridgedale Light Weight Ski Socks from their Merino Performance category. These socks were even endorsed right on the package by the National Ski Patrol!  “They are bound to please,” I thought. The socks arrived from the wonderful team at Liberty Mountain where I have a pro-deal account. I paid a slightly… Full review

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