5 Best Hiking Socks of 2019—Field Tested & Reviewed

5 Best Hiking Socks of 2019—Field Tested & Reviewed

Hiking: – It is the activity of going for long walks.

The first part of your body to touch the ground in the morning and the last to go to bed. We use our feet for everything. It is a worse idea to invest in a pair of hiking shoes and not in a pair of quality socks. Both are crucial and rely on each other for better performance. Socks play a pivotal role when we are hiking. Having the right combination of socks and shoes is the key to comfort. Socks are your best defence against blisters, sweat, and temperature. There are different kinds of socks which are made of different materials and designs. To choose the best hiking socks for any trip, we can consider these tiny things like:

How to Choose the Best Hiking Socks for Your Needs

Sock height: The right height sock protect against excoriation with your footwear.  E.g. no show, ankle, crew, knee height.

Sock length: Socks come in different widths and sizes, intended for different purposes.

Compression panelling: Socks which offer compression panelling around the arch and heel provide a better fit that does not slip.

Cushioning or Thickness: The amount of cushioning affects comfort and warmth like no cushioning, light cushioning, medium cushioning, dense cushioning.

Fabric: Most hiking socks features merino wool as the primary factor, but some are mostly made from polyester and nylon.

Seamless design: Most hiking socks offer a smooth design which is a flat stitch that will not bunch or chaff.

Fit: Be sure your socks fit well to avoid blisters.

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Reviews of the 3 Other Hiking Socks We Tested

  1. Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion:Darn Tough Vermont Men's Merino Wool Micro-Crew Light Cushion Hiking Socks

These are highly- structured, handsome, versatile and long lasting socks that can be used as winter hiking socks. These are like butter against your skin and maintain a steady temperature inside your shoes.

Key Features:

    Made from high-quality merino wool.

    Structured to cradle your feet and bunching.

    Extra cushioning on the bottom.

    Blister free performance.


  1. Smart Wool Hiking Socks Light Crew:

When you spend long hours on the work outside, then you will acknowledge the comfort and durability of these socks. Their wool is exceptionally durable and comfortable and promotes a dry, warm environment in your boots.

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Key Features:

    Durable nylon blend.

    Highly elastic to conform to your feet.

    Fitting for those who tend to sweat a lot.

    Flat knit toe seam for extra comfort.


  1. Darn Tough Merino Wool Hiking Socks:

Darn tough makes their second appearance on the list with this highly effective, durable merino wool hiking sock.Image result for Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks - Men's The base of the sock has a generous amount of cushioning that helps absorb shock; the seamless construction eliminates chafing and blisters points. The antimicrobial properties help prevent foul orders.

Key Features:

    Natural antimicrobial properties.

    Seamless construction throughout.

    Merino wool, nylon and spandex.


  1. Smart Wool PhD Outdoor Mountaineer Hiking Socks:

The “PhD” stands for “Performance in the Highest Degree”, and for the most part these hiking socks live up to their lofty ambition. Image result for Smartwool PhD Outdoor Mountaineer Hiking SocksThey are highly breathable, highly flexible, water resistant and comfortable socks that massage your feet. They feature discrete padding at the heel and toe that protects you from the stress of the trail.

Key Features:

    Merino wool, nylon and elastane blend.

    Extra padding in the toe.

    Mesh zone throughout to promote breathability.


  1. Injinji 2.0 Outdoor Midweight Hiking Socks:

If you’re looking for three season hiking socks that won’t break your bank, then these hiking socks are worth a look. Image result for Injinji 2.0 Outdoor Midweight Crew Nuwool SocksThey have articulated toes that help prevent the sock from moving around in your shoes and a considerable amount of shock absorbing cushion. However, the antibacterial qualities of merino wool, nylon and Lycra mean they won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Key features:

    Merino wool, nylon and Lycra blend.

    Ideal for three season camping.



How we choose our selection of hiking socks:

Quality: Cheap hiking socks are blister factories. High-quality materials will keep your feet warm and dry and last for several hiking seasons.

Brand: there are lots of good hiking socks out there from small producers. So we’re watching the labels not necessarily the brand name.

Reviews: if a pair of socks made from 100% merino wool it won’t matter what the review says. They’re going to be highly comfortable, long-lasting socks.

Price: what you pay for your socks is up to you, but you should never reach for those cotton socks simply because they are cheaper. We would always suggest you spend a few bucks more and get some nice wool socks.