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What Kind of Socks Should I Wear Hiking?

Summer is a great time to hit the hiking trails. Having a great pair of hiking socks is just as important as a solid pair of hiking boots. You can't just wear any old sock, since hiking is so demanding on your poor tootsies. You've got to wear a sock that will be durable enough to take the pressure of your pounding steps. Plus it needs to be made out of a material that will wick sweat away from your skin to prevent blisters.

That's where merino wool socks come in. Check these out, made by a company in Vermont called Darn Tough. They make some excellent socks for outdoor activities, and you can trust their designs since they're tested in the mountains and trails of VT.

These boot socks offer high density cushioning around the entire foot where you need it. They're made out of pre-shrunk merino wool, and the ribbing above the ankle ensures a proper and snug fit. The toe and heel are reinforced so you won't have to worry about holes in your socks.

I know you're wondering, "Aren't these socks itchy?" Not at all. Merino wool is extra soft and these socks are also made of nylon and spandex. You can order them online from gearX.com for $20. Since they're so durable, you'll know they'll last.

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nuttbecky nuttbecky 8 years
I love the Thorlos - they make a crew cut so you don't have a bunch of sock over the top of your shoe. They are padded in all the right spots.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i'm sure these are great for hiking but i am vegan so don't buy wool. i've found some pretty decent synthetic ones for long hikes but i end up having to change them out half way through the day if its really warm out.
citychic1 citychic1 8 years
i'm also partial to smartwool socks. i have their light hiking and running socks and have been converted!
telos7 telos7 8 years
Comfy socks make all the difference! I personally love SmartWool socks. They made special types for hiking, mountaineering, running, etc.
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