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What Makes a Good Hiking Sock?

 

The best hiking socks are built for hiking, trail running, and everything in between. Whether you're tackling a day hike or trekking paths unknown, you should keep an eye out for a few key features.

 

Hiking socks should be moisture-wicking, ultra-light, and super breathable. Plus, just the right amount of cushioning will help hikers and other adventurers avoid blisters. Ultralight socks allow for a seamless toe fit and light cushion for optimal range of motion.

 

When it comes to durability, outdoor light hiker socks work well for daily wear. If you need something a little more heavy-duty, try Smartwool men's socks made with Indestructawool technology with a lifetime guarantee.

 

Outdoor Socks Designed For Adventure

 

Tackle new trails with outdoor socks by your side. The revolutionary 360-degree printing process allows for fun, vibrant, and joyful designs.

 

Smartwool socks are all printed on ultra-soft Merino wool. With a 4 Degree™ elite fit and activity-specific mesh zones to help feet stay dry while you're on the move. As flexible as spandex, these socks were made for all of your adventures.

 

Find The Right Sock For You

 

The socks you choose depend on what your day has in store. Compression socks might pair well with hiking boots for backpacking, while crew socks might pair better with boat shoes. Medium weight, low-cut socks are better for biking due to better breathability.

 

First, pay close attention to the height of your boot socks. They should protect your ankle against abrasion without bunching. Plus, the best hiking socks are comfy and midweight.

 

Fabric is also essential to finding the right fit. While most hiking socks are made of merino wool material, there are a number of options out there that are nylon, Smartwool, or polyester.

 

Socks Should Hit The Right Height, Too

 

From no-show socks to knee-high outdoor socks, hiking socks come in a range of heights. You should pick a pair that hits just above the tongue of your footwear. If the cuffs of your boots or shoes hit the ankle, pick a pair of hiking socks that match that height for ease of use.

 

Whether you're looking for merino wool hiking socks, running socks, or a pair of micro crew cushion socks, find the right fit for you with The North Face.