Even among hardcore outdoor gear lovers, socks are hardly a sexy topic. But, good socks are essential for just about every type of adventure. That’s doubly true for hiking. With the fall season and cooler weather around the corner, it’s time to leave the everyday dress socks at home and start shopping for thicker midweight foot coverings. We’ve done the legwork for you to round up the best hiking socks for men in 2021.
Merino wool is a miracle fabric. It’s hands-down the best material for hiking gear. Case in point: Swiftwick’s Pursuit Hike Medium Weight socks. This latest release from Swiftwick blends Merino wool (69%) with nylon, olefin, and spandex for added durability and quick wickability. Plus, they’re just stretchy enough to be comfortable on everything from day hikes to extended backcountry treks.
As the name implies, Darn Tough enjoys a reputation among avid hikers for its rock-solid reliability. The brand has field-tested its flagship foot coverings on the Vermont Trail, one of the most demanding long-distance
Injinji’s Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Socks are purpose-built for running over uneven terrain. The unique design cradles individual toes for a versatile, protective fit that works in any shoe. The no-show height hits just above the ankle, making them perfect for trail running. Medium cushioning provides adequate warmth and protection in both fall and spring.
More hikers are turning to compression socks. Many believe they’re superior to ordinary
Smartwool has become synonymous with world-class Merino apparel, including some of the best men’s socks. Its Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks are designed for
For those with blister-prone feet, Wrightstock devised a unique solution. Its dual-layer socks feature an ultra-thin liner that prevents bunching, absorbs friction, and wicks away moisture, and an outer layer with just the right amount of cushioning and protection for late summer and early fall trail days.
Farm to Feet’s Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks are among the most versatile men’s
REI Co-op makes some of the best mid-range outdoor gear. Its Coolmax EcoMade Midweight
Balega Hidden Comfort Socks
For fall runners who value cushioning and performance over warmth, Balega’s Hidden Comfort Socks are among the best. These no-show socks feature a minimalist design with the perfect amount of protective cushioning in all the right places, including the tops of the toes. Seamless toes also ensure blister-free all-day wear.
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