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10 Best Hiking Socks for Men To Buy in 2022

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 cooler weather around the corner, it’s time to leave the every day 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 2022.

Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six Socks

Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six Socks

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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

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Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Socks

Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Socks

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Sockwell Circulator Compression Socks

Sockwell Circulator Compression Socks

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Smartwool Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks

Smartwool Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks

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Wrightsock Endurance Crew Socks

Wrightsock Endurance Crew Socks

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Farm to Feet Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks

Farm to Feet Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks

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REI Co-op COOLMAX EcoMade Midweight Hiking Crew Socks

REI Co-op COOLMAX EcoMade Midweight Hiking Crew Socks

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Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

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Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Sock

Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Sock

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Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six Socks on a white background.

Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six Socks

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.

Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six Socks

Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six Socks

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks over a white background.

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

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 hiking trails in the U.S. The Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks are thick, well-cushioned, and stretchy in all the right places.

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Socks feature a unique, toe-cradling design.

Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Socks

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. The medium cushioning provides adequate warmth and protection.

Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Socks

Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Socks

Sockwell Circulator Compression Socks on a white background.

Sockwell Circulator Compression Socks

More hikers are turning to compression socks. Many believe they’re superior to ordinary hiking socks, especially for peak-bagging and longer days on the trail. Sockwell’s Circulator Compression Socks are designed for increased circulation, better lower leg support, and faster recovery times at the end of the day.

Sockwell Circulator Compression Socks

Sockwell Circulator Compression Socks

Smartwool Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks in blue over a white background.

Smartwool Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks

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 hiking and running in colder seasons. These Merino wool socks dry fast, won’t stink, and last forever. We also appreciate Smartwool’s Virtual Seamless toe construction for added comfort and blister prevention.

Smartwool Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks

Smartwool Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks

Wrightsock Endurance Crew Socks on a white background.

Wrightsock Endurance Crew Socks

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.

Wrightsock Endurance Crew Socks

Wrightsock Endurance Crew Socks

Farm to Feet Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks over a plain background.

Farm to Feet Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks

Farm to Feet’s Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks are among the most versatile men’s hiking socks available. The Merino wool construction ensures they’re comfortable for all but the hottest trail days. The calf-height design works equally well with hiking boots and ankle-height shoes. Plus, they’re comfortable, breathable, and quick-drying -- all for around $20.

Farm to Feet Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks

Farm to Feet Damascus Lightweight Crew Merino Wool Socks

REI Co-op COOLMAX EcoMade Midweight Hiking Crew Socks on a white background.

REI Co-op COOLMAX EcoMade Midweight Hiking Crew Socks

REI Co-op makes some of the best mid-range outdoor gear. Its Coolmax EcoMade Midweight Hiking Crew Socks are no exception, as they’re breathable, affordable, and well-cushioned for year-round adventures. Plus, the eco-friendly construction relies on yarn made from recycled water bottles.

REI Co-op COOLMAX EcoMade Midweight Hiking Crew Socks

REI Co-op COOLMAX EcoMade Midweight Hiking Crew Socks

Balega Hidden Comfort Socks in blue and orange over a white background.

Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

For 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.

Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Sock in gray over a plain background.

Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Sock

Wigwam’s Hiking Outdoor Socks are ideal for hiking in any weather. The synthetic materials deliver extreme durability, dry fast, and are comfortable over almost any terrain. Where these hiking socks excel, however, are in wet weather when the mostly plastic fabrics shed water faster than their traditional natural alternatives.

Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Sock

Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Sock

Well there you have it, our list of the best socks for hiking this season. Whether you're going out for a day hike or considering a multi-day backpacking trip, keeping your feet comfortable will make a world of difference in how much distance you can put it on the trail.

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