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Sock Recommendations?

Postby Nozmo King » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:43 am

How important are socks for keeping your feet comfortable? In other words, is it worth the money to buy more expensive backpacking socks? Any recommendations on brands & designs you really like?



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Re: Sock Recommendations?

Postby fishmonger » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:23 pm

Darn Tough - best sock I ever used. I ride my bike in them year round, I ski in them, I hike in them. First pair 2 years+ and still no need to get another. No stink merino, and, well, darn tough!

Not cheap, but well worth it. Actually, looks like they are on sale at Campmor right now (usually $25 or more)

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___01466
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Re: Sock Recommendations?

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:15 pm

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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Sock Recommendations?

Postby The Other Tom » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:28 pm

To paraphrase an old saying, if your feet ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Think about it. You travel on your feet. If they get hot and sweaty, or worse, blisters, you won't hike very far. Take care of your feet.
To echo fishmonger, I use darn tough socks. So much so that I wear them even when not hiking. They fit well and don't chafe which can cause blisters.
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Re: Sock Recommendations?

Postby freestone » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:36 pm

Tilley's (hats) travel sock. For me, the perfect thinness, moisture control, and elasticity.
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Re: Sock Recommendations?

Postby dave54 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:05 pm

I have found donning them correctly (rolling them on instead of pulling) and changing frequently was more important than the brand name or material.
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Re: Sock Recommendations?

Postby bluefish » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:57 am

On multi-day trips I carry a pair of Darn Toughs and a pair of SmartWool. The Smartwool have more cushioning and are a little warmer. I use them for sleep socks or when the terrain is nasty downhills.
Good socks are a must for me hiking. I have some pairs set aside for just that- I use everyday crew socks under my boots for my carpentry business.
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Re: Sock Recommendations?

Postby GreenhornBackpacker » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:23 pm

I used Thorlo running socks with my trail runners. Extra thick cushioning on the heel and toe.
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