Socks are an essential item when you’re thinking of going on a hike or other outdoor adventure. However, not all socks are created equal, nor are all socks perfect for any weather. So you’ll want to choose socks according to comfort, manufacturing and the type of environment you’re in.
Wool Hiker GX Merino Wool Hiking Socks
I took these once on a fall trek and they were wonderful, keeping my feet comfortable and warm. The Hiker GX socks are labeled as all-season socks, but I especially like them for cool weather hikes. For the level of comfort they offer, these are a great buy. They are extremely durable, and keep your feet warm and dry. These are thick enough to cushion your feet but also offer breathability. Buy it on Amazon here.
Thorlo Unisex Combat Boot Overcalf Socks
Everyone I know loves these Thorlo activity socks. These are great high-calf hiking boot socks that work well in mild weather. They offer cushiony comfort without sacrificing temperature comfort, and can keep your feet cool in warm weather and warm in cooler weather. Buy it on Amazon here.
Lorpen T2W Merino Light Hiker-Two Pack Socks
This pair of lightweight socks are extremely well made and a great value for the money. These socks fit well and have comfortable padded areas in the forefront and under the heel. They are not overly thick but certainly are durable. Buy it on Amazon here.
Darn Tough Vermont Men’s 1/4 Merino Wool Cushion Hiking Socks
These are Vermont-made socks perfect for wet weather sports: hiking, skiing, biking or even running. These are the socks you want for camping out in cold, rainy weather when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. As for price, they are arguably inexpensive. Buy it on Amazon here.
Wigwam Men’s Hiking/Outdoor Pro Length Socks
These are mid-weight hiker socks. The thicker fabric makes them comfortable to walk in over extended periods of time. These socks are also good at keeping moisture out and have extra reinforcement in the heel and toe. They are great year-round socks, but are best used for warm or cool weather hiking. If you go camping in colder weather you’ll probably want thicker socks. Buy it on Amazon here.