When you go hiking, it’s smart to wear special hiking or trekking socks in your boots. Hiking socks are available from various brands and in various thicknesses, depending on the terrain and how warm the area is that you’re going to hike in. The thicker the sock, the more wool is generally used. Thicker socks feel more ‘padded’. The aim of any hiking sock is so transport moisture in order to keep your feet dry so you won’t get blisters. A perfect way to get blisters is to slide in your socks and boots. When your feet get sweaty, that doesn’t help the anti-blister efforts in any way either.
One of the most well known brands of hiking socks is Falke. I have several pairs. You can buy them in various thicknesses, the higher the number the thinner the sock and the more suitable it is for warm weather. I’ve used them many times over and was happy with them. Except for the fact that my feet didn’t stay as dry as I would like. Because my boots are so well broken in, I never had any blisters, but I still felt I slid in my socks sometimes.
Believe it or not, I actually tried regular sports socks as hiking socks. It wasn’t a successful effort, haha. While wearing sports socks in your boots for normal use is fine, when hiking, I slid too much in my socks and I felt that I had to tie my shoes really tightly to prevent that. Since I don’t like my boots so tightly, I abandoned using sports socks.
HEMA is a very well-known warehouse chain in the Netherlands. They offer a diverse range of products for a decent price, including a range of outdoor socks. I tried a few different pairs. I was actually pleasantly surprised. While a pair of Falke socks easily costs around 17 euros, a pair at the HEMA cost around 6 euros. I liked how these socks felt tighter around my feet and my feet stayed drier. While I don’t use these socks on extensive trekkings, they are fine for short trips.
The shizzle! I was trying out new hiking boots and the saleswoman recommended SmartWool to me. She said that she always wears them and would never go back to non-wool socks. I wasn’t familiar with SmartWool so I got curious, took her advice and bought a pair. I LOVE them! Where Falke socks have quite a large synthetic component, SmartWool socks are made of mostly wool. My feet stay dry, the socks fit nice and tightly around my feet, and I don’t feel like I’m sliding in my socks and boots. I now have a few different pairs, ranging in thickness, and I love them! 🙂
What are your experiences with outdoor socks? Any favourites?