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Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Mattie Schuler Updated 05/04/21 Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Our Top Picks Best Overall: Darn Tough Full Cushion Sock at Amazon "Go-to sock for any hike, trek or backpack adventure." Runner-Up, Best Overall: Outdoor Light Crew Socks at Amazon "Top performance, fit and durability." Best Crew: CEP Dynamic+ Outdoor Compression Socks at Amazon "Extremely comfortable fit with a tight, structured support." Best Lightweight Sock: Smartwool Hike Light Crew Socks at Amazon "Support and comfort in a lightweight, breathable sock." Best Budget: MIRMARU Multi Performance Crew Socks at Amazon "Comfortable, strong and offer plenty of sturdy protection for day hikes." Best Synthetic Sock: Outdoor Pro Length Sock at Amazon "Will keep your feet dry and warm even after a river crossing." Best Merino Wool/Blend Sock: Hi-Tec Boot Socks at Amazon "Provides wicking...but breathable and soft with extra cushion and insulation." Best Liners: Injinji Liner Crew Toe Socks at Amazon "Made from a polyester, nylon and lycra blend to wick away sweat quickly."" Best Overall: Darn Tough Full Cushion Sock Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on Amazon Buy on Backcountry.com The Darn Tough Full Cushion Sock will be your go-to sock for any hike, trek or backpack adventure. It's made from 67 percent Merino wool, so you’ll be getting a naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial sock that is quick to wick, dry and helps keep your feet cool with top breathability. The socks are extremely durable and have elastic in the arch for support, as well as light-to-medium cushioning around the foot and shin. The heels and toes are also reinforced, so you won’t be getting any holes in the sock, which has a seamless construction for all-day comfort. Like all Darn Tough socks, these are made in Vermont and are guaranteed for life. Colors include black, gray, brown, tan and green. Runner-Up, Best Overall: Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Socks Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on Amazon Buy on Backcountry.com Buy on REI Smartwool’s PhD line is built for top performance, fit and durability. The breathable PhD Outdoor Light Crew socks are designed with a tight hug to the arch of your foot and light cushion under the heel and forefoot, which make them perfect for trail running or light backpacking. The heel and seamless toe are reinforced for durability. Made from 56 percent Merino wool, along with nylon and elastane, the stretchy socks hold tight to your foot for a snug fit that won’t move as you do. Colors include a variety of neutrals. Best Crew: CEP Dynamic+ Outdoor Compression Socks Buy on Amazon The medium cushioned, crew-cut sock by CEP is made from a blend of synthetic materials such as spandex and wool. The Dynamic+ Outdoor Merino mid-cut sock follows CEP’s signature graduated compression design, which claims to prevent feet from swelling and improves circulation. Overall, the socks offer an extremely comfortable fit with a tight, structured support. Plus, the blend of merino wool helps keep your feet dry and stink-free and aids in heat management. Colors include brown, gray and green; a lighter weight option is available as well for both men and women. Best Lightweight Sock: Smartwool Hike Light Crew Socks Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on Amazon Buy on Backcountry.com When you are heading out for a short hike or a quick trail run, thick socks are going to make your feet and calves sweat endlessly. The Smartwool Hike Light crew socks provide support and comfort in a lightweight, breathable sock. The women’s socks are made from 67 percent Merino wool (men’s use 69 percent) for extreme softness and breathability. At the toes, you’ll find a flat knit toe seam, so no part of the sock will bunch up or rub wrong. The sock has light cushioning overall and includes a supportive, elastic arch brace. Colors include a variety of brown and gray neutrals in men’s sizes; women’s varieties include purple, blue, pink, red, tan and gray. Best Budget: MIRMARU Multi Performance Crew Socks Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on Amazon With five pairs coming in a pack, you might question the quality of the socks. But the MIRMARU crew socks are comfortable, strong and offer plenty of sturdy protection for day hikes. The socks are made from 55 percent cotton with a polyester and spandex blend, so they won’t loose shape or slip down your calf over time. Plus, the underfoot is reinforced with extra cushioning for long days outside and the arch has slight compression for top support. Colors include black, charcoal, olive, purple, brown, red and blue. Best Synthetic Sock: Wigwam Hiking/Outdoor Pro Length Sock Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on Amazon Made from a mix of synthetic materials, the Wigwam Hiking/Outdoor Pro Length socks will keep your feet dry and warm even after a river crossing. The socks are quick-drying and wick moisture away from your foot and offer top breathability as well. Avoid extremely cold temperatures with these socks since the wicking capabilities lessen as the temperatures drop. There is mid-weight cushioning under the foot, as well as a reinforced heel and Achilles cradle for extra durability, so you’ll stay comfortable on multi-day hikes. The toes have a smooth closure, so you can stay blister free. Colors include a variety of neutrals. Best Merino Wool/Blend Sock: Hi-Tec Boot Socks Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on Amazon The tall, thick Hi-Tec Boot socks are made from a blend of polyester, acrylic, Merino wool, spandex and nylon. This blend provides wicking capabilities, but it's also designed to be breathable and soft with extra cushion and insulation for colder months and heavy boots. The toes and heel are reinforced for durability even after miles and miles, plus the arch has compression built in for extra support. The toe is constructed with a smooth, seamless design for optimal comfort. Best Liners: Injinji Liner Crew Toe Socks Courtesy of Amazon.com Buy on Amazon Best used with really sweaty feet, a thin liner sock is worn underneath a regular hiking sock to protect your feet from any extra friction caused from excess moisture. The Injinji Liner Crew Toe Socks are made from a polyester, nylon and lycra blend to wick away sweat quickly. Plus, the toe sock design adds an extra thin layer between your toes to deter blisters or hotspots from forming. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 8 below.