Backpacking socks

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  1. Lunchbox!

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    Anyone have suggestions on good socks for a long backpacking trip?
     
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    Darn Toughs.

    They're expensive but no questions asked lifetime warranty replacement for wear and holes. Send them in and they send you new ones. Made in the USA in VT. I have 6 pairs of several styles of these and rarely find myself wearing any of my cotton or heavy wool socks in the last few years since purchasing these. Their odor fighting merino blend is a bonus to boot.
     
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    + 1 on the Darn Tough socks, but the hot sock for the AT thru hikers the past two years have been Farm to Feet. I have found them about the same and have stuck to my Darn Tough socks mostly.
     
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    I like redhead socks think they are bass pro shop brand
    I recently started wearing green boy scout uniform socks
    They are synthetic but for the price am quite impressed with them
     
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    I like the REI brand socks. I get the lightweight merino ones. They're great for warmer to mild temps. I think they changed Mills however because the last batch I bought didn't fit the same.
     
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    REI brand merino blend hiking socks have worked great for me. I recently picked up a pair of the Darn Tough socks, have not worn them enough to form an opinion yet.
     
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    Merino wool has been my preference over the past 15 years or so. Unless it's a cold weather trip, I almost exclusively use the thinnest socks that will hold up (Smartwool, Darn Tough, etc.). For hot weather, I still prefer merino wool, but will often add a pair of bamboo socks (Prosok) which have performed quite well. I routinely pack two pair of spare socks along with the pair I'm wearing. Two pair are rotated daily if I can't get my worn pair dried out over night. I keep one pair dedicated for sleeping or emergencies. This method has served me quite well over the years.

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    darn toughs!
     
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    Another darn tough. I'll add the injini liner sometimes too. That really helps me with moisture control in the boot.
     
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    Lightweight wool socks are my choice. I've never eard of 'Darn Tough' socks. I'll have to look into them!

    Always carry two pair when backpacking. Stop and change them out every 2-3 hours and inspect your feet for impending blisters, your feet will thank you! Hang the damp socks on the ourside of your pack so they can dry and disinfect in the UV rays of the sun.

    Steve
     
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    i've always used smartwool because darn toughs aren't available here; gonna have to order a pair to try them out; 100-mile AT hike coming late spring/early summer ...
     
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    Another vote for Darn Toughs, best sock available IMHO and the only sock I have found that will not wear through the heal within a couple hundred miles. I have worn out a few pairs over the years but it has taken years to do. I don’t send the worn ones back to Darn Tough for replacement ... If I can get two or three hard use years from a pair of socks I have got my monies worth and don’t feel Darn Tough owes me anything.
     
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    Darn Tough- I put 2000-ish trail miles per year and these are the only socks I use- tall ones for hunting/wind, ankle high ones for the rest of the year- I prefer the full cushion, but they make thinner variants as well

    If I wear a pair out, they go in the garbage, but occasionally I'll develop an odd hole or the like and send that pair in for a new pair

    In five years I've probably sent in a half dozen or so for replacement- no questions asked and prompt return of new socks
     
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    Interestingly, I never wear holes in my hiking socks, despite putting many, many miles on them. The elastic starts to give out and they lose their stretchiness before they develop holes.
     
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    doesnt sound like a good record for the socks,
    6 or so pairs in 5 years?
    can understand if they were generic walmart hanes socks or so,
    but for quality socks that cost $10-$20/pair should be getting better results
     
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    take another look at the mileage and how and where they're worn :4:

    I've tried almost every other sock made, some are totally shot in a single 30 mile day. I have a couple of pairs of DT's that are in that 4-5 year range that are still on duty (albeit getting a little thin)
     
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    Darn Tough socks. They are worth every penny and the best part - if they wear out they will replace them.
     
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    I usually pick up a couple new pairs of SmartWool or Wigwams a year. Wigwam Everlast (I don't think they make them anymore) were the best I've ever used... Can't find Darned Tough nearby, and won't just blindly buy socks over the internet without seeing and feeling them first. But they sound good... just wonder how they can stay in business replacing a high wear-out product at that price.
     
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    I'm in the Darn Tough camp also.
    I wear the full cushion at work every day, I walk 10-15 miles a day. I bought a pair or two here and there. Now that I have enough of them, I threw all my other socks away.
    I also buy only one style, one color. No more fighting to pair up socks on laundry day for me.
     
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    Lots of silk socks from the thrift store; here they're 0.10 a pair.
     
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    To use as liners
     
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    image.jpeg My daughter n law just returned from deployment last week and gifted me these today.I have never heard of them but they are USA made and 83% merino. Seems like a lot better sock than I was issued 20 years ago
     
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    Darn tough socks with polyester liners. less odor on the polyester liners as opposed to the usual polypropylene ones.
     
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    I read your post
    If your looking for a cookie you came to the wrong person
    I repeat 6 pairs that failed in 5 years is very high failure rate
     
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    not looking for a cookie, just wondering if you can do the math?

    let me put it another way that might be easier for you to understand, a pair of Darn Tough socks would likely last you to the end of your life- of course those bus stops and subways can be a little tough on socks :4:
     
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    Oftentimes it's the boots/shoes and how you put socks on that wear them out. My wife had a pair of hiking shoes that wore the top of the toe area after just a couple months of periodic hiking. Pulling your socks on the wrong way can also stretch out the heel area and cause quick wear and tear. My son has boney freaking heels and that is where most of his sock-wear occurs the most. If you're wearing out a quality pair of reputable socks that often, it's likely something other than the socks...

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    i agree with importance of fit
    slightest thing will just add to discomfort and fatique through out the day
    good fitting socks shouldnt even be aware of them until ready to take them off
     
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    I use Costco merino blend socks great price great fit. I used to wear Thor-los but found them too expensive.
     
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    i didnt recall brand name until you posted thorlos
    thats the brand for boyscout uniform socks
    i first bought them , as a scout leader needed the uniform socks
    while i agree for synthetic socks they are expensive, they they are like $13- $15/pr when other synthetics are $8-$10/pr
    but for quality am quite impressed with them, as good as my $20 wool socks
     
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    My guess is there are enough people like me that don’t send the socks back after wearing them for two years. TMHO
     
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    Darn tough yet again.

    I've tried a bunch of other types... but these are just the best. The upfront cost will pay for itself over time.

    I use them on all outdoor trips, plus, I work mostly outside M-F 9-5 in all 4 seasons. I use lighter weight ones in warm weather and medium/heavy in colder weather.

    After a strenuous day, flip them inside out, leave them to dry overnight, they're good to go the next day.

    EDIT: lightweight Darn Tough socks in 95 degree Fahrenheit OH/KY humid summer with leather boots (no liner) all day, no problem... heavier weight Darn Toughsocks in 0 degree OH/KY winter with leather boots w/ 400 gram insulation all day... also no problem. Medium weight Darn Tough socks in 20 degree OH/KY winter with leather boots with leather liner... again, no problem.
     
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    Yeah... gotta be it. Some folks hike a couple times a year, others do 17 miles by 7am on a regular basis. (I had someone amazed once that a pair of shoes had lasted me like 8 years... we have no rocks here in LA, so there's nothing to wear them out on. Other people replace hiking shoes every year.)

    I think it was Whelen or Rustrum who wrote that you start a month-long trip with 3 or 4 pairs of socks, and that you need to add a pair of socks for every week or two longer, as they wear out after 120-150 miles (20 miles a day, ish.) You can mend them, but after a few times, even that doesn't work anymore.
     
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    I've always worn Smartwool but heard about Darn Tough. I always said sock are just has important has boots or shoes .
     
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    Darn tough and like the warden said. Full cushion. You can feel the plushness and with a breathable trail runner they draw moisture away very well.
     
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    I run through a mix of Darn Tough's and Smart Wools but my favorites are from the Great Canadian Sox Company, the Hiker GX model in particular.
     
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    Darn Tough no cushion. They're thin but comfortable. Never had a blister wearing them. Another plus is they dry super fast.
     
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    I've always used Smartwool hiking medium cushion socks but the Duluth @NWPrimate posted look nice. I may have to give them a try.
     
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    Also found at REI, Wright socks. No blisters, nylon liners. Used mostly in warmer temps with trail runners.
     
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    Honestly I rather these as my primary socks during warmer parts of the years and wool socks (only) when temps have dropped.
     
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    Darn Tough

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