By now it’s been pretty well established that wool is the go-to material in high-end performance gear. This is especially true for hiking. Wool socks will cushion your feet, keep them warm in the winter yet cool in the summer, absorb and wick away sweat and retain warmth when wet. What’s not to love?
There are, however, some differences between the kind of wool your socks use. When it comes to the best quality wool for hiking, it’s all about Merino wool.
Merino wool is used by the majority of major brands for their top-end socks. Merino has longer, softer and finer fibers compared to other wools. This makes it more comfortable and durable — which will greatly benefit your hike.
Some wool socks with thicker and coarser fibers can be itchy, making your hike significantly less enjoyable. With Merino wool you’ll feet will find great luxury.
Another benefit is they fluff up well when washed with cold water and will retain its shape longer.
Merino wool can also help you keep your friends close on those group hikes. What I mean by that is they don’t smell as much as other socks — so you won’t be driving away anybody due to rancid socks with the help of Merino.
So yes, you should definitely embrace wool socks for your next hiking adventure. If you want the best of the best, then do some research and find some Merino wool socks.
Feel free to browse SocksAddict.com for some quality hiking sites. Present on our site are five of the brands – SmartWool, Bridgedale, Dahlgren, Wigwam, and Fox River – Chris Townsend, author of The Backpacker’s Handbook recommends.
Sock on hikers!