Recommendations on Outdoor/Hiking socks!!

  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Feb 05, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    I do a lot of Hiking, especially now in the Winter time! I just love the peace and quite hiking the trails around this time of year! A year ago my brother bought me a very good pair of Wool socks from Wigwan, but it already has two huge holes in the toe area! can anyone wearer of wool socks recommend a good brand of Wool socks. I heard that Alpaca wool socks are superior and longer lasting!?

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    Feb 06, 2013 1:42 AM GMT
    Hiking in cold weather sucks.

    if you can't hike nude or nearly nude, it doesn't count. icon_razz.gif
  • LJay

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    Don't know about the alpaca, though they are bound to be expensive.

    Actually, the problem may not be the socks. Wigwam is a very good brand, but wool socks are not as durable as synthetics, though they have wonderful cushioning and resilience when wet. It is pretty tricky to get the most out of wool socks.

    First, make sure your toenails are carefully trimmed. They can cut through socks in a hurry. Second, try wearing liner socks--something thin under the wool socks. Silk is a classic recommendation, but I never really liked them. What I found worked best in the long run was good quality dress socks with wool content. You don't want fluffy sock as liners. Gold Toe dress socks will work. The wool is important because you want the wicking. Then get ragg wool socks to go over them. Google 'ragg wool socks' and you will get some good choices, Wigwam amongst them. They are the really thick wools. Places like REI will have them. Another possibility is liner socks and then wool ski socks over them.

    Next consideration is to make sure all of this will fit in your boots without causing tightness of hot spots. I have custom made boots and they are way too big for everyday use, but just fine for hiking with the heavy socks.

    There are acrylic socks that will work and even blends, but I seem to not be terribly satisfied with synthetics. They just are not as resilient as wool, though they wear longer.

    We are so used to jumping into a pair of athletic socks and running shoes, that we tend to forget that, in some situations, you really do have to fit and size socks very carefully.

    Funny this should come up because i was railing in another thread about foot care and socks earlier today, but there is nothing that will end a hike in pain as quickly as foot problems and sock problems.

    Enjoy the winter hiking. It really is a wonderful time!

    PS--I had a friend working construction in the summer who was yelping about his feet at the end of the day. Asked him to show me his socks and he was wearing cottong sport socks. Got him a couple of pairs of really good (actually Wigwam) wool socks and had to practically force him to try them. He was flabbergasted that they actually kept his feet cooler and more comfortable in the summer heat! It is just hard to beat natural fibers.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidHiking in cold weather sucks.

    if you can't hike nude or nearly nude, it doesn't count. icon_razz.gif


    Paul, there is much to be said for your outlook. Got a good place?
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    LJay gave you some good advice.

    If you're looking for specific brands, I swear by SmartWool, though there was this brand up in New Hampshire called "Darn Tough" - one of their pairs of socks lasted me forever.
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:34 AM GMT
    Smartwool medium weight hikers.
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    Feb 06, 2013 11:45 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    paulflexes saidHiking in cold weather sucks.

    if you can't hike nude or nearly nude, it doesn't count. icon_razz.gif
    You're a pussy.
    Does that explain why I spontaneously bleed so much? icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 07, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    I used to wear wool - now usually use Thorlo. Have gotten them at REI - They have gotten expensive in recent years, though.


    www.thorlo.com
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    Feb 08, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    paulflexes said
    Trollileo said
    paulflexes saidHiking in cold weather sucks.

    if you can't hike nude or nearly nude, it doesn't count. icon_razz.gif
    You're a pussy.
    Does that explain why I spontaneously bleed so much? icon_razz.gif
    Stop making fun of me.
    I didn't realize it was possible to make you any more fun than you already are.