Believe it or not hiking season is right around the corner! The weather is warming up, the snow is starting to melt, and your favorite hiking paths are starting to open up.  Make sure you’ve got all your gear together now so you can hit the trails as soon as weather permits.  As you know, nothing’s more important on a long hike than good socks, so we’ve put together a list of our top picks for men and women.


An all-around favorite, this Point6 mini is perfect for whatever activity you’re doing, from hiking the spring trails to a summer run. (It makes a great gift too). 61 percent merino wool, this is a great sock for wicking and breathability, and its light cushioning ensures you’re comfortable on the trail.

This year we’re all about Smartwool’s PhD line. Built for performance in the highest degree, it’s a superior sock for the serious hiker.  Reinforced in high-wear areas with strategically placed ventilation areas, this medium-weight crew is a wear-everywhere hiking sock.

Our top pick for the whole-hearted trekker, this sock will hold up to anything.  Designed to support your foot for even the heaviest loads, it’s perfect for long hikes and backpacking trips.  With additional insulation it will keep your feet toasty for those cooler trips, and extra arch support will make sure you stay comfortable wherever you go.


A versatile light hiker, this sock can take you from an easy walk to a moderate hike.  Specifically designed for women, it features an arch brace to avoid slipping, and it’s made of 68 percent merino wool to ensure your feet stay nice and dry all day.  Great for warmer weather and short to medium-length hikes.

This medium weight sock from Point6 is all about comfort.  Featuring extra cushioning on the foot-bed to protect from heavy-wear zones, and extra cushioning on the instep and leg to protect from rubbing footwear, this is best sock if you’ve got sensitive feet.  With all that extra cushion your feet are sure to stay safe, no matter the trail type.  A true trail sock, take it with you on whatever terrain.

Like we said earlier, we’re all about Smartwool’s PhD line, and if you’re a serious hiker, you should be too.  With advanced technology, Smartwool’s ReliaWool™ and 4 Degree™ fit system, this heavy-weight crew doesn’t mess around.  If you’re going on a long hike in cooler weather, this is the sock for you.  Strategically placed ventilation wicks away sweat and ensures your foot doesn’t overheat, while extra cushioning provides you comfort throughout your entire hike.

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