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Darn Tough Fastpack Micro Crew | Review

A lightweight and versatile sock that comes with a lifetime guarantee

I’ve been testing Darn Tough’s socks for over half a decade now and I really like the brand and its products. The socks are very comfortable, they always appear to be carefully made and they last very well. I’ve no shame in saying that I’ve got pairs in my sock drawer that are over five years old and they’re still going strong and actually don’t look anywhere close to wearing out.

The pair in focus here, the Darn Tough Fastpack Micro Crew, is a bit of a cross between a running sock and a hiking sock – as its name suggests. What this means is that it balances cushioning and support with breathability, so expect it to be quite thin but still padded underfoot.

If you want a hiking sock that’s super warm and padded throughout then look elsewhere – perhaps at the Helly Hansen Technical Alpine. But if you want something that’s geared towards summer performance then you’re in the right place.

OM editor Will using the Darn Tough Fastpacks on a backpacking trip in Wales. Photos: Dave Macfarlane

Like most of Darn Tough’s socks the Fastpack Micro Crew uses a blend of 52% Nylon, 45% Merino Wool, 3% Lycra Spandex. This, I’ve found, results in a sock that wicks moisture really well, that dries fairly quickly and that just feels very comfortable to wear. It has a decent odour resistance too, though that fairly high nylon content does mean that it does have a threshold there.

Again, like all the Darn Tough socks I’ve tried, there are no niggly seams here and that means no potential flashpoints for blisters. It’s important to note, however, that the top of the sock (as in the part that covers the top side of the foot) is quite thin and low on padding and that means it’s light on protection there. If you like a sock with a bit of protective bulk up top then, again, look elsewhere – I’d say the Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew would be a good alternative.

I’ve liked wearing these paired with trail shoes on lightweight hikes. I haven’t worn them for a fastpacking trip yet but I can see them having all the right virtues for running with a heavy pack. In fact, I could’ve done with these socks instead of the ones that I used when I ran a link up of all of Wales’s 189 mountains over 2000ft. I wore Bridgedale’s Trail Run T2 socks which I found took a long, long time to dry.

All in all, I expect there’ll be a lot of very lightweight thru hikers that’ll really like what Fastpack Micro Crew brings to the table. And don’t forget that there’s also Darn Tough’s “Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee” which promises that if a customer is not satisfied with the durability or performance of their socks at any point, they can return them for a replacement or refund. Not bad at all.

Darn Tough Fastpack Micro Crew

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