Why We Chose The Darn Tough Hiker Socks: Comfortable, durable and guaranteed for life
When you’re walking a long way over tough terrain, you want a sock that offers three essential things: comfort, durability and a great fit. And in the long-term, those ‘five for a tenner’ white sports socks from down the market probably aren’t going to cut it. But if you’re going to splash out on a premium hiking sock, you want one that’s going to last the distance – literally. So, why not turn to the brand that has been the sock of choice for countless US thru-hikers? Plus, Darn Tough are so confident in the performance and quality of their socks that every pair comes with a lifetime guarantee. Now that is a brand that believes in its products.
Who Are The Darn Tough Hiker socks For?
Well, as the name suggests, they’re for hikers (obviously) and go well with walking shoes and light hiking boots. The quarter height makes these a good fit for trail shoes as well.
A quality hiking sock should almost always have a high proportion of merino in the fabric blend. After all, merino wool is nature’s very own miracle-fibre – it’s soft, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating and naturally anti-microbial.
Why not just make socks from 100% merino then? Well, you could – and indeed, some sock manufacturers do. The problem is that since merino is so soft, it’s not always very durable. And wool is also not known for great shape retention, particularly after repeated washing (which, let’s face it, is a must when it comes to walking socks).