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Rohan Trail Sock | Review

Protect your feet from ankle-biting insects with the comfortable, warm-weather, Rohan Trail sock

Why We Chose The Rohan Trail Sock: Long-term insect-repelling qualities, comfortable, and durable

It’s no exaggeration to say that socks, for outdoor enthusiasts at least, have never been more technologically advanced than they are right now. Take the Rohan Trail Sock, for example. There are a couple of special socks in this year’s Outdoor 100, and Rohan’s effort here is definitely one of them.

Who Is The Rohan Trail Sock For?

A walking sock this good will do a job for you in multiple scenarios. However, its main USP is that it’s a warm weather sock with insect-repelling qualities. With that in mind, it’s probably best suited for people looking to do long hikes in hot, perhaps exotic, destinations.

“Its main USP is that it’s a warm weather sock with insect-repelling qualities”

Wear these on a summer’s day in the Highlands by all means (they’ll do a great job). What really makes the Rohan Trail so cool though is that they’re also incredibly well-suited to far-flung adventures – think Peruvian trekking, that sort of thing.

Versatility is the name of the game.


On a purely fabric front, what we’re looking at here is 78% Coolmax polyester, 18% polyamide, and 4% elastane. This is a good mix of breathability, durability, and stretchability.

The sock has also got high wicking and quick drying properties.


The standout thing to talk about here is, without question, the implementation of Rohan’s Insect Shield technology. Insect Shield protects covered skin against insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges.

Some of these insects are just irritating but some of them, as you’ll no doubt be aware, can have life-altering consequences for your health. These socks will help to keep you safe, and that’s a great thing in our book.

Elsewhere on the sock there’s evidence of comfort and durability being fused together into one package. The invisible toe seams, for example, help to deliver a nicer feeling around the foot while the reinforced heel and toe box means this is a sock that’s tough enough to go the distance. No risk of it falling apart prematurely on the long ones.

The sock has a reinforced toe box. Photo: Mike Brindley
It's also got a reinforced heel box. Photo: Mike Brindley
Insect Shield technology will protect your feet from nasty little bites. Photo: Mike Brindley

What Is Insect Shield

We’ve already shone a spotlight on the fact that these socks will help to stop insects from feasting on your ankles. But, what actually is Insect Shield technology?

“The treatment is so tightly bonded to the fibres that it retains effectiveness for the entirety of the product’s life expectancy”

Insect Shield converts clothing into convenient, comfortable, and effective protection against biting insects. Anything labelled with ‘Insect Shield’ will have been treated with Permethrin – an invisible, odourless, and durable ingredient which repels bugs. The treatment is so tightly bonded to the fibres that it retains effectiveness for the entirety of the product’s life expectancy.


If you’re new to this outdoor-specific sock business, you might think £15 sounds like a lot for a solitary pair. However, compare this to the equally advanced Rockay Razer (RRP – £16.62) and it’s clear, if you want the good stuff, you’re going to have to fork out more than you would for a multipack in Primark.

Where socks like the Rohan Trail and Rockay Razer leave you shorter in the bank account, they more than make up for in the durability and usability stakes. The Insect Shield technology and warm-weather design here means you’ll stay comfortable for far longer on the hot, stuffy, walks.

Worth the investment.

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“One of my main tests of these socks involved a wet backpacking trip through the Brecon Beacons and I’m sorry to admit that I wore them for two days straight.

Will wearing the socks during a backpacking trip through the Brecon Beacons.

“Interestingly, despite getting the socks pretty wet on the first day, they were reasonably dry and good to go (in my books) the next day. So that’s a good sign.

“Overall, I didn’t have any niggles from them. Comfort was good. I also liked the slightly thin construction – it meant they were very breathable throughout one of the muggier days I had.

“As for the insect repelling properties, all I can say is I haven’t picked up a tick while wearing these. That could just be a coincidence though, of course.”

Rohan Trail Socks


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