Good socks are essential if you want to hike in comfort. For fall weather hiking, we suggest longer crew-length socks with a little extra cushioning for added warmth. To find the best options, we scoured the internet for the highest rated medium-cushion socks and then put them to the test. These are our top five picks.
Darn Tough Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Extra Cushion ($30)
Live in place where it's already getting cold? Look here. This sock is made from mostly merino wool and has max cushioning and a tall cut for ultimate warmth. Bonus: all Darn Tough socks come with a lifetime guarantee.
Farm to Feet Madison ($25)
Made of 100-percent merino wool, this sock will go miles and miles without any stink. It also has full cushioning from the instep up to the calf.
Wigwam Hiker Midweight Crew ($27 for three)
The thickest, but also the best value of the bunch, this sock has a looser fit so it's better for folks with big calves.
Injiji Outdoor Midweight NuWool ($20)
Blisters and hot spots can develop even in the cold, so Injiji developed the five-toe design to eliminate rubbing. After a few hiking trips, we're believers.
REI Co-op Coolmax Ultralight Hiking Quarter Socks ($10)
If you're running from the chilly fall temps and hiking in the desert, this is our favorite warmer weather hiking sock. The mix of Coolmax polyester, nylon, and Lycra is breathable and stretchy, and the seamless toe-box helps reduce hot spots.