The Phd Run Light Elite sock won our test of the best running socks. “It wicked better and dried faster than most of the 58 other socks we tested, seemingly regardless of weather or trail conditions,” wrote tester Cory Smith.
Merino wicks moisture, dries quickly, and is comfortable against the skin. These are my favorite pieces to sweat in.
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A pair of high-quality merino wool socks are a worthy investment in our book, considering that unpleasantries on the trail––blisters and chafing––start with wet feet. These socks wick and breathe exceptionally well, and are built to provide warmth and comfort for all-day endeavors.
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The mountain vista wrapped around your ankle is captivating, but it’s the soft merino wool that will make you want to wear these socks on the reg, whether or not you’re on the trail. They’re soft, warm and just a little bit stretchy, and the ridges on the top of…
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Stance’s Hike Sock is one of our favorite budget-friendly essentials. The wool blend keeps feet dry and warm, while the seamless toe closures and reinforced heels and toes offer extra cushioning. Plus, we dig the Ridge Line’s eye-catching design.
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We found Smartwool’s PhD Ski Light socks essential for resort skiing. “It’s tough to beat this blend of merino and synthetic fibers for the best mix of warmth, plushness, and sturdiness,” our tester wrote.
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In a search for the best fall hiking socks, our tester Graham Averill wrote: “If you’re running from the chilly fall temps and hiking in the desert, this is our favorite warmer weather hiking sock.”…
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CEP is known for its compression layers, and this sock has graduated compression features that help enhance circulation through the calf and foot. But you’ll really appreciate the blend of silk, merino wool, and synthetic fibers that maximize the warmth and comfort of these socks. The seamless toe closure doesn’t…
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If you appreciate buying American-made, you’re going to like this sock, which is made in the states with domestically sourced materials. Knit with a blend of wool, bison down, nylon, and polyester, this sock has reinforced heels and toes plus ribbed arch support for a comfy fit.
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