When hiking what is the worst feeling in the world? The answer is being in the middle of a long trek and finding a bright blister on the bottom or side of your foot because the sock being worn has rubbed the foot raw. Finding the right sock for each hike has been a problem for many people over the years. Here are some helpful hints on how to find the right sock for the hike.
There are really many different hikes that all need different types of socks for each. The first hiking difference would be a short hike compared to a long hike. For a short hike the need for a thick heavy sock is not always necessary. This type of hike usually calls for a lightweight sock that will readily wick away sweat while keeping the foot from being rubbed around the ankles and on the heel. For men a good choice is the RedHead® Lifetime Guarantee Lightweight Quarter Socks, these socks are high enough to keep the ankle and heels from rubbing while at the same time giving that sweat wicking that is needed for a day hike. A great sock for the ladies on a day hike is definitely the Ascend® Hiker Quarter Sock, these socks are lightweight wool which wicks away sweat efficiently while at the same time giving the support needed from a good hiking sock.
The next type of hike where specialized socks are a necessity is the long trek. These hikes are usually a weekend long and having a blister after the first day can be disastrous. So the type of sock needed is very different from the sock used on the day hike. This sock should be comfortable while being able to breathe, and at the same time give the support and sweat wicking ability without compromising any of these other functions. For a long hike it is also a good idea to pack a few extra socks just in case one pair does run through or a blister does start to form, putting on an extra pair of socks can help keep a blister from getting worse! A pair of socks that has stood the test of time for men would be the RedHead® Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose Socks. These socks are great for long distance hikes because they offer the support for the foot inside the shoe while at the same time giving a superior level of sweat wicking even on the hottest of hikes. The best choice for ladies Natural Reflections® Lifetime Guarantee Sock, is basically the men’s sock accept with a fit for a ladies foot, making this a great sock for a long hike where a comfortable and wearable sock is needed.
Finally the hike that most people would prefer to avoid is the hike in wet conditions. Sometimes even the best plans turn south quickly, but having the right socks for a hike where rain comes unexpectedly is a must. By packing an extra few pairs of socks that can be worn in the rain any hiker can keep comfortable on a hike. A set of wet condition socks need to be able to keep the foot warm while at the same time being able to dry quickly and still remaining comfortable. A sock that everybody can wear in wet conditions is the Ascend® Hiker Crew Sock, these socks are for men and women and are purpose built for comfort. They are able to wick away sweat while at the same time keeping feet warm and comfortable inside a wet shoe. So keeping a few of these awesome socks in a hiking bag is not a bad idea in case Mother Nature decides it is time for a little rain.
The sock can basically make a hike or break it. So knowing what type of hike will be taken and what socks are best fitted for the hike is always a must. Having a few extra socks on any hike is also a plus making it easy to trade out socks that may become damaged or just aren’t fitting correctly. As always happy hunting and good luck!