There are many items I have I really don’t give much thought to and for that reason don’t give any thought to writing a review about them. But as I walked out of REI today with four pairs of socks totaling $70, I realized some people would think I’m nuts for having spent that kind of money on just four pair of socks.
Your footwear is arguably one of the most important, often overlooked, pieces of hiking kit you can own. Think about it. Your mode of transportation is your feet. And having good footwear can make or break your hiking experience.
People are often looking for that holy grail shoe that will give them the comfort they seek while hiking, yet often neglect the other item you wear prior to your shoes—socks.
When I first started hiking, like most, I just put on whatever pair of socks and then donned my shoes. Many times, depending on the length of the hike, by the time I was done with the hike, my feet would be sore and sometimes have blisters. I really never gave it much thought and just thought I needed better conditioning and eventually I would just get used to it. As time went on, and I started getting more serious about hiking, I started to take my footwear more serious. That seriousness, however, never went beyond my choice of shoes. Sure, I tried various wool hiking socks, but only because I was trying to be a part of the norm as to what is the accepted hiking appearance. Regardless, soreness still prevailed. It was later, as I became more and more interested in long-distance hiking, that I would come to view my footwear as not just shoes, rather a system also inclusive of my socks—Enter Darn Tough Socks.
After pouring over tons of online content from thru-hikers, I began to notice a recurring theme. By and large the socks of choice for long distance hiking were Darn Tough socks. Time and time again I would come across hikers who would rave about Darn tough socks and how the socks all but stopped blister development on their feet and overall foot fatigue was reduced. After all the online reviews I saw of them, I decided to take the plunge and by some.
It’s been a few years since my first pair of Darn Tough Socks. And today, after having spent $70 on four pair, for me it is still one of the best investments I’ve made in my hiking kit, so much so, that I’ve actually gotten rid of all my other socks and now use Darn Tough socks, exclusively.
Darn Tough socks are made in Vermont and have an unconditional lifetime warranty. They come in different lengths and colors, though I like the quarter rise socks for hiking. Immediately, the first thing one feels is the built in padding in the sole. It really is some next level comfort. Made of Merino Wool, they are sure to appeal to those dyed in the wool aficionados of good quality. And ever since I’ve started wearing Darn Tough socks I’ve experience less foot fatigue and have never gotten any blisters.
I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO REGULAR SOCKS!