Darn Tough is probably one of the most recognizable and widely-known brand of socks for hiking enthusiasts. And this popularity is just a testament to the quality of socks that this company is putting out into the market.
Today, we get to review the Darn Tough Men’s Merino Wool Hiking Socks. We’ll look at its technicalities, its pros and cons, and our recommendation if you ought to buy a pair (or more) of these socks.
Just looking at the product, I’m already sure that we’re in for a treat. So, without further ado, let’s look at some of the socks’ most notable features.
One thing needs to be clarified first, and that’s the material composition of the socks. I know that the product is mentioned as “wool” but it’s actually a combination of Merino wool (61%), nylon (36%), and Lycra spandex (3%). It’s mostly wool though, so let’s brush aside the inconsistencies and just accept the sock for what it is.
Cushioning at the bottom of the socks provide support for your feet, so that your feet are protected during light inconsistencies throughout the trail hike. Darn Tough also features a snug, performance fit. This also protects your feet to keep you from slipping and having blisters, and prevents the sock from bunching during your long walks.
Merino wool is cool for your feet in the summer and warm during the cold seasons. This makes these socks perfect for all of the hikes you are planning for any time of the year.
And when you don’t have much access to running water during your hike, it’s good to know these socks are also antimicrobial, meaning you can neglect washing them for days and they won’t smell… much.
But please, when you can, go and wash your socks! It’s just hygienic, you know.
It’s hard to provide more pros for the Darn Tough Merino Wool Hiking Socks when the features are all too juicy and nice already. But I guess this just goes to show that these socks definitely live up to the brand’s name. And if that’s not enough for an assurance, Darn Tough has a lifetime warranty to back its claim to these socks’ performance. It also helps that Darn Tough is one of the few highest quality sock brands in the market today.
It’s not all wrong to go and hike with just regular cotton socks, but these Darn Tough hiking socks will prove to be more durable and more comfortable than any cotton sock that you’ve worn during a hike, guaranteed. And if you’re planning to hike the long trails, these socks are tested and proven to serve your feet well, making them a must-wear.
The Darn Tough Men’s Merino Wool Hiking Socks is not cheap. For about $20 more or less, you’re spending quite the dollar value for just mere socks. But then again, these socks are no mere socks. You’re paying for what it’s worth for your feet to feel comfort even when you’re punishing them during lengthy hikes. In my opinion, the price is just right for socks that can potentially last you a very long time.
Also, keep in mind that some people don’t react well to wool. For many, this is just a minor setback and they just need to make their feet accustomed to the slight itch and discomfort the wool brings to their feet. After some time of wearing the socks, your feet should be snugging in nice and comfy.
We like the Darn Tough Men’s Merino Wool Hiking Socks and definitely recommend it for those who are planning to hike the long hike. It’s pretty expensive for socks, but the service it will bring you and your feet will definitely pay for itself.