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watershed

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #15 on: 18:21:43, 17/03/20 »
I use a mixture of socks. Most commonly Bridgedale and 1000 mile socks for one day hikes.
I have found that on multiday hikes with a Full Rucksack that my feet swell a little after a couple of days, especially if it is warm weather. I then change to a thinner sock to leave room in my boots. Then I use X-socks trek outdoors.
I have never bothered with a liner sock.


WhitstableDave

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #16 on: 23:04:37, 17/03/20 »
As others have said, the problem is likely to be with your boots or shoes rather than your socks. I do a lot of walking and never get blisters... except, that is, when I wear a certain pair of boots. Although they feel comfortable, I start to get blisters after about 5 miles. They were no better after four attempts, so I stopped trying!

Again like others, most of my socks are Bridgedales and I recommend them highly. However, my favourite pair of socks are Smartwool. They were my first 'proper' walking socks (not counting quite a few pairs from Mountain Warehouse). I bought them from Cotswold Outdoor when I'd just been given brand new Salomon boots after arriving in my not-very-old squelching ones. I was so pleased with the no-quibble service that I went along with the assistant's advice to get some decent socks while I was there - and he recommended Smartwool. Until then, I wouldn't have dreamed of spending over £20 on a pair of socks!

Regarding Mountain Warehouse... I'm a big fan of some of their stuff, but not their socks. They're cheap and the ones I've had have felt fine, but they've developed holes far too quickly.

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #17 on: 23:20:41, 17/03/20 »
Wool socks are almost always recommended, but for me personally I have found them just too damn hot and not breathable. My toes seem to instantly sweat wearing wool socks. I may be the odd one out with that, but I have found plenty of people who say the same thing now. There's always gonna be people like us who have, for whatever reason, a different reaction.


I did recently rtry thorlos cushioned hiking socks and they are really good. Quite warm just due to thickness. Good old cotton is most breathable I find, but bad when wet and cold.


It may be an idea to stop, remove boots AND socks for a bit, maybe use a bit of talc, before continuing. Feels great and can prevent blisters (which I've never had)

wobblyknees

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #18 on: 10:09:53, 18/03/20 »
Have a look at these
https://www.horizonsocks.co.uk/


I've been wearing them for years. Don't know if they can be bought retail from any of the outdoor shops.


Long time since I researched them but I think they used to actually make the socks of many of the BIG outdoor walking socks brand names.
I find them very good.

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #19 on: 10:46:36, 18/03/20 »
Bridgedale medium weight. Tried their thin ones and seem to give me some soreness on longer walks in some areas but mid seems just right.


Fine buying seconds when it comes to socks, there's zero difference when they go in your boots anyway!

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #20 on: 12:47:13, 18/03/20 »
My problem with all the well known brands of hiking socks like Bridgedale and Thorlo is that they're far too long. I don't want socks that reach the tops of the calves, even in winter and certainly not in the summer months.
The best socks I've found for length are Hilly Supreme Anklet socks that, despite their name, reach between a third and half way up the calf. I wear DG trainer liner socks underneath them.

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #21 on: 12:55:04, 18/03/20 »
My problem with all the well known brands of hiking socks like Bridgedale and Thorlo is that they're far too long.

Bridgedale do make very short ankled socks but, on googling, it seems the shortest ones with wool content are in the women's section. They are the ones I wear in the summer including trekking in hot countries.
https://www.bridgedale.com/710-610-trailsport-lightweight-t2-3-4-crew
Though the blurb states that they are especially designed for women's feet I wonder how much difference that really makes if they are the correct size.
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Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #22 on: 13:11:33, 18/03/20 »
Though the blurb states that they are especially designed for women's feet I wonder how much difference that really makes if they are the correct size.
I probably wonít find too many womenís socks that will fit my feet (12 wide or extra wide). Even if I could find size 12 womenís socks they would likely be much too narrow. My wife has the opposite problem taking only a size 1. In theory she could wear childrenís socks/ boots as an alternative, but these are usually too narrow and she generally doesnít want glitter, unicorns or flashing lights on her footwear.

vghikers

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #23 on: 14:29:03, 18/03/20 »
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Bridgedale do make very short ankled socks
True 'ankle socks' are always too short - I'm a fussy blighter!.

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My wife has the opposite problem taking only a size 1.
:o I thought my wife's difficulties were unusual having size 9 - she nearly always ends up with men's footwear.

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she generally doesnít want glitter, unicorns or flashing lights on her footwear.
Now that would be style!. Very visible to MRT too  :)

mow1701

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #24 on: 19:20:26, 26/03/20 »
I suffer from blister on little toes when backpacking and I have found Injinji liner Toe Socks brilliant. My thicker sock are a Thorlo. Perfect combination

Birdman

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #25 on: 09:24:01, 27/03/20 »
The two types I use are Bridgedale Ultralight and Bridgedale Trekker. Both are wool, of course. The Ultralight is my favourite so that's what I'm wearing most of the time. I like thin socks, because they are cooler and also take up less space in my boots. The Trekkers are thicker and offer more padding. I like that when my boots are soaked. I don't normally get blisters, except when I get trench feet and ticker socks makes hiking in soaked boots slightly better. So on multiday walks I usually walk on the Ultralights but carry a pair of Trekkers as a backup in case I get really wet feet.


However, my sock preferences might differ with different boots. You need to find the combination of shoes and socks that works for your feet. Everybody is different.
My travel and walking reports: https://www.hikingbirdman.com/

Magic girl

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Re: what type of hiking socks?
« Reply #26 on: 11:29:39, 27/03/20 »
I swear by darn tough socks,I won't wear anything else,They may seem expensive but they come with a lifetime warranty and I know that the company does honour this,I've even converted my hubby to darn tough socks x