Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks - Men's
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- 61% Merino Wool, 36% Nylon, 3% Lycra Spandex
- From day hikes to Denali this is a go-to sock for hikers seeking comfort, performance and style; cushioning along the bottom of the foot provides the perfect amount of support
- Performance fit means no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters
- Constructed from fine gauge Merino wool which is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial
- Still made in Vermont, USA
- Unconditionally guaranteed for life
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From day-hikes to Denali this is a go-to sock for hikers seeking comfort and performance. Cushioning along the bottom of the foot provide the perfect amount of support while a smooth, performance fit assures there's no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters. Fine gauge knitting makes this Merino Wool sock a true workhorse that's supremely comfortable, breathable and fast drying. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter and naturally antimicrobial so it repels bacteria and odor, which comes in handy when you need to get an extra day (or two) out of your socks. Still made in Vermont. Guaranteed for life.
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Do go to their website before purchasing as they have a large variety of styles, cushion thickness and fabric thicknesses for one to choose from. Having worn standard boot socks for years in the Marines, I found the claim that their socks stay in place during the day to be questionable, but I have been pleasantly reassured after several weeks of daily wear that they do in fact stay put.
The Gov't should issue these instead of those old cotton things.
Darn Tough vs. Smart Wool: After a winter's worth of wearing a pair of Smart Wool socks (with my Frye boots), the Smart Wool socks were worn thin on the heel and, to a lesser extent, the sole. I literally wore them out.
Darn Tough vs. Kirkland: I bough a pair of wool boot socks (Kirkland, which is Costco's store brand) and these held up very well over the course of a winter. They started to wear thin in the heel, but nothing drastic.
My Darn Tough socks have been 1/2 through a winter and still seem to be the same as they were when I got them. What really seems to put Darn Tough over the top (vs the Kirkland) is the 100% guarantee they give you. In addition, I have a pair of Darn Tough running socks that I wear everyday (and run 3.5 miles in, everyday) and they are like-new after over a year's use. I expect these Darn Tough socks to perform roughly the same.
Overall, I'd give Smart Wool (on a 10 point scale) a 5, the Kirkland a 8.5 and the Darn Tough a 9.
UPDATE (Dec. 18, 2016): The Kirkland socks are still fine, however the elastic toward the top of the socks is starting to loosen and the elastic part of the socks don't seem as stretchy as they were when new.
The Darn Tough socks are still going strong. There is some wear, but nothing alarming. Given that I wear them so often, it is really amazing that they are in such good shape.
If I had to re-rank, I'd go:
Smart Wool 5, Kirkland 8, Darn Tough 9.5.
I had one pair I bought while living in Vermont (4+ years ago), and they are still great. Now in Boston, I searched for these online specifically because of their quality. The first pair I bought is still in use and 100% up to par with a new pair: elastic, comfort, warmth
Extremely dense weave with good seams/moisture wicking material/soft and comfortable. Dare I say stylish? You will not be disappointed.
UNCONDITIONALLY guaranteed for life... I will gladly buy another pair if these things wear out.
I play what's called "scenario" paintball and I needed socks that would really cushion my feet for the long hours of play in rough terrain. I have tried other socks made for hiking and still end up with heat spots or blisters!
When I found this product, I liked the product description as well as the reviews and had to give these a try. Short and simple, after wearing these for a weekend of paintball, these were one of the most comfortable socks I've worn in a long time! No issues with the socks bunching up, nor any heat spots or blisters on my feet, plus they felt soft on my feet in comparison to other socks where they felt like I was wearing sandpaper!
Again, I enjoyed these socks so much, I bought another pair just so I have to use one pair per day!
I’ve replaced all my cotton dress, hiking, and athletic socks with Darn Tough.
I wear size 10.5 in most shoes and I bought size Large socks. They’re just the tiniest bit too big but it does allow the cushion to actually cushion and not be stretched out.
For long hikes and adventures, Shaking them out daily will extend their effectiveness and prevent odor and stiffening.
Fairly demanding list but I take my socks seriously. My favourite sock up to this point has been the Bridgedale MerinoFusion Summit. Those are brilliant.
I've read a pile of reviews and the Darn Tough were constantly well ranked so I thought I'd give them a go. They are very good but not quite as thick as the MerinoFusion. I guess the "Micro" in the name should have been a hint. The MerinoFusion as I say are thicker, but still good for a city boot sock, and much softer and I would say more comfortable than the Darn Toughs as well.
Now in saying that the Darn Tough are no poor cousin, they are very well made and comfortable sock. They look to be a lot harder wearing than my MerinoFusions so I guess there will be some upsides after a year or so.
Overall very satisfied with them even though I'd get something slightly thicker next time.