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Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
Simple sock recommendation needed on 05/30/2013 17:48:06 MDT Print View

I've been studying socks for a few hours and my mind's starting to spin. I just need a simple recommendation or set of recommendations. What I'm looking for is a sock that is as quick-drying, lightweight (<40 g), and durable as possible and covers the ankle. Synthetic preferred. Low price as well.

I have worn nylon-based dress socks extensively in the past, but they're usually too high up on my calf and often beefier than I would like.

It also must be something that I can order online (e.g. Amazon) because I am not in the U.S. and cannot just hop over to Walmart/JC Penny's.

Recommendations much appreciated!

Edited by Legkohod on 05/30/2013 17:55:11 MDT.

Bily Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
socks on 05/30/2013 18:01:04 MDT Print View

I use the Darn Tough brand:
http://darntough.com/hike-trek-1439.html

I prefer the cool-max version as I think wool is heavier and holds more water/sweat... others believe the wool version wicks moisture away from your skin better...

they're not cheap... but they last...

and, what ever brand socks you buy, be sure to get ones of the thickness that makes your boot fit best... socks that are too thick will make your boot too tight... socks that are too thin will make your boots too lose... in my experience..

bill

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Simple sock recommendation needed on 05/30/2013 18:18:53 MDT Print View

Darn tough are very good, also you worth looking at Bridgedale in Europe.

Richard DeLong
(Legkohod) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Europe / Caucasus
Darn Tough on 05/30/2013 18:20:30 MDT Print View

Thanks, Bill. I'm sure those are nice. I often hike in Darn Tough merino and like them a lot, but I'm looking for a thin sock lighter than anything Darn Tough makes, as far as I can tell from their pictures. I'm preparing a system to be used for a 4-week trek in cold and wet conditions above the Arctic Circle that consists of:

- 2 light, thin, and quick-drying pairs (what I'm asking about in this thread) — I think some kind of cycling sock may fit my needs
- 1 pair warm, insulating, yet quick-drying
- 1 Outdoor Research VB socks

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
Re: Simple sock recommendation needed on 05/30/2013 18:20:51 MDT Print View

The Defeet Levitator Lite will be the lightest weight "sport" sock you will find. They come in a variety of ankle lengths.

Bily Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
thin sock on 05/30/2013 18:34:10 MDT Print View

for a light weight/thin hiking sock I've been using and really like Cabela's X4 Tech socks:

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&N=0&fsch=true&Ntk=AllProducts&Ntt=sock+copper&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products&x=0&y=0

they are snug and don't slide around on your foot... all synthetic materials... seem to be tough... never had a blister with them...

bill

Scott Hayden
(Spiffyguy) - F
Wright Sock on 05/30/2013 18:49:42 MDT Print View

I like my Wright Sock Escape IIs. No blisters yet have many dirty and wet miles. I am a convert..for now.

josh jordan
(jjchgo) - M
Simple sock recommendation needed on 05/30/2013 19:06:56 MDT Print View

i picked up the c9 premium low cut socks from target right before my last hike and absolutely loved them. for the price and fit i couldnt be happier. $8.99 for a 3 pack, 97 % Polyester, 2 % Spandex. i cant speak on how long they will last but for the price i'm happy w/ my purchase.

hth,

jj

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Point 6 on 05/30/2013 19:07:22 MDT Print View

Ok, how durable are they?I have gone through dozens of coolmesh II Wrightsocks. I get about 250 miles. Absolutely love them. Are the point 6 heavier the the standard coolmesh II?