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    Default What kind of socks do you use and how many pair do you wear?

    Over the past few years with some long distance hiking under my belt, I have yet to come up with a solution to socks. I have tried two pair and one pair of low and hi and still seem to struggle to find a good fitting socks that can help prevent blisters and wear well.

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    Merino wool. One pair.

    Liners wrinkle up, causing hot spots for me, and don't wick nearly as well as good quality merino wool.
    If people spent less time being offended and more time actually living, we'd all be a whole lot happier!

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    Merino wool liners with light merino wool socks works great for me, no blisters.

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    Default Socks

    I used Tilleys socks on my thur hike last year and never had a blister the entire trip.
    They are not available in outfitters you'll have to go online. They are expensive $18
    a pair but well worth it

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    Merino wool. One pair's good for me for a week of section hiking.
    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    One pair...I was first introduced to the idea of using a light pair as a " liner " way back when I was in the Infantry. I never liked it. I think it causes more trouble then it corrects. Therlo Treking socks have been good to me for lots of miles. Lately Ive become a big fan of 5.11's Level Two socks. Very comfortable.
    Absinthe.......It's not just for breakfast anymore.

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    darn toughs,they did great

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    One pair of Smartwool "Light Hikers".

    Quote Originally Posted by panama snail View Post
    I used Tilleys socks on my thur hike last year and never had a blister the entire trip.
    They are not available in outfitters you'll have to go online. They are expensive $18
    a pair but well worth it
    Hey Panama Snail....hello from Green Mountain House!!!!!

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    Bridgedale Trekkers. I've tried 'em all, and they're my absolute favorite.
    Just hike.

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    thin nylon socks in the summer.
    Fleece any other season.
    Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams

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    8 pairs of fleece over 2 pairs of wool and one liner works wonders for me.

    i guess my opinion is tainted because i've never had problems, but seriously...they are socks.
    The only thing better than mountains, is mountains where you haven't been.

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    darn toughs,they did great
    I second this. Wore Darn Tough socks last year on a PCT thru. Merino wool, and the most comfortable, longest-lasting socks I've worn. Small Vermont Company that will probably eventually sell out to a big corporation that will ruin their product. But for now, they're awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plodderman View Post
    Over the past few years with some long distance hiking under my belt, I have yet to come up with a solution to socks. I have tried two pair and one pair of low and hi and still seem to struggle to find a good fitting socks that can help prevent blisters and wear well.
    With what kind of shoe/boot? If you're wearing heavy high-top leather boots, blisters will find you. If you're talking trail runners, then a good fitting shoe and one good pair of wicking socks should work, or if you prefer, go with a thin liner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester2000 View Post
    Small Vermont Company that will probably eventually sell out to a big corporation that will ruin their product. But for now, they're awesome.
    yeah just like ben& jerry's overpriced ice cream. i too wear darn Tough socks

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    I usually slap on a pair of smartwool socks and I wear Keen hiking boots.
    Getting lost is a way to find yourself.

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    Smartwool Adrenaline's or PhD's for me. One UL low cut pair in summer and one crew length medium or expedition weight in winter.


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    Smartwool Adrenaline Ultralight, either low cut in summer or calf-height in cold weather. One pair. In trail runners.

    Just got a pair of the Darn Tough. I like them, but don't have much trail time with them yet.
    Ken B
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    I buy the thickest hiking socks I can find and wear sockliners underneath. One pair of each on my feet and one pair of each in my pack. I hike in trail runners and buy the widest width they come in.

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    2 pair of Wrightsox
    The trail was here before we arrived, and it will still be here when we are gone...enjoy it now, and preserve it for others that come after us

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    1 pair smart wool at a time, I carry 2 pair.

    I too have tried everything sock wise to prevent blisters, the only thing that regularly works is: Treat (cover) with mole skin when you feel a "hot spot" on your feet. Keep your feet as clean as possible. Keep your socks as clean as possible. Take Pack Off Boots Off Breaks (POBOBs) often to let your feet dry out. Keep your feet dry: wet skin is soft skin, soft skin is fragile skin.
    Curse you Perry the Platypus!

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