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    Another long distance hiker for Merino wool. I wear them, sometimes with polypropylene sock liners, under almost all thru-hiking conditions. If you are having problems with blisters after having tried on many different sock brands, models, and construction materials the socks may not be "the" cause of your blisters.

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    Smartwool Aderenaline, PHDs, or original ankle length hiking socks(shorties) in their various wts. are what treat my toes right!

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    ask most gung ho light fast young hikers and we will tell you to toughen your feet to the point where any sock works the exact same. its a fact . the body can do it. you can do it. and sox can do it. but you have tenderfoot. and an hardened attitude. lol. but really, get new feet. hear me well padwan.
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    i salute your endevor. i carry one pair of any old hikeing sox. one and only one. you see the new crap can last and be rung dry and gives us the option to carry bacon.
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    actually plain old ragg wool socks are the best. too much hi-tec, high dollar stuff on the market just for walkin'

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    i mean whatever the word is for loveing only wool sox. monogomas. thats it. so your admiting this?
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    you all know im the only one that can do thgat and stay on soktopic. sox rule!
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    Wrightsocks - 1 pair

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    Have hiked in Bridgedale light-weights, usually with a polpor liner, for years, and no blister problems (mostly weekend hikes, a few 4 - 7 day hikes). Brought 2 pair of Bridgedale for my 40 mile hike with my son last month, and a pair of Smartwools to sleep in. Wore the Bridgedales on the first 3 days, and no blisters. Decided on the last day to wear the Smartwools since they were clean (had only slept in them). Had a blood blister on the arch of my foot within two hours. It's been a month, and it's still there...

    Of course, I started wearing Bridgedales when I read Lone Wolf recommending them 4 or 5 years ago... Now he's recommending Darn Toughs - guess I'll have to check them out!

    I've had the Bridgedales for 4 or 5 years, similar to these:
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Solemates View Post
    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.
    I imagine Seal-skinz liner, right?

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    below 50 degrees - a pair of smartwool sox.

    above 50 degrees - two pair of penny's microfiber nylon sox.

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    cool/cold weather: smartwool
    Warm weather: I like coolmax or ultimax, they seem less slippery and clammy

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    Summit I am currently using Asics Gel Enduros which are low cut. I have about 100 miles in them and am trying different socks now. From my old basketball days we always used two pair of socks and now I am trying to find one pair that will work.

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    From my own personal experience:
    Timberland Wool - Worked good, but wore out fast.
    New Balance Wool - Great for winter, but too thick for summer
    SmartWool Thin (model?) - Great in summer, don't need a liner
    Bridgedale (model?) - Perfect! I bought several pair at TJMaxx at a bargain basement price.
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    I use a liner sock (nylon, so it wicks), and Smartwool wool socks over that, worn with boots. I have never, ever had a blister or a "hot spot." I do, on long days, take a break and take my boots and socks off to air out and dry while I do lunch. I also elevate my feet a while during this break, and that helps with swollen feet.

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    Two pair smart wool. One for hiking in and one for wearing at camp. Wet ones on in the morning and dry ones on when I get to camp.

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    All hiking socks make my feet sweat too much. I buy the 6 pack socks from Wal Mart. No liners. Try to change socks once a day if it's hot. Rarely get a blister.
    Pain is a by-product of a good time.

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    Darn tough socks rock. I use them with a polypro liner.

    Calloused feet prevent blisters. Thats the best solution, but Darn toughs are ooohhh so comfy!

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    Smart wool. 1 pair, no liners. Can get them cheap at Costco.
    "Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L’Amour

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