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    I'm a day hiker with occasional 1-2 night outings as well. I've been using the same two pairs of socks for the past couple of years... can't even recall what brand they are and they're a bit warn out. I'm looking for new ones. Recommendations? Was thinking of getting these, but not sure: http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/33721?feat=906-CL1

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    Darntough sox
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    You'll get a lot of recommendations, but Smartwool and Darn Tough are both great. Personally, I'm a Smartwool guy.
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    +1 on smartwool. But I have read so many good things about darntough socks that I am considering giving them a try.

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    Lycra dive fin socks. 80% nylon 20% spandex

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    +2 on Smartwool, I like the Hiker style ones.
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    Darn Tough. Lifetime guarantee. I've got some wool and some of the coomax ones, I wear them as my every day socks.

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    Lots of good sox out there. If you like thinner sox you should check out DeFeet, either Wooleator (thin) or Woolie Boolie (a little thicker). Excellent, long wearing, made in North Carolina.

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    I did a short section hike with Darn Tough and liked them for their durability. I'm thinking more and more, however, that Smartwools tend to be a little smoother inside and easier on the soles of the feet (but I've been laid up for a couple of months and my feet are pretty tender for an old hiker).

    I'll second DeFeet's Woolie Bullie socks (fairly heavy and well padded for an ankle sock). I can buy them for cost at the bicycle shop where I work. Comfy and durable.
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    I stopped purchasing the namebrands above a few years ago - I get the Hunter Socks from Walmart that are in the hunters section for cheap... & toss them after two years. Works Brilliantly.
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    I wear Thorlos since I am allergic to wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    I stopped purchasing the namebrands above a few years ago - I get the Hunter Socks from Walmart that are in the hunters section for cheap... & toss them after two years. Works Brilliantly.
    I have always done the some.

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    My preference is the REI Expedition weight sock - I like wool and a heavy wght sock; extra cushioning, even it is just in my mind.

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    Darn Tough,de here's why, I own both, and smartwool are too easily stretched out. Darn Tough maintains shape and doesn't lose shape or freshness/firmness, etc., plus there's a lifetime guarantee on DT, smartwool no.

    The decision should just have gotten a lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayo View Post
    Darn Tough,de here's why, I own both, and smartwool are too easily stretched out. Darn Tough maintains shape and doesn't lose shape or freshness/firmness, etc., plus there's a lifetime guarantee on DT, smartwool no.

    The decision should just have gotten a lot easier.
    Yep, what Rayo said ! :-) Darn Tough socks will last forever and with comfort ............ light or heavy pack.

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    Darn tough with the fox river liners.

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    While restocking food supplies at a Wal-Box store somewhere along the AT, I searched the sock section to see if I could find a non-cotton sock that might be cooler. I found these... Dr. Scholl's Diabetes and Circulatory Health Crew Socks.

    (From a retail web site...) Dr. Scholl's Diabetes and Circulatory Health Crew Socks are engineered to enhance circulation and provide dry use all day long. Featuring excellent moisture-wicking properties for maximum dryness and comfort. The DSM-9125 utilizes a non-binding top to improve circulation and to keep the legs unrestricted. The Diabetic Health Crew socks showcase non-irritating, smooth toe seam construction to provide added comfort in the toe area, while anti-Odor fabrication keeps your socks fresh.

    The Dr. Scholl's Circulatory Health Crew socks are specifically treated with an antimicrobial agent that resists bacterial odors, even after repeated washings, allowing for long lasting use and wear wash after wash. A classic crew length provides mid-calf coverage while a 2-pack design provides great value. King Size (big & tall) is designed with extra length in the foot and leg for a custom fit and extra comfort.

    Features include:
    • Fabric Content: 51% Polyester, 41% Acrylic, 7% Nylon, 1% Spandex
    •Non-Binding Top Allows For Better Circulation
    •Non-Irritating Smooth Toe Seam
    •Keeps Feet Drier
    •Odor Resistant
    •Made In The U.S.A.
    •Accepted By The American Podiatric Medical Association
    •Sold As A 2-Pack ( I think I paid $12 for the 2-Pack.)

    I really like these socks. They are light, durable, comfortable, easy to wash and dry fast. They come in several styles (low cut, crew, etc.) Thankfully, for me, they come in size 12.5 to 14. Plus, the price is right. I still have all my other "hiking socks" and wear them in cooler weather. But in the heat of the late spring, summer and early fall, I'll wear these Dr. Scholl's socks every time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    I stopped purchasing the namebrands above a few years ago - I get the Hunter Socks from Walmart that are in the hunters section for cheap... & toss them after two years. Works Brilliantly.
    F- Wal-Mart. No offense, Wise. I just can't stand that place. SmartWool and Darn Tough are both made in America. Buy them at your locally owned outdoors retailer.
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    Vermont Darn Tough socks are my favorites, bar none. If you use/need liner socks, I'm a fan of SmartWool merino liner socks.
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