What Hiking Socks Do I Need? - Great Outdoors Ireland

When you're out on the trail, every step counts – and that's where the right socks come into play. At Great Outdoors, we understand that the perfect pair of hiking socks can make all the difference in keeping your feet comfortable and blister-free during your outdoor journey. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting your hiking adventures, choosing the right hiking socks is crucial. Here are four key factors to consider:

Sock Height: Finding the Perfect Coverage The height of your hiking socks matters more than you might think. Great Outdoors stocks a wide range of hiking socks, from top brands like Smartwool and Bridgedale, in various heights to suit your needs.

  • No-show Socks: Ideal for low-cut footwear like trail-running shoes, offering minimal protection against abrasion.
  • Ankle Socks: Slightly higher than no-show socks, providing extra coverage for low- to mid-cut shoes and boots.
  • Crew/Boot Socks: A classic choice for hiking, these socks offer ankle bone protection and work well with boots that have high cuffs.
  • Knee-high Socks: Primarily designed for mountaineering, these socks offer added protection around the shins and calves.

Cushioning for Comfort The level of cushioning in your socks contributes to both comfort and warmth. Great Outdoors offers a variety of cushioning options from renowned brands like Smartwool and Bridgedale:

  • No Cushioning: Ultralight socks perfect for hot weather, with breathability and minimal padding.
  • Light Cushioning: Ideal for warm conditions, these socks prioritize moisture wicking and comfort.
  • Medium Cushioning: Providing cushioning for hiking and backpacking, suitable for moderate to cold conditions.
  • Heavy Cushioning: The thickest and warmest option, great for challenging terrains and cold temperatures.

Choosing the Right Fabric The Hiking socks we stock at Great Outdoors are crafted from quality blends to ensure comfort, warmth, and durability. Some popular materials you'll find in our selection include:

  • Merino Wool: Highly recommended by our experts, merino wool regulates temperature, offers cushioning, and is naturally antimicrobial.
  • Polyester: This synthetic material insulates, wicks moisture, and dries quickly, often blended with wool for a balanced combination.
  • Nylon: Adding durability and aiding drying times, nylon is another synthetic option found in some hiking socks.
  • Silk: Lightweight and comfortable, silk is occasionally used for moisture-wicking sock liners.
  • Spandex: Included in many hiking socks for elasticity, ensuring a snug fit without bunching or wrinkling.

The Perfect Fit for Happy Feet At Great Outdoors, we know that finding the right fit is essential for foot comfort during hikes. Our hiking socks are designed to fit perfectly, preventing blisters and discomfort. Follow these steps to ensure a proper fit:

  • Foot Size Matters: Consider your foot size rather than just your shoe size to avoid socks that are either too large or too small.
  • Consult Our Specialists: Visit a Great Outdoors store to work with our footwear specialists for personalized fitting assistance.
  • Use Our Size Charts: Use the size charts provided on our product pages to locate the right sock size, whether you're shopping online or in-store.

When you try on hiking socks, remember that a snug fit is key, with the heel cup aligning properly with your foot's heel. Explore our collection of top hiking sock brands like Smartwool and Bridgedale in-store and online at Great Outdoors, and gear up for unforgettable outdoor journeys with the utmost comfort and support. Your feet will thank you every step of the way.