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Shoppers Call These the 'Best Hiking Socks on the Planet' — and You’re Going to Want One in Every Color

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 3/6/2021
a close up of a sock: Courtesy of Smartwool © Provided by Travel + Leisure Courtesy of Smartwool

Embarking on winter activities — from hiking and camping to snowboarding and simply dining outdoors — invariably leads to cold toes. Even if you've pulled on multiple layers of ultra-warm socks and slipped into fleece-lined boots, a few hours of trekking through snow in below-freezing temperatures ultimately results in frosty feet. 

To combat that loss of feeling, consider purchasing a pair of Smartwool socks, a favorite among hikers and skiers. The beloved hiking and skiing socks come in a variety of thicknesses, allowing you to pull on a pair that best suits the activity, whether you're lacing up trail shoes or stepping into ski boots. 

To buy: Men's PhD® Outdoor Heavy Hiking Crew Socks, smartwool.com, $27

For winter hiking and camping, opt for a pair of the heavier variety, stitched out of ZQ-certified merino wool that helps keep feet warm, dry, and comfortable (and itch- and stink-free). The brand's Indestructawool technology makes the socks both durable and comfortable, and each set is finished off with mesh ventilation zones that provide moisture management and maximum breathability. Plus, the socks have been designed with heavy cushioning, which absorbs high impact while still keeping your feet toasty.  

a close up of a sock: Never suffer from frozen feet again. © Provided by Travel + Leisure Never suffer from frozen feet again.

Smartwool also offers lighter and medium versions of the hiking socks, so there's bound to be something for everyone. They've been designed in both men's and women's sizes, and in a variety of colors like gray, taupe, charcoal, black, navy, and capri. 


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To buy: Women's PhD® Pro Outdoor Medium Hiking Crew Socks, smartwool.com, $30

Shoppers can't stop raving about these life-changing, essential-for-winter socks, with many mentioning how they're "warm and comfortable" as well as being "the best hiking socks on the planet." 

"When someone tells you to get hiking socks, they're going to recommend Smartwool PhDs, and that's for a reason," one reviewer shares. "These socks have a reputation and they live up to it. They're durable, comfortable, and you're going to want every color they make. Get 'em." 

"These are my go-to socks for long hikes and backpacking trips," another shopper writes. "They provide great cushion and protect my toes when hiking down the mountain."

Shop the socks directly through Smartwool, where they retail between $26 and $30, and never suffer from frozen feet again.  

To buy: Men's PhD® Pro Outdoor Light Hiking Crew Socks, smartwool.com, $28

To buy: Women's Hike Heavy Heritage Crew Socks, smartwool.com, $26

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