Product review

August 31, 2019

Darn Tough socks

Tested by: Russ

Cost:

GBP

Weight:

g

Miles used:

Miles

Times replaced:

Replacements

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Review

I’ve tried so many different types of socks and hiked many miles testing out different pairs for that perfect balance between comfort and durability. So why the Darn Tough Hike no-show socks?

 

Why Darn Tough?

They’re made to last and with a lifetime guarantee, you’re reassured that you can get them replaced for free. Just call them up or give REI a buzz if you’re in the USA and they’ll replace them when you need a new pair. They’re one of the few gear companies out there that offer that level of care to their customers. Also, I’ve been so used to my New Balance Flat knits which work so well, but they’re completely synthetic and again, you don’t get that lifetime guarantee.

 

How well does it work?

I smashed 210 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail before needing to come home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In those 210 miles, I found them to be very comfortable and breathable. Decent socks!

 

What’s there not to like?

They do pick up things from the floor easily if you’re wearing them around without shoes on. Dog hair has to be the worst! They also do bobble up a bit due to the wool in them, but it wasn’t an issue.

 

Value for money

At £16 per pair, it’s a lot of money to spend on a pair of socks. Let me remind you of the lifetime guarantee and also, they’re performance grade socks for thru-hiking. Sure, you can hike in a cheaper pair of socks, but how long will they or your feet last? Maybe not as long. Enjoy these socks, they’re worth the money and you won’t regret it.

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Overview

  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Value for money 70% 70%

BPros

  • Lightweight
  • High wicking
  • Long-lasting
  • Comfortable
  • Durable

CCons

  • Expensive

Specs

Price:

£16.13 on Amazon

Weight:

From 45g (1.58oz)

Material:

4% Nylon 43% Merino Wool 3% Lycra® Spandex

Features

  • Performance Fit
  • Fine gauge knitting
  • Fast action wicking
  • All-weather performance
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Seamless design
  • Light cushion
  • Low height
  • Guaranteed for life

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