Updated March 2017
We updated this review in early 2017 and found that the Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew has been updated. More details are below and in the individual review of this product.
Best Overall Hiking Socks
Darn Tough Hiker Full Cushion
The Darn Tough Full Cushion Hiker
was our favorite for its outstanding performance in all categories. This merino wool blend full cushion sock has managed to blend warmth, comfort, and breathability into one beautiful quick drying, boot compatible hiker. You'd think the full cushion design would require super thick materials, but this sock is actually pretty thin! The superior construction offers fantastic durability that will keep going as you log miles on your next big adventure. If you're looking for something with superior performance, this Editor's Choice award winner is where it's at. And yes - it comes with a lifetime warranty! And if you're someone who needs a full cushion boot sock in the middle of summer, check out the Coolmax Boot Sock
from Darn Tough.
Best Bang for the Buck
Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro
Not only is the Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro
the burliest sock tested, but it also proved to be warm and breathable. That in combination with an affordable price of just $14 made it our Best Buy award winner. The polypropylene makeup keeps the water from absorbing the fabric - while the fabric construct provides great breathability. Even though the fit is a little loose, it's optimal for a dual-sock liner system. The performance in combination with its low price makes this sock our highest value contender.
Top Pick for Versatility
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew
Updated PhD Outdoor Medium Crew
For 2017, Smartwool updated the construction of this sock with a focus on comfort and durability. A full side-by-side comparison of the old and new versions of this sock can be read in the product's full review.
The Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Socks
was one of the top competitors for Editors' Choice and some of our tester's favorite. Smartwool has managed to blend warmth, comfort, and wicking ability into one of the best mid-weight models out there. It was able to keep our feet warm in the coldest temperatures, but was beat out for breathability by the Darn Tough Full Cushion sock. Its great performance in combination with its wide temperature regulation range makes it our Top Pick for Versatility.