I'll be haunting all the outlets and "sale racks" come January. I am trying to make a budget of $5 per pair which might be a challenge of socks like SmartWool that run about $20. I am finding some on "clearance" for $9.Merino wool 100% has no itch. That's why the technology was created. It was a great break-through. Try some. I personally stay with the better name brands since my feet are sooooo important for hiking, etc., and especially if the SHTF. Campmor has some good prices on even the better quality Merinos. I love the Wigwam Ingenious Hiking Socks or the Smart Wool. Also Fox River or Columbias are good. Also, check out REI, they have a very nice selection though a little more pricey.
HAHAHAHAHA!! I wore 100% wool on a "tramp" in New Zealand and A. Kept losing my socks and B. Got the worst athletes foot with soggy socks.<snip> Some boots like to eat socks, you are constantly fishing to retrieve the sock before it crawls down to your toes, ha. I do keep a few pairs of the woolies around, because they do work when you step through ice into water up to your knee, and have to keep going. Wool blends, see below.
Just bought some bamboo socks that say they are wicking etc Also bought some cheap at Target that are I think a poly/merino blend dressy ankle sock. I got these as liners w/ a goal of getting chunkier wool or skiing socks on sale.Poly socks: I think I would pick simple poly socks. Sure, they are cheap, which I like, and they dry out fast, keep it simple.
There are lots of socks that claim to be moisture wicking with blends from mostly cotton to mostly poly (just basic hanes etc). I wonder if higher poly is better?Cotton: Cotton kills, it takes a long time to dry.
Other synthetics, and blends of the above, will give you a compromise of their basic characteristics. if you find a blend that works for you, stick with it.
Totally agree on the last bit.Those expensive socks will surely be on sale next year, a good time to stock up. Actually I think the whole world will be going on sale next year. Now would be a good time to scout the likely sources, and wait for those fire-sale prices when the economic meltdown comes to town.
If you have the room (more below) layering socks is probably a good thing, and would help with wool itch if you have that problem.
Your feet will tend to swell during a long hike, especially with heavier loads. I used to run marathons, what was I thinking, gee.
Do you buy a larger size in boots?Anyway, the running gurus told us to make sure there was plenty of room in the shoes toe box area, as our feet would swell almost a whole shoe size over the 26 miles. The same goes with hiking boots and toting heavy loads. I have some favorite shoes/boots that will accommodate a thin pair with a heavier sock over that, my others wont.
True. Oh to be a baby....The best solution is to be carried, ha.