Which Darn Tough socks?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Whiteburn, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Thought I'd give the Darn Tough brand a go but which style?? Thinking the Light Hiker Micro Crew Light Cushion #1913 look OK but hard to tell from a photo.

    I normally use trail shoes so don't want a thick sock (water retention) & I've been using the X-Socks Trekking Expedition Light's but I need a couple of new pair & X-mas is just around the corner.
  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I used the above for the CT (one pair) and they worked well.

    Last summer I tried Wrightsox coolmax which are great, but only got 200 miles a pair so went back to DTs and also tried a pair of Wigwam merino coolmax mix.
  3. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Thanks, Are the 1913' a similar thickness to the X-Socks?
  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Not tried X socks.
  5. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Managed to pick up a pair of #1913's for £10 so I'll give them a shot.
  6. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Where from?
  7. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    On Amazon, unfortunately it was their last pair or i would have bought more :mad:

    AND THEN posted a link;)
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  8. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Darn Tough are great...Comfiest socks ever

    And I am definitely a bit of a Princess when it comes to footwear.:rolleyes:

    They aren't cheap; but if they really do (?) uphold their "We'll replace if you wear them out" promise, then they're a good investment.

    I've got 1/4 light 1749's ... Sublime.
    But also a knee high pair ... Great for cycling, and bridging the 3/4 length trew' britches gap.

    Had to import direct from U.S. (I am worth it;))
    Hard to find here; even online if you need bigger size.

    And especially if you need to have flowers on them...:cool:

  9. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I have a pair of the ultralight ankle ones and they're pretty good. The only problem with their warranty is that you have to pay the postage to the US on them. Probably just as well buying a new pair.
  10. Evan Davies

    Evan Davies Trail Blazer

    You should be able to return them to the retailer.
  11. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Ah, yeah you're probably right. Shame I can't remember where I bought them :banghead::hilarious:
  12. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    How did you get on with the 1913's Whiteburn? I'm also looking to replace a couple of pairs of worn out X-Socks TLs
  13. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    V.HAPPY with them, the 1913 are generally similar weight to the X-socks, the sole area is a little thicker.
    If I could find a couple more pair of Men's SMALL I'd buy them (especially at £10).
  14. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    I have 5 pairs of Darn tough socks, all Merino.

    I have the

    1906 - Mountain sock (Bought as my winter sock)
    1908 - Full cushion (x2) (Autumn + Spring)
    1901 - 1/4 cushion crew (x2) (Summer)

    They are the most comfortable socks I've ever had, and they have lasted longer than any pair of socks I've ever had (I destroy normal socks it seems).

    The only problem I have had with them is in the middle of summer. On a cycle trip in Luxembourg when temp was 34°C, I ended up in excruciating pain in my feet from the heat. Taking shoes and socks off, allowing feet to cool, then continuing on sans socks solved the problem. Next summer I may try a pair of their coolmax socks to see if they are better in warm temperatures.

    I use all of these socks with trail shoes, tho perhaps the 1906 are a bit too thick. The mesh on the shoes mean I'm probably not getting the best out of them that I could. You mention water retention. I've worn the 1908 and 1901 socks in conditions where they got soaked, and yet they were just as warm as when dry (or at least, my feet weren't cold). They dried quite a bit hung under my tarp over night too, not bone dry, but dry enough to avoid much of the cold damp sock experience first thing in the morning.

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