Wicking socks

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Quixoticgeek, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    I'm after some socks that are very effective at wicking sweat and moisture away from the skin. My current Darn Tough Merino socks aren't upto the task.

    Any recommendations?

  2. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    I've heard good things about Drymax socks.

    They seem to be popular with the ultra running community & they claim to be 'the best at wicking'. Obviously take that with a grain of salt.

    I've used a pair but only for running but my feet don't get really all that sweaty. I should take them out backpacking to see if they keep my feet from getting all rimply & clammy after a few days in wet & boggy conditions.
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  3. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    Reviews look good. Have ordered a pair of their 1/4 cycle socks from the US. Should arrive in the new year.

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  4. mag

    mag Day Walker

    Bought a couple of types of Drymax running socks. Would advise against their Hyper Thins, not suitable for hiking, comfortable and cool but they wore out after about 40 miles. The Thins seem to be still going strong, quite a bit thicker, but only worn them a few times so far.
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  5. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I use the lightest pair I could find (inov8 race ultra mid) and they are super thin and have proved fine durability wise (not worn out... yet). @Arne L. Your feet are still gonna get wrinkly in April, I guarantee it :p
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  6. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    I used to have a pair of polyproplyne socks but can't find any replacements. They worked - the bridgedale coolmax ones work for a while but wear out really quickly
  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I like X-socks Trekking Light for warm weather hiking trips
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  8. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Morvelo cycling socks on sale for £6 at Wiggle. Very nice.
  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Another vote for DryMax, i have two different pairs and theyre excellent for my feet, wether im wearing trainers over distance or hiking in boots.
    They work very well when having to wear sealskinz type socks....
    Wearing believing....
  10. shetland_breeder

    shetland_breeder Ultralighter

    Another vote for DryMax - apart from Sealskinz they are the only socks I use for hiking and running. Either Lite Trail or Lite-Mesh depending on the temperature.

    You can get them in the UK from https://www.ultramarathonrunningstore.co
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  11. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    So do you wear drymax under sealskins?
  12. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Stand alone socks, I do wear them when I'm wearing sealskinz though if I'm.doing more than ten miles or when its near freezing.
    I've worn them in high temperatures and done some good distance in them. They do for me what they claim to do.
  13. shetland_breeder

    shetland_breeder Ultralighter

    No, I use the 'thin ankle socks' which have a Merino/Acrylic/Polyester inner and if it's cold (freezing puddles or snow) I wear a Teko merino liner. No reason you can't wear a Drymax sock as a liner - one of the thinner versions should be OK, but my feet have never been damp enough for long enough to consider doing that and i mostly need more warmth (but see below).

    I see Sealskinz now have a 'Super Thin' sock which _might_ need a liner all the time. It's not clear whether they have reduced the bulk of the main body of the sock or the inner, or both.
    If they've reduced the outer that should be good news as one downside of Sealskinz vs Goretex is that the sock holds a lot of water - not so good if the water is very cold and you are moving slowly. The liner helps a lot under those conditions.
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  14. Quixoticgeek

    Quixoticgeek Ultralighter

    The drymax socks work really well, Unfortunately not well enough to keep my feet warm in winter. I'm hoping they are better in the shoulder seasons.

    Thanks all for the recommendations.

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  15. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    They work - at least for me - in the shoulder seasons. And very well in summer... obviously.

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