The 3 Best Socks for Hiking and Trailblazing

The 3 Best Socks for Hiking and Trailblazing

Hiking is a fantastic way to stay active, improve your fitness, and get into nature. But with all those miles spent walking along rocky paths, it’s no wonder your feet feel sore and achy. That’s why it’s essential to wear the right gear to protect and support your feet when you hike on uneven terrain.

While good hiking boots seem like a no-brainer, socks are an often underestimated piece of kit for both casual and hardcore hikers. Good hiking socks offer features that give hikers the comfort they need to keep on trekking. Your socks are between you and the elements, after all!

We’ve researched what you need to know to help you find the perfect pair of socks for hiking for you (and your feet)!

Great for the Outdoors

So, what should you look for in hiking socks? Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing your next pair:


Most hiking socks contain a blend of synthetic, natural, or both fibers, and these materials make hiking socks suitable for different conditions. Synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon, and spandex are breathable, moisture-wicking, and durable, making them ideal for the wear and tear of hiking. Wool is a natural fiber that can keep you warm and dry and has natural anti-microbial properties to keep your feet healthy and smelling fresh. 


Generally, the more cushioning socks have, the warmer they will be, so added comfort can sometimes come with the risk of overheating. Choosing the cushioning you like in your hiking socks will depend on how long your hikes are, the weather, and how much your feet usually sweat. Socks with little-to-no padding are an excellent choice for hot climates, while heavily cushioned socks for hiking will suit those on long hikes in challenging terrain and freezing weather.


How high you like your hiking socks will depend on the height of your boots and the conditions. No-show or ankle socks are an excellent choice for warm weather and for wearing low-cut shoes like trail runners. Taller options like crew socks protect your ankles from rubbing against taller hiking boots and provide extra warmth in winter. 

Our Top 3 Picks for Hiking Socks

Now you know what to look for in hiking socks, it’s time to find the perfect pair. Here are three of our favorite socks for hiking—there’s a pair to suit any hiking style!

Best lightweight hiking sock: CX3 Low

These CX3 White Low socks are an ultra-engineered sock constructed with Coolmax® to provide superior moisture-wicking and cooling technology, perfect for hot conditions or speedy hikes. The low-profile cuff pairs well with trail running shoes, and the light compression keeps feet supported and comfortable all day long.

Best hiking sock for the cold: ISW Isolwool® Trail Cuff

Perfect for mountain trails or chilly weather (and fair weather alike!), the ISW Isolwool® Trail Cuff is constructed with Isolwool®, utilizing merino wool and polypropylene to deliver superior moisture movement. A light cushion prevents blistering and enables prolonged performance in the harshest conditions, while wool naturally fights bacteria allowing the sock to remain clean and fresh. The crew cut perfectly matches your hiking boots, protecting you from blisters and excess sweat.

Best all-rounder hiking sock: CF2 Qtr

If you’re looking for a hiking sock that suits most conditions and terrains, the CF2 Qtr is a mighty fine choice. Utilizing the high-performance capabilities of Shadow Yarn, the CF2 transports moisture and heat away from your skin to keep your feet dry and thermally balanced. With a cushioned footbed and quarter height, your socks will protect your feet without overheating them.

There’s nothing quite like hiking. Fresh air, scenic views, and pure serenity are a treat for the mind, body, and soul. But those long days can leave your feet sore, blistered, or sweaty. Wearing the right socks for hiking can keep you comfortable so you can focus on enjoying the great outdoors.

Fitsok designs high-performance active socks that help hikers get more from their outdoor adventures. With technical fabric blends and robust support, expertly crafted Fitsoks will keep your feet dry and thermally balanced. Try a pair of Fitsoks and enjoy the comfort of performance socks for hiking, mile after mile.