A pair of socks can make or break your feet on that dream hunting trip. We've researched the best hunting socks of 2020 to keep your feet happy hunting.
When your feet are in need, don't go much further. That really is the long and short. And socks are the true bonding factor of the Trifecta with ankle sock boots.
It's easy to shake off this device. Good socks are a weak and often neglected piece of fabric. They go unnoticed and are sometimes taken for granted. Bad socks, however, can ruin a trip with bundling, constant slipping, or – worse – chasing blisters.
Suck it up. Buy good socks. This list includes hunting socks for men, hunting socks for women, and hunting socks for children. And they're tested by GearJunkie and approved by reviewers.
Best hunting socks of 2020
A note about socks: if certain socks for genders are sold separately, we have stated this. But most socks are gender neutral. As a hunter, I regularly wear men's socks without any problems.
Best hunting sock overall: Farm to Feet Ely Sock – Lightweight & Middleweight
The gender-neutral Ely sock ($ 23-25) is a beast. It comes in both light and full pillows and in sizes as low as a 4 for women and up to 14.5 for men. The mid-calf height works for most hunting boots, and it's a sock that really goes unnoticed simply because it does the job so well.
With a merino content of 63%, it has an additional 8% copper content in addition to nylon and elastane for greater comfort. The antimicrobial combination of merino and copper is a real winner. They smell light, are slim where it matters, and are padded at the right pressure points.
I often reach for the Ely in all weathers, apart from the overcold Montana winter attack with negative degrees or the triple-digit heat. And you should too.
What customers say: “These socks are amazing. Light enough not to keep me sweating all day but heavy enough with the padding on the heel, toe box, and top of the foot to prevent blisters. I have 5 pairs of these! "- Stephen H.
Check the lightweight price here. Check out the middleweight price here
Best Budget Socks: Kirkland Signature Merino Wool Socks – Women & Men
In my opinion, these are on par with most of the socks on this list. I wrote one Full ode, uh, check out why Kirkland Socks are in my constant sock rotation. And it still sounds true. For $ 20 (and a Costco membership) you receive six pairs of high-grade merino-poly-blend socks. That equates to a solid $ 3.33 per pair – for merino socks.
They are warm, breathable, comfortable and suitable for almost all hiking situations, except for super hot or super cold days. If you don't have a Costco membership, follow up one of your friends to pick up a package. You will not regret it.
The socks for men and women vary slightly. But they're still a good buy.
What customers say: “They are my all time favorite socks! The wool is very soft and doesn't itch at all, and if your feet get cold these will keep them toasted without adding too much bulk. I also wear them when hiking, and when my feet sweat, the wool wicks away moisture. “- ColoradoSpringsSue
Check out the women's award here. Check the men's price here
Best hot weather socks: Le Bent Le Sock Trail Lite Crew
When the weather gets hot, I'll grab my Le Bent Le Socks ($ 22). The Le Bent Signature blend contains merino and rayon made from bamboo. While most merinos feel soft and a bit high, this blend feels smooth and almost silky.
The Lite Crew is big enough to provide some cushioning in the heat, but it breathes phenomenally well and is really minimal without feeling thin. Although it is not specifically a hunting sock, it is a high-performance, close-fitting running and cycling sock that can easily be carried over to the long kilometers in the off-season in the off-season.
What customers say: “Sexy socks. I love it. "- Damir (Enough said!)
Check the price here
Best socks for the mid-season: Darn Tough Hunter Boot Sock – Pillow & Full Cushion
Darn Tough Vermont socks are some of the most durable merino socks we've used over the years. The brand stands behind its “tough” claim with a remarkably robust guarantee. And when you cover long kilometers in the hinterland, a durable, comfortable sock is hard to beat.
The Hunter Boot Sock is a great compromise between attributes that results in a pretty perfect hunting sock. The sock height is in the middle of the calf, so it's big enough for even tall hunting boots, while it's short enough not to overheat the leg on warmer hikes.
The merino is soft and lies very flat against the skin, reducing the risk of blisters. They are incredibly comfortable and a top choice from one of our hunting editors.
What customers say: “Archery in heavy oaks, pinions, aspen trees and pines on benches and steep gorges. These socks will cushion and keep your feet dry in hot weather. Great socks so far. "- Doug P.
Check the pillow price here. Check the full pillow price here
Best socks for cold weather: Wigwam Minus 40C Silver Socks
WigWam has a few iterations of the Minus 40 socks, but the Silvers ($ 17) are the best buy. They are a 75% merino blend with added olefin for durability and added comfort.
Like most cold weather socks, these are and should be thick. With added cushioning for warmth and comfort, the reviewers say the socks live up to their promise to keep your feet warm in very cold temperatures. In my experience, wigwams can run a little big. But they will do the job when the weather turns ugly.
What customers say: "This is the 8th pair of Wigwam Minus 40C Silver Socks I own. I have ordered 3 times for myself and 2 other pairs for gifts. I have diabetes and these socks are the best ever.
“I go ice fishing and only wear these socks in a heavy pair of boots and very rarely have problems keeping my feet warm. Even if it's -20 degrees and I'm almost 70 years old now. The best socks I've ever bought. "- Larry
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Best over-the-calf sock: First Lite Triad 2.0 OTC socks
First Lite has a bomb collection of hunting socks. The only downside is that they often sell out. Fortunately, the brand's new Triad 2.0 OTC sock ($ 28) is currently available. This three-layer sock is designed to provide helpful compression for circulation and support.
The Triad is a merino-nylon blend with Prolene that insulates next to the skin for better temperature regulation. Although new, it has a 5 star rating from people who have already put these socks in the items.
What customers say: “I just wore these on a three day exploration trip in August. They were very comfortable and stopped smelling even after a few days! They wick away moisture very well and have no bubbles. I had foot surgery for bone spurs and these are by far the most comfortable socks I've found. "- Matt
Check the price here
Best hunting socks for kids: REI Co-op Merino Midweight Crew – kids
We know two things: children grow out of things and they have to feel good. Or we're all in trouble. These $ 10 merino middleweight socks from REI are just the thing to equip your kids with proper gear without hitting your wallet.
Children can hike, ski, hunt or play in these socks. One note from reviewers is that the size is very large. When in doubt, order below or go to a REI and test the socks before buying. REI does one too knee-high snow sports merino sock for kids ($ 14) but it's new and has yet to be checked.
What customers say: “My son really likes these socks. They're comfortable and warm, washed well, and appear to be able to withstand the life of an active child. These are warm, but not quite as thick as some of the other brands we have, which works for us because they don't make his toes sweat (his words, not mine). "- Jess
Check the price here
The best of the rest
Smartwool PhD Hunting Medium Crew Sock
Smartwool is a popular player in the sock game and has long been aimed at hunters. The brand's PhD hunting socks ($ 27) stand out from the rest.
I like the feel of Smartwool's seamless toe and they definitely keep the feet temperature regulated and dry. The hunting socks are specially designed for the body in order to avoid hot spots on long hikes and to allow better blood circulation during movement.
A 5-star rating supports the socks claims, although I have had some issues with the durability of my PhD socks in the past.
What customers say: “Great socks. I have had these for about a year and will be buying another pair asap. These are great for everyday use, but they really are excellent when it comes to hiking miles in your hunting boots in the cold. I've used these on moose and deer hunts in Washington in the cold, snow, wet, and everything in between, and they did very well! “- Bentommat
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Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Six lightweight padded socks
As a cycling and running sock, this is another great option for high heat scenarios. The Pursuit Hike Six ($ 22) is a thinner, minimal sock that still has the technical capabilities of merino wool.
It has a little more compression than many of the socks on this list that I personally like. I didn't test these for long as they are a new option of the brand. But so far they are long-lasting, they beat the smell back and they are great in the early season heat we had.
I also like this rating from a satisfied customer very much. Enjoy.
What customers say: “I fell into the edge of a frozen lake. I had hiked 4 miles through the snow in the rocky mountains to see this lake. I got a little too close to a thin patch of ice and it cracked; dip half my leg in ice cold water.
“I took off my shoes and Swiftwick socks and dried my leg. I poured the water out of my boot and squeezed the socks until I couldn't get any moisture out. I was careful about putting my socks back on to hike 4 miles through the snow back to my car, but to my surprise they were actually almost dry and the hike back wasn't bad at all!
"I'm glad I wore my favorite socks that day, so I'm writing a review here because I'll be buying more of them!" – AnonHiker
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FITS easy hiker
I really like the FITS Light Hiker Socks ($ 22). They're comfortable, tight enough, and a great sock for everyday wear. As a generalist, more than anything else, they were durable and withstood all kinds of use.
Since they are slightly larger, I like to use them with my cowboy boots on long journeys or under jeans on cool days. Like me, reviewers really love these socks. With a 4.9 star rating, you'll find it hard not to like this sock.
What customers say: "I found a sock that fits my foot well without constricting. The weight of this sock is perfect for me all year round while I work our ranch in my boots.
“I also wear them with my hiking boots and the reinforcement in the heel and padding on my feet is so comfortable! I'm also a nurse and I work in a long-term care facility, which means I'm on my feet all day. “- Tammy
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How to choose the right hunting socks
We've put a lot of thought into how you can make sure you have the right socks for the job.
It really is that simple. Plastics are great for leggings, jackets, some underwear, and the occasional t-shirt. But when it comes to keeping smelly feet dry and less smelly, wool always wins. It also keeps you warm when it's wet, which can save your feet in potentially chilly moments.
And there are a variety of wools to choose from, including merino, yak, alpaca, and bison. But merino is the most common and the most affordable. And it works. In fact, all of the socks on this list are merino blends. Why? Because it works. End scene.
Buy a few different heights and weights
Some days you only need one crew. And in my opinion, a crew is the most versatile sock there is. It can sneak under jeans, protect you in a mid-rise boot, and even work out in the gym. Midcalf and over-the-calf socks also work well with larger boots, including wellington boots.
One point I would like to add for rubber boot hunters is that thicker isn't always better when it comes to socks. I like to wear a medium-weight sock so that the rubber boot can circulate heat. You should have some trunk space for it to do its job.
Always pack at least one extra pair of hunting socks
Whenever I am packing for any reason, I always bring a very comfortable pair of camp socks to relieve my feet at the end of the day. Let me tell you it might be my favorite part of the day. And they serve as emergency heat if required.
Really, shit happens. Depending on the weather, you can soak your socks, sweat through them or exchange them for a different weight. When you need that extra pair of socks, glad you packed them.