Darn Tough Hiker Socks Review

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Do you like getting out and going on adventures? Are you a hiker, biker, or runner? If you like to get up and go then the Darn Tough Hiker Socks might an ideal sock choice for you. They will keep you toasty in the winter and cool in the summer, allowing you to go anywhere and do anything while remaining comfortable. 

Customers love these socks. They offer exceptional comfort thanks to the amazing construction and use of Merino wool. They’re soft on your sink and feel fantastic — no need to worry about blisters and skin irritation while wearing the Darn Tough Hiker Socks. 

The Darn Tough Hiker Socks do have a rather high price tag but don’t let that stop you from trying them out. Customers love them and think they’re well worth the cost. They suggest that if you try them, you’ll love them too. The socks are durable so even though they’re expensive, you won’t have to replace them anytime soon. 

Overall, they are a stellar pair of socks for any adventure.

Editor's Pros & Cons

All weather performance

Naturally antimicrobial

Truly seamless

Merino wool

Made in America


Steep price tag

Limited color option


Darn Tough is a company that began in and still runs out of Vermont. Their products are made 100% in the United States. They are a family owned and operated business. For three generations, close to 40 years, they've been knitting socks. If they know one thing, it is how to make a great pair of socks!

The weather in Vermont is unpredictable; they experience heat, cold, snow, rain, and just about everything in between. You have to be ready for everything Mother Nature throws at you, and they strive to bring you socks that will do the job. They design, test, and manufacture their products right in their hometown, bringing you premium socks that are suitable for all weather conditions.

Darn Tough is proud to say that everything they make comes right from Vermont. Even the raw materials that they use in their products come from the United States. Every step of the way, from the textiles to the manufacturing, come from the USA. In fact, everything comes from one mill, under one roof. This ensures impressive quality and top-notch products.

Darn Tough guarantees 100% satisfaction on all of their products. This is unconditional with no strings attached. If you aren't happy then neither are they. The company wants to make sure they are bringing you the most comfortable, durable, and best fitting socks you have ever worn. They promise their customers a replacement if, at any time, they have any problems with their socks.

If you're looking for high-quality socks that are American made, Darn Tough probably has a pair for you!


Don't let the Darn Tough Hiker Socks name fool you; you can do so much more than hike while wearing these socks. From skiing to running, these socks have you covered.

Yes, they are fantastic for hikers; after all, that is who they had in mind while designing the product. They are super comfortable, bringing you a seamless design made from Merino wool for exceptional softness. The 1/4 sock height sits above your ankle, allowing them to work perfectly with your hiking boots: no blisters or irritating rubbing.

Because of the fantastic design and comfort level, some customers prefer wearing these as their everyday, casual socks. They are breathable enough to keep you cool in the summer. Although the wool and thickness of the socks will keep you warm in the winter, it's truly a win-win.

Whatever you're doing, wherever you're going, the Darn Tough Hiker Socks will be the perfect companion. Any adventure, all adventures that is what these socks are all about.


One of the better features of the Darn Tough Hiker Socks is the comfortability. They take comfort to the next level. Anything to keep their customers happy and coming back for more.

First and foremost, the Merino wool that makes up the majority of the construction of the sock is super soft. It gives you an exception comfort that is hard to beat. This is not your traditional wool; there is no itchy and scratchy feeling when you're wearing them. They'll keep you cozy all day long.

The Darn Tough Hiker Socks feature a truly seamless construction. No seems to get twisted in or to cause discomfort at your toes or heels. They use an undetectable seam fusion that gives you an ultrasmooth feel and an invisible look.

The temperature control also increases your overall experience. They're cozy enough to keep your feet feeling warm and toasty throughout your winter adventures. On the other hand, the breathability is phenomenal and will keep you cool and dry, even in the summer heat.

The Darn Tough Hiker Socks offer customers phenomenal comfort. Customers rave about these socks; they love them!


The Darn Tough Hiker Socks have a 1/4 cut, meaning that they come up past your ankle, but they're too short to be crew socks. They are the perfect height for running sneakers or hiking boots. They have a fairly basic look and style, nothing flashy that make them stand out aesthetically.

There are three colors you can pick from when ordering the Darn Tough Hiker Socks. You can choose from black, denim, or oatmeal. Regardless of the shade you want, they will feature the company name, Darn Tough, scripted across the toes. This is standard procedure for socks, putting the company name or logo on them somewhere.


The way your socks fit your feet is crucial to your overall comfort level. After all, if they don't fit you properly, then chances are they'll cause you frustration and discomfort.

Most customers can agree that the Darn Tough Hiker Socks offer you a great fit. They should be snug on your feet, but not too tight that they are digging into your feet or ankles. If they're too loose, then they'll slide down your ankle and foot, as well as decrease the support provided by the socks.

As long as you are ordering the correct size based on the size chart, you should have no issues getting the perfect fit. The Darn Tough Hiker Socks are available in a couple of size options so you can pick the one that works best. You can select from sizes ranging from small to XX-large. Make sure you check out Darn Toughs sizing chart, so you get the right size the first time you order.


The Darn Tough Hiker Socks use a phenomenal blend of materials in their product. The mix of Merino wool (61%), Nylon (37%), and Lycra spandex (2%) ensure that you get a comfortable, durable, and all around great pair of socks.

Merino wool comes from Merino sheep. The yarn is quite different from what you would expect from this type of material. When people think of wool, they usually imagine something that is itchy on their skin, something that would cause irritation. Merino wool is the complete opposite. It is super soft — no irritation or rubber.

The nylon and Lycra spandex combine with the wool to give you a decent amount of stretch and extra durability. Both materials consist of durable fibers that won't rip easily and will keep their shape when stretched out.


The Darn Tough Hiker Socks offer a fantastic amount of breathability. This is essential in the socks that you wear. In fact, this is something you should take into consideration when it comes to any of your active apparel. You want some air to be able to flow through the materials with ease, keeping you cool and dry while you're out and about.

Yes, the wool is going to help keep you warm when it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean that they can't be breathable as well. The Darn Tough Hiker Socks are well ventilated, giving you phenomenal air flow. This will keep you cool and dry in the summer months.

Of course, you want to make sure your sneakers, or boots, are breathable as well. If not, there won't be any air flow to let into your feet. Assuming your footwear is well ventilated, you should have no problem staying fresh with the Darn Tough Hiker Socks.

If you are able to get air into your foot, that also means the sweat will be able to escape. When you are active and start to sweat, you want that moisture to go somewhere. Thankfully, it will be able to evaporate quickly and escape into the air, keeping you dry.

The Darn Tough Hiker Socks feature Fast Action Wicking, assisting in keeping your feet and socks dry. Moisture will pull away from your skin, beading up and rolling off the materials. What moisture gets absorbed into the socks will dry quickly, so you stay comfy all day.


It's right in the name; these socks are Darn Tough. They have a durable and robust design that will be able to keep up with your active lifestyle. It's frustrating when you get holes in your socks. Feeling your toes poke through the socks or experience your heels rubbing inside of your shoes, it isn't a pleasant feeling.

You do not want to spend your money on a product just to have it fall apart on you after a short time. The good news is that you will not have that experience with these socks. They are in it for the long haul!

Odor Management

Stinky feet is common among athletes and adventurers. You get home after a long day, kick off your shoes, and everyone in the house knows you're there. With the Darn Tough Hiker Socks, you won't have to worry about that too much.

The Darn Tough Hiker Socks will help prevent foot odor. They're naturally antimicrobial which means that they repel odor-causing bacteria, keeping you smelling fresh.

Not only you, but everyone around you will be happy that you went out wearing the Darn Tough Hiker Socks.


Even though the Darn Tough Hiker Socks help combat foot odor thanks to the natural antimicrobial nature doesn't mean that you shouldn't be keeping them clean and fresh. It's essential that you wash them after every time you wear them. This is no different than any of your other athletic apparel.

You can wash the socks with the rest of your laundry, however, some customers caution against it. The Darn Tough Hiker Socks will shrink in the dryer, so keep that in mind. Consumers recommend that you either order a size bigger to counteract the shrinkage or avoid the dryer


One of the biggest downfalls of the Darn Tough Hiker Socks is the high cost. Even when compared to similar products, they are on the steep end of the spectrum. Keep in mind when you're ordering the socks that they only come as single pairs and are not packs of multiple pairs.

That said, the socks are phenomenal. Yes, they're expensive, but customers have stated that they are well worth the cost. The Darn Tough Hiker Socks are phenomenal, delivering comfort, versatility, and durability.

Yes, you are going to be paying a lot of the Darn Tough Hiker Socks, but customers believe that they're worth the high cost and don't mind paying it.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a fantastic pair of hiking socks that are 100% American made then you have come to the right place. The Darn Tough Hiker Socks are made in Vermont, from beginning to end. Their raw materials even come from within the US.

The Darn Tough Hiker Socks are super comfortable, some customers even have gone as far as saying they're the most comfortable socks they own. They have a fantastic fit and a decent amount of support to increase your overall experience.

Darn Tough backs every pair of their socks, guaranteeing that you will be completely satisfied. If you have any problems with comfort, quality, or durability, they are determined to make it right.

Customers love the Darn Tough Hiker Socks. Regardless of the high price tag, they are a fantastic product, and customers keep coming back for more.