Omni Wool Socks Reviewed
When working or exercising, we always turn to the shoes for structural support and cushioning. What we forget is that the right socks provide a lot of that too. When hiking, hunting, or just doing manual labor, a good pair reduces foot fatigue, wick away moisture, and keep your feet fresh and comfortable.
Omni Wool Socks are a supportive pair that does just that. Their wool and synthetics blend makes it soft and thermoregulating. Meanwhile, underfoot cushioning and stretchy arch bands provide structural support. Their biggest flaw is that they run large in size, but for work or outdoor exploration in spring, summer, autumn, and light winters, they are a good pick. They are comparable to Smartwool’s Hike Crew socks but are more affordable. Read on to learn about their features in more detail.
- Arch support
- Soft Merino wool
- Size runs large
- No color selection
- Not insulating
Omni Wool Socks are made of a blend of wool and synthetics. It consists of 75% Merino wool, 24% nylon, and 1% lycra. The wool gives it its excellent softness and thermoregulating properties while the nylon reduces its weight and the lycra makes it stretchy. Because of the blend, it also doesn’t feel itchy like typical wool.
Omni Wool Socks have an arch band to provide arch support. Besides that, it also improves circulation and helps to keep the sock in place rather than twisting around. (Though how effective they are at doing the latter is debatable - see our ‘Size’ section.)
Omni Wool Sockss also have ventilation panels for additional moisture management. The wool is even naturally odor resistant. The breathability prevents blisters and uncomfortable, sweaty feet.
The cushioning here is also long-lasting. One reviewer noted that walking on it all day didn’t make it compacted. Instead, it remained cushion-y all day and was effective at combatting foot fatigue.
For most everyday cotton socks, size doesn’t matter much because the stretchiness makes them accommodate different sizes anyway. But in supportive socks like these, the wrong fit means the arch support is in the wrong place, so you don’t get the full benefit of their supportive features.
However, because the Omni Wool Socks are only medium thickness, they’re not suitable for freezing winter weather. There are skiing socks or hunting boots that are more reliable for keeping you warm. Or you could also opt for heated socks like these. This pair is more suitable and practical for casual occasions.
Others, however, say these wear down quickly. It might just depend on how much walking you’re doing during the day. The downside to this pair is that they don’t even offer reinforcements at the toe and heel the way Smartwool’s hiking socks do. The cushioning is there, true, but it may not hold up for strenuous activity.
All three of these colors are dark neutral shades. As a result, you can wear Omni Wool Socks with anything and they don’t look tacky. (If tacky is what you want, check these out instead.) The downside is the lack of options since you only get that assortment of colors and no other assortment.
Reviewers noted that there was no piling, which is great. They also said they don’t shrink, which can be both good or bad. If your pair fits too large, then they won’t shrink down to your size. If they’re just perfect, though, you can be sure they stay that way.
However, Smartwool’s are more suitable for hiking and other serious outdoor activities compared to this pair. What’s more, the brand is also more well-known. So if you’re willing to spend the extra bucks for guaranteed quality and support, consider the other pair as well.