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    Socks!

    I'm looking for a merino hiking sock that will accomodate an 8" boot. Trying to stay in the Icebreaker or Darn Tough families because that's what I use for my trail running shoes in crew height and I like them alot. But looking online I'm concerned about incorrectly choosing a pair that that is too heavy or warm. I'm looking for a well cushioned bottom that is comfortable in warm to hot weather and wicks well. Appreciate any endorsements!
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    Have you tried REI? They have several stores here in the Atlanta area, so you could look first hand. Also, they have a decent WEB site and fairly fast/economical shipping.

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    Personally I've found the darn tough socks cushion can get a bit warm in hotter weather. The light cushion aren't too bad. I want to try out some of their light series with the air mesh on top but they are more for running and I think only come in 1/4.

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    I'm looking for a brand & style number so I can order online and save myself the time of a mall adventure and, more importantly, inevitable excess purchasing of things I didn't intend - something I try to limit to Tom Bihn. Rather unsucessfully.

    EMS currently has a buy 3, get 1 free sale but it's only on SmartWool and I have no experience with that brand.
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    I think Smartwool socks are great - except for the socks I knit myself, I wear only Smartwool nowadays. If you can cite a particular style you're considering, I'd be glad to give you feedback if it's a style I've worn.

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    I too love Smartwool. I wear them around the house 8-9 months a year. They hold up pretty well but theheels seem to go faster than I like, but I want them to last forever. Somewhat unreasonable on my part.
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    After spending some time with the brands and styles I have, I've found the DTs to be generally hotter as well. Except for the Coolmax but those are by far my least favorite. There seems to be a little gapping around the toe that's annoying (maybe I just need a smaller size) but the cushioning isn't as good as higher merino. My favorite pair of the bunch are these Icebreakers. I found as close of a crew (10") equivalent as I could - the % merino isn't exactly the same but they're listed as Hike Light. That's the best I've been able to match.

    Is there a Smartwool worth trying that's similar to the HL Icebreaker?

    Has anyone used a liner/sock combo for long distances and how did you like it? I'm a little skeptical about layering socks that 1) it would feel annoying 2) it's not a good idea in warm weather. But I've read that it prevents chafing & blisters by deferring the friction between the layers rather than on the foot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RhoFro View Post
    After spending some time with the brands and styles I have, I've found the DTs to be generally hotter as well. Except for the Coolmax but those are by far my least favorite. There seems to be a little gapping around the toe that's annoying (maybe I just need a smaller size) but the cushioning isn't as good as higher merino. My favorite pair of the bunch are these Icebreakers. I found as close of a crew (10") equivalent as I could - the % merino isn't exactly the same but they're listed as Hike Light. That's the best I've been able to match.

    Is there a Smartwool worth trying that's similar to the HL Icebreaker?

    Has anyone used a liner/sock combo for long distances and how did you like it? I'm a little skeptical about layering socks that 1) it would feel annoying 2) it's not a good idea in warm weather. But I've read that it prevents chafing & blisters by deferring the friction between the layers rather than on the foot.
    I never layer my socks, never blister either. My boots, if I wear them, fit very well. I tend to go out in trail runners year-round (much lighter than boots) and they also fit very well. I even snowshoe in them. My winter pair is oversized to allow a thicker sock while allowing proper circulation.

    Are you ready to try some toe socks?

    Get into the gear forum here and do a search on "wool socks" or whatever helps get some hits. These people test the crap out of everything and discuss their miseries and successes. Beware: It's just as dangerous as TB re gear aquisition.
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    I almost always use a nylon liner sock inside my Smartwools when I'm going to be walking a lot. To me, it's neither annoying nor too warm. It's also very practical when traveling light; liners wash easily by hand and dry quickl and the Smartwools only have to be washed out every 2-3 days.


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