Are you wearing the right pair of socks on your hikes?
As an experienced hiker you know that the clothing you wear is just as important as the equipment you are carrying.
Wearing improper clothing can cause pain, irritation that will make or break your hike.
Being comfortable when hiking begins from the ground up. Even the perfect pair of hiking shoes can be ruined by a bad pair of socks.
Wearing improper socks can cause your feet to sweat profusely, blister and ache.
Having the proper pair of socks will help you avoid unnecessary foot pain and make your hike more enjoyable.
Make sure your next pair of hiking socks has these three features to enhance your performance and improve comfort this summer.
Choose Merino Wool
It may seem counterintuitive, but stick with socks that are more than fifty percent wool during the summer months as they are the best choice.
Merino wool comes from merino sheep, one of the world’s oldest sheep.
This wool is built for extreme weather conditions making it breathable during the summer and warm in the winter.
Merino wool breathes and manages moisture better than any other fiber so it helps keep your feet dry and cool during long hikes.
The wool fiber behaves astonishingly similar to our own skin, with the ability to naturally cool and heat as the body needs it.
Ditch the itch caused by traditional wool socks.
Merino wool is extremely soft thanks to the wool’s small fibers and flexibility- allowing it to conform to the shape of the foot.
The best part about Merino wool is that it is antibacterial and won’t cause embarrassing foot odor.
Look For Cushioning
What makes hiking socks actually hiking socks are the cushioning that they provide for your feet.
Summertime is ideal to explore rocky terrain that was previously covered in snow or ice.
However, many people believe they don’t need extra cushioning in their socks.
I would suggest that those people attempt a twelve mile hike on hilly, rocky terrain to see how their feet feel.
Not only does cushioning make your feet feel more comfortable throughout the hike, it also helps make the sock more durable.
You will want to look for socks that have extra cushioning around the heel, ball and front of the foot- this is comfort where it counts.
Some socks will also have ribbed cushioning between the heel and ball of the foot.
The ribbed cushioning helps provide additional comfort throughout the whole foot without causing sweat absorption or build up.
Get V-Channel Technology
V-Channel Technology is a patented sock design that helps the sock deal with moisture build up.
Vapor Channels are knit into the socks with V-Channel Technology and help create a path of least resistance for sweat to escape from under your foot.
With every step you take, air carrying sweat vapor is forced out through the V-Channels keeping your foot drier, cooler and more comfortable.
This means no more sweaty, blistering or painful feet.
Now, your hikes end because you want them to and not because of the pain you are experiencing from your overheated feet.
Socks with V-Channel technology also helps improve performance and make your hikes more enjoyable with long lasting comfort and dry to the touch socks and feet.
Are You Ready For Summer?
Spring is starting to warm-up and summer will be here before you know it.
Make sure you start stocking up on your summer hiking wardrobe and remember that comfort starts from the ground up.
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