It may not seem intuitive, but wearing 2 pair of socks is an effective method for wicking moisture away from your feet to keep your feet warm and prevent blisters. Not two hiking socks, but rather a synthetic or wool liner and a thick synthetic or wool outer sock.

  • Liner Socks: Wearing a liner sock is a great trick to prevent blisters on the trail. They are very thin socks, and generally are made of wool, silk, or synthetic materials to wick away moisture.  My personal favorites are .
  • Hiking Socks: Your thick hiking socks are the outer layer, and provide cushion and insulation. The main thing you need to remember is that they must be synthetic or wool, so they wick moisture away from your feet.

Over time, you may have established a large collection of socks, to suit various hiking needs.  I wear thinner hiking socks for summer day hikes, thicker for backpacking trips when my feet want more cushioning, and super thick mountaineering socks when I’m snowshoeing. My favorites are the SmartWool socks, such as Light Hiking Socks for dayhikes and  Mountaineering socks when around in camp.

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