|Rating:||8.3 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.7 / 2|
|Comfort||1.7 / 2|
|Warmth||1.7 / 2|
|Durability||1.6 / 2|
|Breathability||1.6 / 2|
There are probably more socks on the market these days than just about every other gear type put together. Over the past few years I have tried a number of different brands and models and have come to realise that somewhere out there is a sock for everyone’s needs; you just have to find them.
Having worked outside for most of my life I have a reasonably high tolerance to cold particularly in relation to my feet. Just give me a shoe/sock combination that provides a medium level of padding underfoot and almost no material on top and this will do me in all conditions bar the snow.
Recently I had the opportunity to test out the Brubeck Trekking Light Socks. These socks which are manufactured in Poland, are another of the sock models using hybrid wool and synthetic materials. The aim being to provide the combined benefits of natural and synthetic fibres so the socks will keep you reasonably warm, even if wet. They are also antimicrobial providing less odour. Having said that wear them for a week solid and they are still going to smell.
The socks are probably best described as 1/2 length being just a bit longer than the standard crew length but not so long they become annoying. This sock has a reinforced mid section, a feature that is becoming standard on many higher quality socks these days which keeps the material from slipping and bunching and aids in blister reduction.
These socks are classed as a lightweight sock and for most hikers that definition is accurate but if you feel the heat on your feet then you had best consider them at the upper end of that lightweight range. The material has a nice feel to it which is hard to achieve if you get the balance of natural and synthetic fibres wrong. In addition the socks are made with a dedicated left and right foot and use seamless construction which provides an excellent fit. A good range of sizing is available and while they are sold in men’s and women’s sizes it is really about finding the sizing that suits you.
Colours on this sock, which is a fairly minor detail for most people are relatively plain with simple striping so they aren’t going to upset too many people’s sensibilities.
Price wise these socks are good value and sit within the range for a high quality hybrid sock.
The Brubeck Trekking Light Sock is a good all-round sock. Comfortable, warm, good cushioning and fits really well, in particular due to the left and right foot construction. The first time I wore these socks I put them on without realising they had specific feet – I thought the comfort wasn’t as good as it should have been! But once I noticed the little L and R on each sock the comfort greatly improved. The downside to dedicated L+R socks is that you need to put them on when you can see or make sure you put each sock in a spot where you know which sock is which.
I find that these socks are a bit on the warm side and while they are great in the colder weather they would be too hot for me in mid summer, but that’s me. Most people aren’t as cold tolerant and may find this sock a good option.
These socks are comfy and warm to wear and soft to touch.
The fit is good for someone with a wide foot – the left and right design ensures a more tailored fit. These socks have plenty of toe room which is great for reducing the incidence of blisters. The contouring around the midfoot and at the ankle keep the sock in place and ensures the sock doesn’t twist about which is something I often experience with socks. I wore the 39-41 and found the sizing to be generous so if you are just ‘in’ the 39 size range you may need to go smaller.
I’d describe the length as ‘in between’ – it is not a short sock or a mid calf sock. It would be great for boot wearers but I find the sock to be a bit bulky around the ankle.
Overall I like the sock and would wear them when I need a bit of warmth or when I need a bit more support underfoot during a big day of hiking.
You can purchase the Brubeck Trekking Light Socks men’s from the Hiking Society
You can purchase the Brubeck Trekking Light Socks women’s from the Hiking Society
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Brubeck Trekking Light Socks come in both male and female versions.
Wilderness Wear produces a wide range of socks and garments for hiking and other outdoor activities. We have reviewed a number of the range which you can find on our gear page
Brubeck Trekking Light Socks Graphite/Blue in colour
Brubeck Trekking Light Socks – bottom view
Brubeck Trekking Light Socks as purchased
Brubeck Trekking Light Sock out of packet
Brubeck Trekking Light Sock front view
Brubeck Trekking Light toe view. Notice the ‘L’ and ‘R’ denoting which foot the socks go on
Brubeck base showing sizes
This review was done with product provided by the Hiking Society, the Australian importer of Brubeck