Rating: 9 / 10
Value for Money 1.8
As I post this review I am a week away from a 1000km (621 mile) 5-6 week thru hike on the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia. Over the past few months I have been scrutinising every piece of gear that own looking at the weight, comfort and performance of each item as I want to ensure than on a hike of this length that I have the perfect piece of gear (for me).
While each piece of gear is important ultimately footwear, including socks, is critical on a long hike whereas on short hikes you can get away with less than perfect. So after reading various online reviews I decided to try out the Darn Tough Light Micro Crew Light Cushion Sock. After using these socks for around four months these will be the socks that I take on my upcoming hike; here’s why.
These socks are a blend of Merino Wool (56%), Nylon (40%), and Spandex (4%). The construction of this sock can really be split into two seperate parts. The sole of the foot which has good padding and the top of the foot which is very lightweight. For me this is ideal as I don’t usually wear socks for warmth unless I’m wearing mountaineering boots. If I wear a full wool sock my feet will overheat.
The other thing that I like about this sock was that when they get soaking wet they retain their compressive nature unlike other socks that go limp and start to bunch. I’ve taken to standing in steams or deep puddles and letting the sock saturate to see how they perform and in this case when I did this with the Darn Tough’s I just wrung the out, put them back on, and and kept on going with a sock that was damp but not wet. The sock retained its fit and still hugged my foot after this punishment which is a big bonus.
Darn Tough also advertise their socks with as ‘Unconditionally Guaranteed for life’. If you go on line to their website they have a guarantee form to return the socks and if you live outside of the US or Canada you need to foot the postage (pun intended). I think any company that is willing to do that really believes in their product. From my perspective I’d just buy another sock but this piece of mind is excellent.
The construction of this sock is also very well done with the material being a very fine weave. Darn Tough advertise this as antimicrobial which means they they won’t smell as bad as other socks. I found that this does work but given enough days use any sock will smell. The socks are also seamless which means you don’t get that uncomfortable ridge that so many of the cheaper socks tend to have.
Now the one and only negative for me is that you really do need to purchase these socks from a US website. Amazon Australia do sell them but at the time of this review they ranged in price from $80-$210AUD per pair. I think I need to go into the sock business at this price. If you purchase from one of the US sites including Darn Tough you will pay around $20.00US plus postage which even once you convert to AUD and add GST is still a very good price for a premium sock.
Darn tough do make a number of other socks but I just lucked it when I chose this version and while I still have a number of other socks reviews still to post you won’t go wrong with this particular choice.
You can purchase the Darn Tough Light Micro Crew Light Cushion Sock from Darn Tough and other US sites such as REI. There is supposedly an Australian distributor but I couldn’t find an easily accessible website for them. Other suppliers will sell models of Darn Tough Socks but I wasn’t able to find this particular version from an Australian supplier.
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$20.00 USD (+ GST+ Postage if posting to Australia)
Darn Tough produces a wide range of socks for hiking and other outdoor activities. The full range can be found on their website at www.darntough.com
Darn Tough Light Micro Crew Light Cushion Socks comes in a range of colours and a big range of sizes to fit the biggest foot. At size 14US, I use the XL size and there is still an XXL above that
Testing the Darn Tough Light Micro Crew Light Cushion Sock. Step one rollup the pants; step two stand in a deep puddle and until the shoes are filled with water and the socks are drenched; step three wring out the socks and keep on going!
This review was done with product purchased online by the reviewer