• Sizes 3-8, 7-11, 12-15
  • Height 3/4
  • Construction material 80% Pure Australian Merino, 15% Nylon, 5% Lycra
  • Weight size 12-15 160 grams
  • Colours Black/Charcoal, Marble/Navy, Sage, Charcoal/Navy, Grey/Black
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  • Cost $44.95

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker Sock

Socks

Rating

Rating: 8.3 / 10
Value for Money 1.5 / 2
Comfort 1.8 / 2
Warmth 1.9 / 2
Durability 1.8 / 2
Breathability 1.3 / 2

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker Sock Review

Wilderness Wear produces a very large range of socks and as someone who has a pretty specific list of features that I look for in a sock, it is unlikely I’m going to find a use for the entire range. As a bit of background my perfect sock is one with good cushioning under the foot, very lightweight and breathable on top, and around 1/4 length or slightly less. The Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker sock isn’t that sock.

First up lets look at the sock construction. This is a 3/4 sock height that in addition to keeping you warm also provides plenty of protection in the harshest of conditions. The sock fits really well and is very comfortable. The stitching on this sock like the rest of the Wilderness Wear range, is pretty well invisible which is a big bonus which minimises any rubbing that can contribute to blistering.

The sock is made from 80% Pure Australian Merino, 15% Nylon, 5% Lycra so it provides grip and support in all the right places as well as the warmth you would expect from Merino wool.

When I had the opportunity to test out this sock I looked at the name and thought a sock named after a central Australian trail; this should be suitable for hot conditions, but no that isn’t the case.

This sock is sold as a mid weight, high cushioned sock but from my perspective its one of the warmest socks I’ve worn in many years. The cushioned underfoot is thick and cushy, the material on the top of the foot is thick and the 3/4 length is, well its just long.

What this meant in use was that it felt pretty good but in temperatures above 0º Celcius my feet would start sweating very quickly and for any hiker when your feet sweat that’s when you potentially end up with blisters. On the plus side on a few hikes I did at -4º Celcius my feet were very happy so if you are one of those hikers who like warm toasty feet then this is the sock for you.

At $44.95 these socks aren’t cheap and I know that one criticism that has been levelled at this end of the sock range is that you can purchase much cheaper options in the few remain disposal stores. Yes you can but you also get what you pay for. These socks are a very high quality very comfortable sock and if you are after a sock that will do you in extreme cold then  this is a really good choice. That doesn’t happen that often in my case but on the rare occasions that I do  this will be one sock I’d be happy to wear.

We Like

  • If you are looking for a sock that will keep you warm when it is cold or in the snow then this will do the job
  • Exceptional padding underfoot
  • Invisible seam construction that minimises the chance of blisters
  • Reinforced heel and toe for support and durability

We Don't Like

  • I’m not a fan of 3/4 length socks; but that’s just me and you may love long socks
  • These are a very, very warm socks so unless you feel the cold these are a wintertime sock only. I  found them to be too warm at temperatures above 0º Celcius however cold feet is not an issue I have
  • Some might say these socks are expensive but you get high quality and durability in a product that is Australian made with Australian materials

Best Uses

  • Great heavy weight sock for hiking in cold weather or for those of you who feel the cold
  • Great if you prefer a generous sock length

Buy One

You can purchase the Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker socks from Wilderness Wear

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Investment

$44.95 AUD

Other Versions

Wilderness Wear produces a wide range of socks and garments for hiking and other outdoor activities. We have a reviewed a number of the range which you can find on our gear page.

This sock also comes in a female version.

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker socks Black/Charcoal in colour

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker socks – bottom view

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker socks as purchased

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker sock out of packet

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker Sock front view

Wilderness Wear Larapinta Hiker Sock front view

Disclaimer

This review was done with product provided by Wilderness Wear

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