How to Choose Hiking Socks

How to Choose Hiking Socks


– Hi. Today we’re going to be talking about the features and benefits to help you choose the right hiking sock. ♪ Hit it ♪ (hiphop soul music) Hi, I’m Lisa from Snowys Outdoors. Once you’ve chosen your footwear, you’ll need to get the appropriate sock. Things to consider are whether
you have a boot or a shoe and also the conditions
you’re going to be in. When choosing the right hiking sock, there are four things to consider. Sock height, cushioning, fabric, and fit. Let’s talk about sock height. Here I have our no-show sock, which is great for bush walking
shoes and trail runners. We have our ankle sock, which
is great for walking shoes. And we have our crew-length sock, which is ideal for
wearing with hiking boots. To choose the right sock,
take a look at your footwear. It’s very important
that your sock is higher than your boot or shoe to prevent any rubbing
or abrasion on your legs. Let’s talk about cushioning. There are four levels of
cushioning in our socks. We have our ultra light, light weight, mid weight, and heavy weight. As the socks get thicker,
the cushioning increases. Ideally, the ultra light
and light weight cushioning works really well with shoes and the mid weight and the heavy weight are great for trekking and hiking boots. A bit of cushioning in your shoes is great for high-impact activities, such as trail running and backpacking and sometimes, it can take a few attempts to get the right sock for you. If you’re someone that’s
prone to blisters, we do sell liners. They’re a lightweight
sock you put on first and then you put your hiking
or walking sock over the top. It stops the friction of your sock moving up and down in your boot or shoe. Let’s talk about sock fabric. Hiking socks are rarely
made from a single fabric. Here at Snowys, we sell two types. All-synthetic and wool blend. Both are moisture-wicking and
can be used all year round. The advantage of your synthetic sock is that it’s fast-drying. The advantage of your wool
sock is its breathability. So if you’re asking which sock to choose, ideally the all-synthetic socks work great in hot or humid conditions and your wool socks are
great in colder conditions. One type of sock we would
never suggest to use with hiking footwear is cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture and because it’s trapped in
your boot or shoe, it can’t dry, so at the end of the day,
you’ll have wet feet. This is where a synthetic
or a wool blend sock is much better. So now let’s talk about fit. It’s really important
when you try on your sock that it’s nice and snug. You don’t want it too tight and also, you want to make
sure that the heel cup is sitting in the heel area of the sock. Here at Snowys, we sell both women’s and men’s specific fit
and we also do unisex socks. So if you’re wanting any more
information on our sock range, you can visit us in-store or
head online to snowys.com.au, where we have lowest prices every day. Thanks for watching. We’ll see you next time. (hypnotic EDM music) Before you go, if you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to our channel and if you have any questions,
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