The key to a comfortable hike starts with your feet. When all is well, you don’t usually give your feet a second thought, but if you have a problem with boot fit, you’ll focus solely on your soles.
Many blame their boots when their dogs are barking, but more often than not, buying better socks can solve hot-foot problems. Among other things, socks serve as a barrier between you and the tough, durable, and abrasive materials of the boot. The wrong type of sock can actually make the boot fit worse, leading to even bigger, more-painful blisters.
Rockay, a Danish brand specializing in running socks, also builds some of the best socks for hikers, at least according to our test crew. We tested the Rockay Razer Crew sock on a variety of terrain in a host of conditions. From the sandstone deserts of Southern Utah to the mossy forests of Olympic National Park, the Razers kept our feet dry and comfortable. As someone who sweats easily, I loved the Razer’s ability to shed moisture, even when hiking through damp, muddy forests. Part of the performance success is a result of the snug fit that stays securely in place even after long days on the trail. By holding in place, the fabric’s hydrophilic traits work continually as you sweat, moving that water off your skin and out to the shoe where it can evaporate more easily.
The Rockay Razers feature 100-percent recycled materials that provide good moisture-wicking, comfortable stretch, and antimicrobial properties. Even better, each pair of Rockay socks sold accounts for the removal of 13 plastic bottles from the world’s oceans.
Rockay works with the Econyl, a European brand that recycles waste plastic into usable textiles. Together, Rockay and Econyl reuse waste, such as fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring, and plastic, from landfills and oceans all over the world to produce the Rockay high-performance socks.
The Razers are available for $20.95 per pair. Buy now.