There is nothing quite like having good socks, I mean REALLY good socks, especially when traveling. What is one thing most people do a lot of when they travel? They walk… they walk A LOT. Having a pair or two of really good shoes is an obvious must for travel. Shoes need to be comfortable, durable, and something that you are going to want to have strapped to your feet for long periods of time. While quality shoes are on most people’s packing lists, they tend to forget that equally good socks can make an equally huge difference for the comfort of your feet.
I was introduced to Darn Tough Socks at the 2015 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show is Salt Lake City, Utah. They provided me with a few pair to try out. . . I have been pretty impressed thus far. I have put each pair through multiple days of use in all kinds of different activities; from wearing them to the office, to running/working out in them, to taking a day hike. These socks are pretty fantastic and are definitely becoming part of my permeant packing list.
What makes Darn Tough Socks so awesome, you ask?
High Density Knitting: More Durable, Less Bulk, Prefect for Light Travel
Darn Tough Socks use 1441 stitches per square inch. You read that right: ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FOURTY ONE stitches per square inch of each sock they produce. This insanely high number of stitches means that the socks are extremely durable (hence the name) and provide excellent cushioning without excess bulk. This lack of bulk helps save space and is prefect for those interested in packing light. Did I mention that two pair of their socks weight less than 60 grams; it doesn’t get much lighter than that.
Merino Wool with Coolmax for Comfortable and Dry Feet
When Darn Tough sets out to make a pair of socks they don’t mess around. These guys don’t make hats, or gloves, or underwear… they just make socks. They have been obsessively engineering socks for more than 35 years and it shows. Each pair is made from Merino Wool, one of the most prized types of wool on the market. However, since straight wool isn’t for everyone they have blended it with an exclusive Coolmax blend to create a sock with not only softness/durability but also superior moisture management.
Darn Tough is so confident in their socks that Ric Cabot, President and CEO of Darn Tough Vermont, guarantees that if you can put a hole in one he will replace it free of charge… these guys are awesome!
The Different Socks Darn Tough Has to Offer:
Darn Tough was nice enough to provide me with a pair of Men’s Hike/Trek and a pair of Men’s Gym after I met with them, but they offer a much wider range of products. They have men’s and women’s running, cycling, lifestyle, hunting, and ski/ride socks, in all kinds of fun patterns, and each and everyone of them are backed up by Ric’s full lifetime guarantee. Darn Tough also has something for the younger ones with their Kids’ Hike/Trek and Ski/Ride lines.
Darn Tough Socks are made in their family owned and operated mill in Vermont. They are not the cheapest sock you will ever find, but they are not the most expensive either. Each pair ranges from $15.00 for the lighter socks to around $24.00 for the rough and tumble hiking socks. Each and every pair of Darn Tough Socks are backed by the company’s lifetime guarantee. Darn Tough Socks are available from their website: www.darntough.com, and www.amazon.com.