Maybe this year you’ve dreamed of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, or another long trail where you can get away and rely on your own skill and what you’ve brought along in your pack. Or perhaps it’s a dream for a future time. Regardless, whether you’re traveling or on your own home trail, the right socks can help make or break your experience.
Get some inspiration from the Darn Tough ATC Micro Crew Cushion socks.
Focused on delivering the ultimate in comfort, durability, and fit—especially when failure isn’t an option—Darn Tough cares about creating socks that over-deliver in the most demanding trail conditions.
The ATC Micro Crew Cushion socks are made with 61 percent merino wool, 36 percent nylon, and 3 percent lycra spandex. We’ve highlighted before that merino wool is an ideal fiber for breathability and comfort, but it’s also naturally antimicrobial and has all-weather performance—not just in winter.
The micro crew height peeks just above the top of a standard hiking boot, so there’s little chance of boot rubbing on skin. In the anti-blister territory: The socks’ performance fit makes them less likely to slip or bunch, and the undetectable seam fusion makes gives them a smooth feel. A mid-level cushion density added under foot both keeps feet warm and allows you to walk farther and longer without your feet aching.
Darn Tough donates 5 percent of the sales of this sock to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s outdoor education programs and maintenance of the Appalachian Trail.
The ATC Micro Crew Cushion Socks come in charcoal with olive and light gray details, and list for $23 on the Darn Tough site. They’re offered in men’s sizing, but you can easily convert to women’s sizing via the chart at the bottom of the same page.