Darn Tough Men’s Merino Wool Socks Reviewed

Text by: Jason Nugent

Darn Tough. Darn Tough Men’s Merino Wool Socks Reviewed

I love my feet. I also abuse my feet. Last year I biked 16 thousand kilometers, ran 800, and hiked nearly 3400 more. For every one of those kilometers, my feet took the brunt of the abuse, in the cold, the wet, the heat, through blisters, cracked toenails, and all sorts of other things I won’t mention because if you’re out there, you know what I mean.

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Our review of this product
10 / 10

The pros are:

  • Lifetime unconditional warranty
  • No detectable seams
  • Perfect blend of merino wool and stretchy material

The cons are:

  • I really can’t think of any

My first line of defense against this sort of abuse is a really good pair of socks. It’s funny because when you’re a kid, getting socks for Christmas was sort of like not getting a birthday cake. Now that I’m older, anytime I find a fresh pair of socks, I feel like I just discovered mad amounts of gold in the Klondike.

Darn Tough has been making socks for nearly 40 years, and they think that they know how to make socks that will do the job.  To back up that belief, they offer an unconditional lifetime warranty, which continues to boggle my mind. Full disclosure – I own several pairs of Darn Tough socks already.  They have been my go-to hiking sock for a few years now, and I doubt if I will ever use anything else.

The boot light cushion sock comes up to about the middle of my calf, which works well especially if you are wearing a taller hiking boot since it will prevent the top of your boot from rubbing on your leg.  The longer length also overlaps very well with long underwear, which is probably something every Canadian (and New Englander, where these socks are made) is familiar with. Made from a blend of Merino wool, nylon, and a bit of lycra, they provide warmth even when wet, and are stretchy enough to fit well which means they won’t slide around or bunch up.  I think the best thing about them is that the seams are essentially undetectable.  The light cushion version provides padding for light hiking with perhaps a small day pack or general everyday use.  They are a joy to wear.

With the unconditional warranty, Darn Tough socks are the only choice for me. The thing is, I’ve never actually had to use it yet. 

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