Smartwool Hiking Socks, a Comparison Review
For hiking Smartwool has two great options: Smartwool Hiking Socks and Smartwool Outdoor PhD Socks. They are both good styles the one you should grip socks choose just depends on your personal preference.
Smartwool Hiking Socks are produced with their patented WOW Technology which includes a reinforced sole for added durability, particularly in the heel and under the toes. There are also several mesh ventilation zones which allow for wicking of moisture so your feet will remain cool. This also keeps your feet dry which helps prevent blisters. Finally, there is an arch brace for extra stability and support. These socks will have a somewhat looser fit and be more like what you think of in a traditional hiking sock. There is also a liner sock available for those hikers that prefer a two sock system for comfort and to further deter friction and blistering.
Smartwool PhD Outdoors Socks are made with their 4 Degree Elite Fit System which uses two elastics for greater stretch and recovery, to keep the sock in place and prevent it from getting stretched out quickly. This technology is used in the ankle, upper and lower instep, and the arch and causes the sock to have a snug grip on your foot. Second, Smartwool’s patented ReliaWool technology is used in the high impact areas of the toe and heel to provide longer lasting protection and to keep feet comfortable. Finally, strategically placed mesh ventilation zones near the toes, ankle, and sides of the foot provide ventilation for temperature and moisture management. The PhD socks will have a tighter fit and be more of a performance sock than the traditional hiking socks. This also translates to a higher price tag.
Both the hiking socks and the outdoors socks come in a variety of styles, colors, cushioning, and materials. There are options for over the calf height as well as crew length, mini length, and micro length. Smartwool socks come in ultralight, light, and medium cushioning in their outdoor socks while the hiking socks also have a heavy and extra heavy cushioning op