Last Updated on November 1, 2021
With a name like Darn Tough, you can be pretty sure that these socks are going to be awesome and have a lot of features that make them stand out. While their socks may not be completely indestructible, they are probably the next best thing, and when compared to other outdoor socks by reviewers, they always come out on top. This review looks to understand why and how.
What makes Darn Tough Socks so Darn Good?
Quality and Durability
From the moment you put on one of the Darn Tough range of socks, you can feel the comfort and build quality around your feet. Knitted on small needle and fine gauge machines, they have a light build that won’t bulk or irritate your feet. If there is less bulk in the material, then there is more chance that it will fit better and, as a result, be more durable overall. Some reviews have suggested that one pair can last about 1,000 km of walking!
As well as being highly durable and made with care and quality, the sock also needs to be comfortable. Darn Tough socks use a specific kind of Smartwool that dries quickly to prevent blistering or hotspots. This is perfect for when you are on long hikes or walks and want your feet to stay comfortable for as long as possible.
The beauty of using Darn Tough socks is that they are so versatile. They can handle any harsh conditions if you are hiking, they are comfortable and can keep you warm too when you are sleeping, and because of their quick drying mechanism, sweat or wet won’t be a problem.
One pair of Darn Tough socks will set you back about $22, which is the price of maybe three drinks at a bar. For that $22, however, you are getting durability, comfort, and security, which is pretty impressive coming from a sock.
What are they made of?
Darn Tough socks are made of Merino Wool, Nylon, and Lycra Spandex. The percentage of each material depends on the type of sock that you buy.
My personal favourite of the Darn Tough sock range is the Men’s Sunset Ridge Micro Crew Lightweight Hiking Sock. Not only do I love the colour, but there are so many features.
- It has a ‘performance fit’, meaning that the sock itself will not bunch up when you are walking or cause blisters or feet pain.
- Its fast action wicking dries the socks quickly and prevents irritation.
- The socks have a lifetime guarantee, which I see as a real mark of excellence.
- The Merino wool that makes up nearly half of the socks material is fast drying, breathable and prevents odours, too, which will keep your feet feeling fresh, even when on the longest of walks or hikes.
Conclusion: Are they worth it?
Yes, any pair of socks will do the job when you are out and about, but Darn Tough socks are not just any pair of socks. Designed with comfort, durability, and efficiency in mind, the socks are more than worth the $22 that you pay for them. I would recommend buying a pair and trying them for yourself.