In the process of reviewing these socks, I have learned way more than I ever dreamed I would need to know about a pair of socks. Before these Goodhew socks - socks were socks. Now, socks are just as technical a device as the pack I carry.
I have never owned a pair of actual, declared, made-specifically-for-hiking socks. Why? Because I didn't know it would make a difference. Like I said, socks were socks. But... I was wrong.
Goodhew knows socks, and they make a remarkably comfortable pair of hiking socks. The Lifestyle Outdoor line offers Light and Medium Hikers - both of which seem to be made for boots - and a few other types that would go well with shoes. I was sent the Medium Hikers, and I was skeptical about wearing them in East Tennessee's 90 degree weather. The socks are thick, very cushioned, and made of mostly Merino Wool. I'd always associated wool with winter (and although I can't wait to wear them then), they worked wonders for me on my recent hike with temperatures topping out in the 90's. Because of the fast moisture wicking of the Merino wool, my feet never once felt sweaty or overheated.
They also have great arch support, and though my arches have never complained, I could feel that the sock was tighter around that area. I'd say this would work wonders for someone who needs the support.
In all, I love these socks! Goodhew, you've knocked my socks off - errrr at least my old Hanes Her Ways. :-)
For those that want the specs:
Goodhew Medium Hikers
- Spandex throughout the sock
- Turn welt top
- Arch support
- Flat toe seam
- Comes in Grey or Khaki
- Made in the USA!
- 68% Merino Wool
- 30% Nylon
- 2% Spandex
The 2-pair pack is available for purchase through any Goodhew retailer (find one here).
Disclaimer: Robin received the Goodhew Medium Hiker Socks from the Outdoor Bloggers Network's Gear Review Opportunity. In being rewarded the socks she was required to review them here on Appalachia & Beyond. The opinions expressed above are Robin's independent thoughts and experiences.