When hiking, it is necessary to be adequately fitted to guard against injuries and for the comfort of the feet. However, the Smartwool socks are also a parameter not to neglect in the mountains if you want to avoid blisters, feet that overheat or frozen toes in winter. A good choice of suitable socks will turn your day of hiking into a pleasant walk.
The PHDs adapt well to the shape of the foot, and the nylon X design makes it possible to hold the sock well while walking. There are three thicknesses for this model (ultralight, light, and medium), but our favorite is the lightweight model, with sufficient padding under the heel and forefoot for trail and hiking. The mix of different fabric thicknesses makes it a pair of extremely breathable socks (usually a weak point for classic hiking socks).
smartwool socks now uses Indestructawool technology, which is a denser and stronger wool blend than the one used for these previous models. This technology is applied around the heel and toes in particular which are sensitive areas.
Its composition is made of 56% merino wool which provides an excellent thermal regulation that it is obviously for the heat but also for the evacuation of perspiration and odors. There is also 41% nylon and 3% elastane, which is significant because if these socks were only made of wool, they would be very fragile. Here, this is not the case. I use them regularly in autumn and winter for two years, and they have not moved too much. I say “not too much” because they have slightly pestered with the successive washing; but nothing terrible. After a hot wash, they tighten, but they resume their shape after a few minutes at the feet.
The PhD Outdoor Light Crew socks are not the thickest and warmest socks of the brand, so I recommend them to hikers who operate in temperatures between -5 ° and + 15 °. Below, it will be necessary to pass on a more adequate model – which will be the subject of a future opinion, since I also have special “Winter is coming”