I found some nice $18.50 wool socks on sale for $11.10 at a local outdoors/sports store. They are the Patagonia Midweight Hiking Alpine Socks. Patagonia is known for quality (and made in the USA), so I bought them.

And I’m very happy with them! All I had to do was try them on and I could tell they were very nice socks.

Here are the details:

Content: 65% chlorine-free merino wool, 20% nylon, 12% polyester with moisture-wicking performance, 3% spandex.

And here are my thoughts…

Comfort and Fit:

These socks look comfortable, and believe me, they are!

patagonia wool hiking socks

They are very soft all around, and they are tight (but still very comfortable and not at all constricting) on my legs. They don’t sag or shift around and bunch up. I hate socks that slide down, so I was very happy with these.

They are nice and tall, like an extra layer of pants for your lower leg. Nearly up to my knee! Similar to most ski socks. (This is great when it’s cold, especially if you’re wearing tall hiking boots or ski boots.)

There is extra thick cushioning around the heel, under the foot, and up around toes.

There is also a tighter compression band around the midfoot, which increases foot support; I think that improves comfort for long periods of physical activity.

I could wear these all day, no matter what I’m doing! Whether it’s a big hike or relaxing by the fireplace, these work.

Sizing:

I got size Large, which fits Men’s 9.5-11.5 shoe size (according to the Patagonia chart.) This is a perfect fit for my size 11 to 11.5 feet.

Durability:

I’ve had these socks for a LONG time now – six years!

I haven’t abused them, but I have used them a handful of times each winter. They are still as comfortable as the day I bought them, and there is very little noticeable wear (just a little scuff mark on the heel.)

I bet these will last quite a while. They have already outlasted my Wigwam wool socks purchased at the same time as these.

Style:

They look great! They have a great two-tone style that looks appealing but not too flashy. Mine are like a gray and dark charcoal combo.

My final verdict is…

If you want some tall socks for fall/winter hiking and skiing, try these. I’ve used them for XC skiing, downhill skiing, hiking, and even cool weather motorcycle riding. I really like them and will definitely buy more Patagonia socks now.

Official website: www.Patagonia.com

Product Review Details
Company: Patagonia
Product: Patagonia Midweight Hiking Alpine Socks
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-10-03
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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