Darn Tough has built its reputation on durability and in my experience it’s well-earned. I’ve worn Darn Tough hiking socks on multi-day walks and they’ve proved very hard-wearing. They’re also comfortable after a week’s wear without washing and when washed they come out soft and fluffy. I’ve worn the Hike/Trek Micro Crew ones more than any other as they’re ideal for year-round use except in the coldest weather. The fit is excellent and the ankles don’t slip down and soles don’t bunch up.

Chris Townsend’s Best in test

Darn Tough has built its reputation on durability and in my experience it’s well-earned
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Quick specs
Materials 61% Merino Wool, 36% Nylon, 3% Lycra Spandex
Sizes2.5 – 4.5, 5-7, 7.5-9, 9.5-11.5, 12-14, 15-16
VersionsWomen’s available
Brand sitehttps://darntough.uk

The Hike/Trek Micro Crew socks have terry loop cushioning underfoot and around the back of the ankle and across the toes. The top of the foot is plain knit and quite stretchy, which helps keep the sock in place. Similarly the rib-knit leg also stretches and doesn’t slip down.

The socks have a 61% merino wool content that meets the Responsible Wool Standard and comes from non-mulesed sheep. There’s also 36% nylon, which helps with the durability. I think this combination works well, with enough wool for it not to lose its advantages.

The socks are made in Darn Tough’s mills in Vermont in the USA.

Reviewed and tested by Chris Townsend

The Hike/Trek Micro Crew socks were tested during last autumn and early winter in a variety of footwear ranging from mesh trail shoes to boots with gaiters. To compare the socks I wore different ones of similar thickness on each foot and then compared them afterwards for dampness, fit and matting. Whilst there are differences none of those tested would be a bad buy. 

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