Are socks the most underrated piece of outdoor gear? Chris Townsend assess the best for hillwalking. This review is for Extremities Hiker socks

The Extremities Hiker socks are warm and comfortable and much like other cushioned midweight socks, though the cost is a little higher. They have extra cushioning at the toe and heel, elasticated panels at the arch and ankle for a secure fit and an elasticated cuff to keep them up. They’re excellent in cold weather, which perhaps makes them too warm for summer (I haven’t been able to try them in the heat). Like similar socks they’re warm when damp and dry reasonably quickly.

Reviewed in January 2015 Issue