Are socks the most underrated piece of outdoor gear? Chris Townsend assess the best for hillwalking. On test Icebreaker Hike + Medium Crew socks

Like the Falke socks these Icebreaker ones are shaped for left and right feet. And also like the Falke socks I can’t tell the difference when worn on the ‘wrong’ feet. Otherwise they’re good wool-rich socks, though more expensive than alternatives. They’re cushioned other than for a thin plain knit panel on the top of  the foot for ventilation. There are stretch panels at the Achilles, ankle and instep plus an elasticated cuff so they stay in place well. Comfort and warmth are good and like similar socks these should be fine for all but the coldest winter conditions. I can’t see any reason for the extra cost over the socks from Darn Tough, Teko and Wigwam though.

Reviewed in January 2015 Issue