These are possibly the most technical hiking sock I have ever worn. UYN – which stands for Unleash Your Nature – focus on baselayers, socks and shoes, priding themselves on using cutting edge technology and materials to enable the best performance possible. Their range of socks is diverse and impressive, covering hiking, running, cycling, snowsports and racket sports.
The Women’s Trekking One All Season Mid Sock is a mid-weight sock (the clue is in the name, although it’s actually one of the lighter socks on test) for all types of hiking. It uses a blend of fibres focussing mainly on fast-drying moisture-wicking polyamide, but blended with merino for comfort and temperature regulation, as well as an innovative sustainable fibre sourced from Eucalyptus wood – ECOLYPT – which claims to absorb up to 50% more moisture than cotton and helps combat odours.
Lara Dunn’s verdictThese are possibly the most technical hiking sock I have ever worn.
- Fast drying
- Cuffless mild compression fit, suitable for year-round use
- Light cushioning
- Slightly over-synthetic feel
|46% polyamide/25% wool/23% lyocell/3% elastane/3% linen
|ZEROCUFF construction, ECOLYPT sustainable hydrophilic fibre, shock absorbent 3D knitted zones that also act as ventilation, targeted compression zones, Achilles tendon protection, bacteriostatic NATEX fabric helps odour control
I found the ZEROCUFF design to be extremely comfortable to wear, the absence of elastic at the top of the sock and the mild compression areas delivering on their promise of improved blood circulation, meaning that my feet remained comfortable for longer. This improved blood circulation works nicely together with the merino wool content of the socks to keep my feet a pleasant and stable temperature, while the synthetic content (including the lauded ECOLYPT) contributes to a pleasantly un-sweaty walking experience, although there is something a little off-putting about the next-to-skin feel of the fabric – it feels quite synthetic
The fit on the Trekking One is smooth and sleek, staying put with no creasing or bunching, and for me the targeted cushioning areas do their job pretty well. I’d personally have liked a little more padding under heel and forefoot, but the zoned padding is nonetheless effective and the low-profile nature of these socks does mean that they are well suited to wear with fast and light type hiking footwear.
They wash well, dry very quickly and bounce back nicely from repeated wears. At this price they are in the same ballpark as the majority of specialist trekking socks, and you’re getting a lot of technology for your money.
Tested by Lara Dunn
Lara has worked in outdoors media since the late 90’s as a writer, reviewer, and an editor in her own right across adventure travel and cycling titles. She has hiked, cycled, climbed, scrambled, trekked, ambled, and swum all over the UK and further afield.