Review: Darn Tough Socks

Darn Tough Socks

I believe that a good pair of hiking socks form an integral part of enjoying yourself on the trail and that is why I invested in a pair of Darn Tough Socks.

Now, I’m all for Australian products, particularly if they are made in Australia, but every so often an international product is so good it becomes too hard to ignore.

That is the case here with these Darn Tough Socks.

Made in Vermont in the USA, Darn Tough Socks are suitable for not only hiking and trekking but running, cycling, hunting and everyday use.

The ones I purchased are the Hiker Boot Sock Cushion and have been absolutely fantastic.

Without being able to field test them before my 10-day hike in New Zealand at the end of 2015, I was forced to test them during this trek.

Darn Tough Socks

Taking into consideration that my friends and I were hiking 25-30 kilometres a day, they held up remarkably well with very few blisters.

Made up of a combination of merino wool, nylon, and lycra spandex (63%, 34% and 3% respectively), these socks are a snug fit that are also breathable, comfortable, and fast drying.

Furthermore, they will keep your feet cool in hot conditions, warm in colder conditions, and are antimicrobial which means they will repel bacteria and odour.

Add these to my footwear combination of Salomon Quest 4D GTX hiking boots and ArmaSkin anti-blister sock liners, and blisters have become a thing of the past.

You can find buy these socks on Amazon or directly from Darn Tough, but also keep an eye on websites such as Socks Addict where you can sometimes grab a good deal.

In no way, shape or form did Darn Tough pay me for this review. I am merely bringing exposure to a product that I believe, and in turn providing you value at the same time. 

9 Responses
  1. Mark McKenzie

    John, interesting article. I too like a quality sock. When you spend a large proportion of your day on your feet. Socks and boots are very important. I’ll try and get myself a pair to try. Also, never come across the Armaskin. Thanks for sharing.

    1. John Feeney

      Hey Mark, thanks for having a read of the article. I really appreciate it and I agree re: your comments about socks and boots. I’m a big believer that hiking boots are a hiker’s most important piece of gear. If they aren’t correctly worn in or don’t feel right to begin with, it can lead to a really crappy experience on the trail. Furthermore, a good pair of, such as DT socks, complement good quality boots. If you haven’t had a read yet, be sure to check out my review of ArmaSkin’s sock liners.

    1. John Feeney

      Hey Andy,

      Thanks for your message. I wrote this article awhile back now and it seems as though they’ve stopped shipping Darn Tough socks direct internationally. I do often see them on Mass Drop or Socks Addict. You might even find them on

      Are you looking for a new pair of outdoor socks?


      1. Laura

        I was about the say the same thing! I’ve heard very good things about Darn Tough Socks, but am struggling to find somewhere that ships them to Australia! Socks Addict also don’t ship to Australia and Amazon are charging ridiculous amounts (over $100 for some pairs)!
        It looks as though a lot of these companies stopped shipping to Australia from 1 July 2017 when the changes to GST on international purchases came into effect. Such a shame for Australian customers.

        1. John Feeney

          Yeah that GST move has hurt plenty of international brands selling into this country from abroad. I believe REI was much the same.

          In saying that, as an operator myself, it creates opportunities for my brands and others in the same frame.


          1. Laura

            That’s true.

            Do you have any recommendations for Australian brands of hiking socks? or anyone who ships to Australia?

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