Choosing hiking socks to suit the season

Hiking is a wonderful sport. Summer, winter, spring or autumn: each season has its own requirements and its own magic! That's why, at Therm-ic, as experts in thermoregulation for nearly 30 years, we've launched a range of hiking socks suited to the conditions hikers face in each season. From ultra-light, hard-wearing, breathable trekking socks for hot summer conditions to soft, insulating winter socks and versatile, moisture-repellent socks for mid-season hikes, you'll find the model that's right for you here. The summit is the same - comfort and performance for your feet - but there are four paths to get there!

""How do you choose suitable hiking socks for the season and conditions? Which trekking socks should you buy, depending on your search criteria? How do you balance cold, warmth, anti-humidity, breathability, blister protection, odour control and thermal insulation? Find all the answers in this buying guide.""

WHAT MAKES A GOOD HIKING SOCK?

What are the characteristics of a good hiking sock? Whatever the season, there are certain things that never change and certain criteria that never vary. All our trekking socks meet these design criteria, whether they're for temperate conditions, extreme heat or polar cold. The important criteria to consider when choosing your hiking socks are:
- The fineness and technicality
- The breathability and anti-moisture effect
- The reliability and wear resistance for a long service life
- The thermal insulation and thermal regulation
- The ergonomics, the fit and the anatomical design for a perfect fit
- The odour control
- The blister protection
- The fast drying

HOW TO SUIT YOUR HIKING SOCKS TO THE SEASON AND CONDITIONS

A good hiking sock is also a sock perfectly suited to the conditions. In other words, it's a sock with characteristics that will meet the specific needs of each season.

That's why we've divided our range of hiking socks into four sections:

- Our 'Outdoor Ultracool' socks for ""very hot"" conditions, with temperatures between 20 and 30°C.

- Our 'Trekking Cool' socks for ""warm"" conditions, with temperatures between 10 and 25°C.

- Our 'Trekking Temperate' socks for ""temperate"" conditions, with temperatures between 0 and 10°C.

- Our 'Trekking Warm' socks for ""temperate"" conditions, with temperatures between -10 and 0°C.

""A good hiking sock is perfectly adapted to the conditions. In other words, a sock with characteristics that will meet the specific needs of each season.""

WHICH ARE THE BEST HIKING SOCKS FOR WARM WEATHER?

Have you typed 'sweat-wicking hiking socks for summer' or 'lightweight, breathable trekking socks for hot, humid weather' into your search engine? Look no further; you've come to the right place!

Do you walk in spring or summer, in temperate or hot conditions, between 5°C and 25°C? Our 'Trekking Cool' mid-high hiking socks are made for you. Why? This is why:

- They are made from Tencel, a 100% eco-friendly fibre derived from eucalyptus pulp, for maximum breathability and freshness.

- The MOISTURE-VENT technology that provides effective ventilation. With each step you take, moist air is pumped from the arch of the foot to the sides, allowing the moisture to escape.

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- Reinforcements on strategic areas of the foot that aid comfort throughout the hours and kilometres on long days of walking.

This ultimate hiking sock in terms of versatility is available for both men and women.

Trekking Cool hiking socks

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And for hikers who want even more breathability, our 'Trekking Cool Light' hiking sock offers a composition variant incorporating Pure-ic, a natural fibre known for its lightness.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF HIKING SOCKS FOR EXTREME HEAT CONDITIONS?

The answer is simple: breathability, because optimal management of the moisture associated with perspiration will help avoid those underfoot hotspots that can quickly turn into blisters and make your hike an ordeal.

Consequently, we have designed the 'Outdoor Ultracool' hiking sock to match the expectations of these walkers who love to hike in the summer, in dry environments, in sometimes stifling heat, or even in the desert.

And its features? :

- It's ultra-fast drying thanks to Pure-ic fibre, an innovative biosourced yarn acclaimed for its freshness, light weight, strength and ability to dry extremely quickly.

- It offers impeccable moisture management, which is made possible by its MOISTURE-VENT construction. Climate-channel technology that ventilates the foot and wicks perspiration away from the sock with every step.

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- Reinforcements on strategic areas of the foot that aid comfort throughout the hours and kilometres on long days of walking, from dawn to dusk in the summer sunshine.

The best hiking sock for hot conditions is available for both men and women.

Outdoor Ultracool hiking socks

For summer hiking enthusiasts who would like to reach new heights of comfort, our 'Trekking Ultracool Linen' hiking socks offer a variant with a hybrid composition of Pure-ic and linen, for a silky soft feel, even in 30°C.

""Optimum management of the moisture produced by perspiration helps to avoid overheating underfoot, which can quickly turn into blisters.""

WHICH ARE THE BEST HIKING SOCKS FOR THE WINTER?

How do you choose hiking socks designed for cold temperatures? What are the most important features to look for in winter hiking socks? These are just some of the questions we have heard from nature lovers whose feet are always cold and whose toes are often frozen.

The answer is simple: you need socks with impeccable thermal insulation and breathability. With this in mind, we designed the 'Trekking Warm Crew' high hiking sock, which shines when outside temperatures fluctuate between -10°C and 5°C. Its not insignificant little ""extras"":

- Its protection in the form of insulating and cushioning pads in the most strategic areas of the foot after several hours of walking, namely, the heel, Achilles tendon and toes.

- Its composition of merino wool - a natural fibre renowned for its breathability, silky feel and warmth - and Pure-ic, a high-tech biosourced fibre patented by Therm-ic, which stands out for its incredible lightness, quick drying, elasticity synonymous with strength and anti-odour properties.

- Its breathability, which results from the innovative MOISTURE-VENT design, and allows moisture and perspiration to escape with every step, thanks to a system of channels integrated into the construction of the sock.

The Trekking Warm Crew hiking sock is available for men and women.

Trekking Warm hiking socks

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""How do you choose hiking socks suitable for cold temperatures? What are the most important features to look for in winter hiking socks? »

WHICH HIKING SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR MID-SEASON TREKKING?

This isn't a question; it's a real dilemma! Which could also be put another way: how do you choose hiking socks that are suited to the changing temperatures of the mid-season?

At Therm-ic, we brought our expertise to bear to solve the problem. So, if you're one of those hikers who enjoy walking in autumn or spring when the weather varies between rain and sunshine, we highly recommend our trekking Temperate Crew high socks designed for temperate conditions. Why choose those? This is why:

- Their double-skin construction, which is incredibly effective against foot friction. This is because friction occurs between the two layers of the sock rather than between the sock and the skin.

- Their breathability, which results from their innovative MOISTURE-VENT design, present in all our hiking socks, whatever the season. A construction that allows moisture to be evacuated over the miles thanks to a system of channels integrated into the construction of the sock.

- Their hybrid composition is based on natural linen, Pure-ic and Merino wool fibres and combines the best of these materials known for their softness, insulation and breathability properties.

The 'Trekking Temperate Crew' hiking sock is available for men and women.

Trekking Temperate hiking socks

If you want an even more innovative variation, indulge yourself with our 'Trekking Temperate Cushion Crew' high hiking sock. This one offers optimal moisture management thanks to CoolmaxTM yarn, a refreshing fibre created from textile waste.

The 'Trekking Temperate Cushion Crew' hiking sock is available for men and women.

""The double-skin construction is extremely effective against foot friction. This is because friction occurs between the two layers of the sock rather than between the sock and the skin.""