How to choose outdoor sports socks?

Update:19 Feb 2021

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The thickness and weight are measured by the side to measure the thermal performance. Any socks containing cotton, 144N BLACK BODY WITH WHITE STRIPES FOOTBAL SOCK, wood fiber and other fabrics are not recommended for mountain climbing.

Compared to mountain climbing, hiking is more complicated. The first is temperature. For hot areas in summer, you can choose quick-drying such as cotton blends or full-chemical fiber quick-drying. Relatively speaking, the full chemical fiber quick-drying is more breathable. If it is a longer walking time, consider wear resistance and easy to change. Full chemical fiber is more abrasion resistant and easier to dry than cotton blended fabric; but cotton blended fabric is slightly better in terms of touch and deodorization. Better, for amateur and short-term hiking activities, it is recommended to use cotton blends. Of course, local tyrants can consider air-conditioned yarns, such as 37.5 degrees temperature control fabrics. In short, suitable is important.

Even in summer, we recommend thick socks with a towel bottom. Abrasion is the law of nature, and even a hundred years of breeze can fossilize quicksand, not to mention the soles of feet that are walking with more than a hundred catties. Followed by the spring and autumn seasons, the temperature is relatively pleasant, the hiking socks can be selected according to the summer. Or consider some irregular loop socks and socks with a large loop area in the style. Then in winter, hiking in the alpine region, looking at most outdoor brands, Merino preferred fabrics for socks that require warmth, and of course there are thermally quick-drying special-shaped chemical fiber fabrics similar to Thermolite, but they are basically mid-range products.
Consider the thickness of the socks and match the various temperature environments with the level of merino content. Generally speaking, the higher the content of merino hosiery, the better, and choose not less than 50% products. The style is relatively simple. It is natural to choose half-terry (foot terry) type of hiking socks. It is usually recommended to wear mid-high shoes when considering hiking. Ankle protectors are not easy to sprain, so the socks should have a suitable tube length, medium tube or medium high. Tube is a good choice.

In fact, most of my friends are amateur pseudo-outdoor crowds. They are relatively casual and not too wild. So there are quite a lot of matching low-top shoes and socks. I don't think it matters much, just suitable. However, in terms of elasticity, you still have to choose sports models, rather than loose socks. Hiking socks are also not recommended for cotton socks, except for those with porters and hotel guests can continue to be willful. The main reason is the substandard wear resistance and perspiration. Of course, cotton blended quick-drying socks are still more mainstream, usually outdoor brand basic socks use this combination. There are also many types of running socks. Sports socks are different from outdoor socks. The outdoor environment and conditions are comprehensive. The outdoor environment and conditions include trekking, walking and stopping, uphill and downhill, and the pace is naturally guided by the situation. Wear and tear are all omnidirectional and outdoor. The environmental load is limited, and we need to consider whether the product is durable enough to support the entire activity. Running is fierce, high energy consumption, and impossible to be long lasting. Therefore, durability is basically not considered, just considering cost performance and affordability.

Sports socks don’t need to consider their thermal performance. They won’t be cold during exercise. Just consider heat dissipation and ventilation. Therefore, the fabrics selected are generally cool and quick-drying fabrics such as coolmax, but sports socks have higher requirements for fit. Therefore, socks need to be tighter. Socks design needs to have a reasonable layout. Partial tightness will become pressure and discomfort. Only the overall tightness of the structure will be more comfortable. I would like to say here that Merino fabrics are also suitable for sports, such as running socks, because Merino has certain temperature control properties and will naturally maintain a constant temperature. Of course, the effect is not so ideal, but it is commendable enough. Therefore, thin wool running socks are not uncommon. Even running socks for track and field, marathon and other events are also available in wool. However, Merino socks are less durable and more delicate than chemical fiber.

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