Darn Tough Vermont Hiking Socks Review

A while back, I was contacted by a rep at Darn Tough Vermont. They asked me if I’d be willing to test out and write an honest review on a pair of their hiking socks. I said, sure! I love to hike/camp/backpack, so I knew I’d give these Micro Crew Trek Socks a fair trial.
Darn Tough Vermont Socks

I was a pinch leery at first because 1. I had actually never heard of Darn Tough before (I must be living under a rock though, because everyone else I know has) and 2. I was loyal to another brand of hiking socks (Smart Wool) at the time.

There’s nothing worse than the wrong socks when you’re on a multiday backpacking trip. But so far, I’ve worn these socks on 3 separate trips, in various climates (snow, wet/rain, and summer heat). AND LOVED THEM.
Darn Tough Vermont Trek Micro Crew Socks

I was worried my toes would get cold on our snowy backpacking trip because the sock is a little thinner (not thin, just thinner than my thick Smart Wool ones). But I was pleasantly surprised! My toes stay nice and warm! (*Bonus, how sweet is the design/color?!)
Darn Tough Vermont Trek Micro Crew Socks

On the wet or warmer hikes I’ve gone on, my feet stayed dry and comfortable. I’ve yet to experience any hot spots, aka, I’ve had ZERO blisters when wearing these socks! Anyone who goes hiking a bunch knows how rare that it.

I know it sounds overly dramatic, but the right socks can make a world of difference on the trails. These are those kind of socks for me.
Darn Tough Vermont Trek Micro Crew Socks

I’m a complete convert now. I love these socks, and my fatter, thicker non-Darn Tough brand socks will definitely come second to my Darn Tough Vermont Trek Socks from now on!

They only cost $15-19 depending on where you buy them (comparable to Smart Wool socks, if not cheaper), and you can find where to order them HERE. Definitely worth the investment. Your feet will thank you!

Thanks again, Darn Tough, for sending me this pair to test out!

*Disclaimer: Darn Tough sent me these Trek Series Micro Crew women’s size medium socks free of charge, but these opinions are strictly my own. 

7 Comments Add yours

  1. runwithholly says:

    Oh, my word. ADORE Smartwool. Crazy, too – probably the only piece (not really, but close) of running gear that I have equal affection for in super uber cold and super-duper hot weather!!

    1. Efo says:

      Hey Holly! These aren’t Smartwool! These are Darn Tough, a different brand of all-weather performance socks! I used to love my Smartwools too, but after testing these Darn Tough ones out, I’ve made the switch. For reals. Check them out.

      1. runwithholly says:

        Late night commenting typo. Sorry. I have a few big fat Smartwools for wintry weather (totally superfluous these days!) _ but I trail run in the Darn Toughs exclusively, no matter what the weather. I just completely typed the wrong thing. I swear I read your post… ;-)

  2. interesting! we’ll have to check out darn tough – currently loyal smart woolers too! i could get down with some thinner socks, though!

    and you are right – socks are a HUGE part of an enjoyable hiking/backpacking/camping trip!

  3. Brennan says:

    I have a few pairs of Darn Tough socks! I run in them in the winter. They keep my toes from freezing even when my shoes soak through. Great socks!

  4. Lisa says:

    They last forever too!!! Back in 2004, I found a pair in my goodie bag at Vermont City Marathon and just now had to bid them farewell. They lasted so long and only finally wore down at the back of foot just above the heel.

    Very sweet colors too :)

  5. super cute pattern! should scoop up a pair for camping in leadville!! don’t worry… i haven’t heard of this brand either. great review! :)

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