Since we’re on the subject of socks (as well as some reviews not requiring a month to develop), it seems only fitting to get right into another sock review. This time, the socks come from the opposite side of this giant country of ours. This time, we are talking about the aptly named Darn Tough Vermont and their absolutely fantastic American made Merino wool socks.
The difference between Darn Tough socks and all the other socks that have ever been tested for this column is immediately noticeable. Seriously, it took about three seconds to know I’d just stuck my tootsies into something special. As of this moment, I am officially announcing that there’s two categories of socks: Darn Tough, and all the rest.
Now, this isn’t to say that all the rest are some how deficient, it merely means that Darn Tough, which is a subsidiary of Cabot Hosiery Mills, has been making socks for 30 years, so they should know a thing or two about how to make the best socks on the planet. Yes, that sounds hyperbolic, but it isn’t. These Darn Tough socks are so amazing, they make me wish I had more feet.
Here’s what I tested:
- Herringbone Micro Crew Ultralight (#1724): Seamless toe for maximum comfort, densely knit to make them tough, and a streamlined fit to avoid slipping, bunching, and blisters - $17
- Hiker ¼ Sock Cushion (#1905): Cushioned down below to help you log maximum miles in maximum comfort, thin and stretchy up top for a snug fit, and since it’s made from Merino wool it is naturally antimicrobial and great at keeping the toes at the right temperature - $17
- Warlock Crew Light (#1618): Fashion-forward and fun, seamless toe, thin but still dense, and like the others, amazingly comfortable - $19
As different as each pair is from the other, there is a common theme here. The density of the knit, even in the thinner, more fashion-friendly Warlock is instantly apparent. There is a limit to the stretch of these socks, so they never feel loose, and never slip around. Even after a full day in them, they fit just like they did on day one.
Keep in mind that these socks are not one-size-fits-all. In fact, they come in four sizes and should be ordered accordingly. For more information about Darn Tough and their stellar socks, click here. To find a retailer near you, click here.
*Full disclosure: These socks were provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise doesn’t make any sense at all.