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LIGHT HIKING $13.99, scoutstuff.org New at Scout shops and scoutstuff.org, these BSA- licensed socks are designed for day hikes over flat or varied terrain in moderate to hot climates. The sock is also available in a crew-length version for $2 more. Or look for Thorlo’s dark green uniform hiking sock (not pictured) to wear with your field uniform.


THORLO BOY SCOUT


CREW TREKKING $19.95, smartwool.com Knit with merino wool (80 percent), nylon (19 percent), and a smidge of elastic for stretch, the Trekking Heavy Crew socks set an industry standard for a do-all outdoors hiking sock. A thick fabric blend adds warmth and cushioning. Stitched “arch braces” keep the sock in place and tight on the foot—mile after mile on a trail.


SMARTWOOL HEAVY


BOOT CUSHION HIKING $21, darntough.com A lifetime guarantee on socks? That’s correct. If you’re unsatisfied with the durability of these socks—even after years of use—the company promises to ship out a replacement pair. A high-density knit and stout materials that include nylon and wool make the Boot Cushion Hiking Sock one of the, well, darn toughest socks on the market. They’re also among the pricier socks you might buy.


DARN TOUGH VERMONT


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