On a budget? The Danish Unisex Merino Wool Sock is an excellent boot-length merino-wool blend that kept our tester trucking for miles on the trail. The unique 33% Merino Wool, 33% Acrylic, 33% Polyamide, 1% Elastane blend provides decent warmth and superior wicking and drying speed on the trail. As one of the only socks with a higher concentration of synthetic fibers integrated with merino wool, it balances a lot of the elements required in a great hiking sock. It's also super affordable - working out to just $10 per pair!
As one of our highest value contenders, we were surprised to see very little wear and tear even after 60 miles of testing. Our testers loved the full-boot length that is compatible with both hiking boots and shoes. That said, we don't recommend it for warm weather hiking and would recommend a more breathable option like the People's Merino Wool Sock, another merino-sock blend (70% merino wool) that has an ankle-length design. This is another option for those on a budget as this sock only goes for $9 per sock or about $30 for a pack of three. Overall, if you're looking for a great merino-wool sock that offers superior breathability on the trail, the boot-length Danish Unisex Merino Wool Sock comes with our top recommendation. Take it with you while backpacking, hiking, skiing, and more!