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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion - Women's Review

A fantastic women's hiker built with lightness in mind.
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Price:  $22 List | $18.36 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Breathable, durable, lightweight construction, ankle-height
Cons:  Not super warm
Manufacturer:   Darn Tough
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 26, 2019
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  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Wicking and Breathability - 25% 9
  • Durability - 15% 9
  • Drying Speed - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Darn Tough Micro Crew for women is built to last while you crush it on the trail. This lightweight Merino-wool blend sock boasts a balance of comfort and breathability making it a Top Pick for Lightweight Cushioning. Our testers love wearing it during day hikes and trail runs, and it wasn't left home for mountain bike days, either. This sock isn't super tall, making it a great option to wear with either a pair of hiking boots or shoes but adds versatility to the level of activity and seasons. Best for the Fall, Spring, and Summer, this lightweight sock should be left at home for super cold days on the trail. If you're in the market for an ankle-length hiking sock that does best in warm weather, this Top Pick is our top recommendation for women.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Darn Tough Micro Crew features a female-specific design with super cute color patterns. It's our Top Pick for Lightweight Cushioning because of its thinner design and great overall performance.

If you like the sounds of the Darn Tough Micro Crew for Women, but you prefer a male-fit, be sure to look at the Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew, designed with a wider profile.

Performance Comparison


The Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew is a perfect option for this Spring hike in the Grand Canyon. It's our Top Pick as a lightweight cushioned sock.
The Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew is a perfect option for this Spring hike in the Grand Canyon. It's our Top Pick as a lightweight cushioned sock.

Comfort


With cozy and plush fabrics, this is one comfortable sock! For a lightweight product, we are surprised by the level of cushioning.


The 59% Merino Wool, 39% Nylon, 2% Lycra Spandex blend provides great cushion underfoot with lighter materials on top to ensure great breathability all-around. The elastic materials provide areas of excellent compression around the arch and heel. Also, the above-ankle design is a nice feature that is a "must-have" during warm summer months. While this sock is not compatible with tall hiking or rain boots, our testers love it with a sturdy pair of hiking shoes. Also, this sock has pretty cute colors and a female-specific design (a narrow heel) that ensures the fabric doesn't bunch in any odd places.

This lightweight hiker offers a compressive fit with additional cushioning to keep us exploring these beautiful canyons.
This lightweight hiker offers a compressive fit with additional cushioning to keep us exploring these beautiful canyons.

While rock climbing long routes in the Black Canyon in Colorado, our main tester wore a pair of thicker socks, testing warmth and overall versatility. By the end of the climb, our chief tester was wishing she had used the Darn Tough Micro Crew socks because of their tighter and more fitted design that is much more compatible with tighter fitting shoes - like a rock shoe.

While we think the Darn Tough is pretty darn comfortable for a lightweight sock, it's not the most comfy option out there simply because it's not loaded down with a ton of cushioning. It provides a superior fit to other socks in this review, but it doesn't have ample cushioning underfoot. Many of our testers prefer a thicker sock when traveling for days on foot, especially in cooler temperatures. That said, we prefer a thinner design for warm summer days.

Wicking and Breathability


Featuring a lightweight construct, the Darn Tough Micro Crew for women crushes it in this category.


We are utterly impressed with its wicking ability and breathability. This is why we awarded it a Top Pick. Our testers spent many days wandering around in the desert with this model, serving as protection from trail debris underfoot. In warm weather, it wicks and breathes very well. We attribute this to its fabric construction that uses a lightweight layer of both Merino wool and synthetic fibers to quickly remove sweat and moisture from the surface of the skin to the exterior of the sock. This is primarily because the sock is built with a superior ventilation system that is thinner around the arch and top of the foot, with cushioning located in high use zones. As a result, its a favorite in this category.

The thin fabric is cozy and breathable. The tight fit gives it great wicking capabilities as well.
The thin fabric is cozy and breathable. The tight fit gives it great wicking capabilities as well.

Warmth


Being a lightweight hiker, warmth is not its strong suit. While it does a great job in the Fall, Winter, and Summer, we wouldn't recommend it for the Winter months.


The length is too short to be compatible with any outdoor winter boot, and secondly, it simply does not insulate well enough for super cold temperatures. During a cold Fall night, when the temperature was just above freezing, our foot was cold within minutes. We promptly had to switch into a warmer option for the night. During our wet tests, it provided great insulation when wet, but once again, when the mercury drops, it won't keep your feet warm.

This isn't the warmest sock for colder weather  but weather like this...cooler summer days  is a perfect place for the Darn Tough Light Hiker.
This isn't the warmest sock for colder weather, but weather like this...cooler summer days, is a perfect place for the Darn Tough Light Hiker.

Durability


This sock is seriously tough! With over roughly 60 miles of testing, we've noted minor pilling in areas of high abrasion, but other than that — nada, zip, zilch!


Typically compaction of the fabric in the heel or forefoot indicates durability flaws, but none were noted during testing. As a result, we happily deem this sock highly durable. After three years of testing it consecutively, we still have the same pair of socks with hundreds of miles of wear and tear logged. The result? Still durable, still awesome.


Darn Tough products are backed by a lifetime guarantee. If you put a hole or ruin in the sock in your lifetime, the company will send you a pair of brand new socks without question.

Drying Speed


Drying speed is moderate with this sock, performing well for any traditional hike or backpacking trip.


In comparison to the rest, it's not the fastest to dry, but it isn't the slowest either. In our dryer tests, it took only 70 minutes to completely dry, making it one of the fastest to dry in our dryer testers. After soaking and wringing it out, it held about 133% of its original dry weight, which is surprisingly low for a high-density wool sock.

High-intensity activities are no big deal for this Darn Tough sock. It's quick to wick and breathe. Take it trail running or hiking  whatever you please.
High-intensity activities are no big deal for this Darn Tough sock. It's quick to wick and breathe. Take it trail running or hiking, whatever you please.

While the at-home tests went well, the field tests also proved to be conclusive. When in action, they do dry quickly. However, when line drying, we find this sock takes a little longer to dry than other merino blends. As a result, it doesn't earn the highest points in this category but it still does fairly well.

A comfortable hiking sock is important for long days on the trail. Here we take a picture as we prepare to ascend a few thousand feet to the rim of the canyon  after staying and hiking for three days.
A comfortable hiking sock is important for long days on the trail. Here we take a picture as we prepare to ascend a few thousand feet to the rim of the canyon, after staying and hiking for three days.

Value


One might think the sticker price is pretty steep. In comparison to other contenders out there, it's definitely on the expensive end. That said, Darn Tough products do come with a lifetime guarantee, which is a huge selling point, and the reason that our testers buy them on a consistent basis.

Conclusion


The Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion is our favorite lightweight hiker on the market because of its great versatility on all types of trails and terrain. It's comfortable, breathes well, and works perfectly throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer. A go-to if you prefer a lower cut sock with immaculate quality and a kick-butt warranty.

This lightweight hiking sock is built to take on the miles. Its perfect for trail running  hiking  or camping in cool to warm weather. This Top Pick will keep your feet protected for miles - and they are built to last.
This lightweight hiking sock is built to take on the miles. Its perfect for trail running, hiking, or camping in cool to warm weather. This Top Pick will keep your feet protected for miles - and they are built to last.


Amber King