The Smartwool Hike Medium boasts a perfect blend of comfort, warmth, and breathability. This women's specific sock features a merino-wool blend that is soft to the touch, comfortable, and luxurious. It won our Editors' Choice award (for women's hiking socks) because of its versatile performance. In our tests, it performed well in everything from zero to seventy-degree temperatures. We hiked it through wet trails and over deserts, and it still impressed us. We were especially happy to wear it while sleeping in a cold tent in sub-zero temperatures. Among our female testers, it was our favorite and a top recommendation. We just wouldn't wear it in the heat of the summer.
While the Smartwool Hike Medium is wonderful overall, it's only real downfall is its breathability. Constructed as a mid-weight sock intended for colder weather, this is no real surprise. That said, we would recommend a thinner contender like the Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion, our Top Pick for warm weather for women. This also has a women's specific fit and better suited for high-intensity activities and is not compatible with a hiking boot.
If you're not particular about a female-specific fit, the Darn Tough Full Cushion sock is our Editors' Choice award winner for men. It boasts better durability than the Smartwool Hike Medium Sock and has a tighter, less cushioned fit overall. While there are many other options, we still love the Smartwool Hike Medium sock for women. It's a great four-season hiking option that will keep your feet happy and protected mile after mile.