We took it hiking, trail running, backpacking, biking, bouldering, and more. In all conditions, the it performed beautifully. While other socks might claim a specific advantage, this sock is all around versatile. Its' biggest competitor was our Editors' Choice winner, the Darn Tough Hiker Full Cushion, who won for its ability to dry faster and breathe better. We also appreciated that it was much more durable than the Smartwool and came with a lifetime guarantee. However, it doesn't compare to the level of comfort or warmth that the Smartwool PhD has to offer. This is a fantastic sock, and our Top Pick for Versatility because of its great performance across a wide range of conditions.
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