We have tested this sock for years, and it continues to demonstrate excellent performance. Of all contenders tested, this is the best suited for wet conditions as it has incredibly wicking power and fast-drying speeds. While it is also durable, it's not the warmest in the coldest of conditions, even though the material is cozy and soft when dry. It also comes in men's and women's specific fit, but we wish it offered a more precise fit. The sock tended to slide down and slip on our testers' feet when hiking downhill. The upside to this less fitted design is that one can use an additional liner to provide extra wicking power when the temperature plummets. All in all, this high-value sock is an excellent option if you're looking for synthetic construction.
Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro Review
Cons: Loose fit, lacks compression paneling, loses wicking capabilities in cold weather
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|Pros||Incredible durability, quick to dry, accommodates a liner, comfortable||Durable, comfortable, wide temperature regulation, versatile, fitted||Great thermoregulation, incredibly comfortable, durability||Breathable, comfortable, well-fitted, thin materials, merino-wool blend, no itch||Comfortable, breathable, quick-to-dry, calf-height design, compatible with hiking boots & shoes|
|Cons||Loose fit, lacks compression paneling, loses wicking capabilities in cold weather||Not ideal for hot temperatures, tall cut not best for all||Slow to dry, expensive||Lacks warmth in cold temperatures||Expensive, not suited for hot weather|
|Bottom Line||This high value sock is a synthetic full-length midweight sock with exemplary durability and drying speed.||An all-time favorite meant for long days on the trail.||A hiking sock that performs well through all seasons for any distance.||This merino-wool blend hiker is breathable and thin and performs well during high and low intensity activities.||This versatile hiking sock is a perfect option for everything from short to long days on the trail.|
|Rating Categories||Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro||Darn Tough Hiker Full Cushion||Smartwool PhD Pro Light Crew||Light Hiker Micro Crew||Damascus Medium Weight Techn...|
|Wicking And Breathability (25%)|
|Drying Speed (10%)|
|Specs||Wigwam Hiking...||Darn Tough Hiker...||Smartwool PhD Pro...||Light Hiker Micro...||Damascus Medium...|
|Material||41% polypropylene, 34% acrylic, 23% stretch nylon, 1% stretch polyester, 1% spandex||66% merino wool, 32% nylon, 2% lycra spandex||62% Merino Wool, 36% Nylon, 2% Elastane||40% merino wool, 56% nylon, 4% lycra spandex||52% US Merino Wool, 45% Nylon, 3% LYCRA Spandex|
|Length||Lower calf||High calf||Lower calf||High ankle||Lower calf|
|Guarantee Policy||2 year guarantee||Lifetime guarantee||2 year satisfaction guarantee||Lifetime guarantee||Lifetime guarantee|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Wigwam sock is cozy and comfortable, but not like Merino wool-blend contenders. Composed of 41% polypropylene, 34% acrylic, 23% stretch nylon, 1% stretch polyester, 1% spandex, this sock feels good on the skin. The material is soft against the skin with the looped fabric on the interior of the sock making it cozy and comfortable. It also features a unisex fit that works well for both men and women.
While the Wigwam has some elasticity in the material, the sock is quite loose and not very fitted. Compression panels around the ankle and arch of the foot do not exist which causes the sock to move around while exercising. When hiking on a long day, we found ourselves constantly tugging on the top of the sock to keep it up on our leg.
The height of the sock isn't compatible with either ski or mountaineering boots - so it's best for low cut footwear. The level of cushioning in the forefoot and heel is not nearly as plush as other socks tested, but enough to carry you on multi-day hikes. If you intend on taking on super technical trails, this isn't our top recommendation as the sock can slip, resulting in increased friction and potential blisters. However, for less technical trails, we would still recommend it wholeheartedly.
Wicking and Breathability
As the only synthetic-blend sock in this review, we love the wicking capabilities and breathability of the Outdoor Pro. Even though the material seems thick in some places, the fabric is not tightly woven, allowing better airflow. On a hot day running in Peru, we anticipated foot sweat and discomfort, but were surprised to learn that the fabric breathed easily, keeping our feet dry in temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit! Also, it does not absorb water readily making it an ideal option for wet weather.
While this sock wicks and breaths quite well in most conditions, it loses performance when wet. This is why it doesn't score the highest in this category. On warm days, it does a great job at keeping feet dry and comfortable; it wicks and breathes to keep feet dry in warm weather.
However, when temperatures plummet, so does the fabric's wicking capabilities. For example, while splitboarding in Alaska, we found ourselves hiking uphill with our feet getting super hot and slimy, which didn't happen with other merino-wool blends.
Overall, we like the Wigwam sock for most conditions. We think it's a great wet and dry sock option because of its breathability and water-wicking capabilities. We'd just recommend using a liner on colder days where the mercury dips below zero.
For a synthetic sock, it is surprisingly warm in both warm and cold conditions. It can retain its insulating properties in both wet and dry tests, though it didn't retain as much heat as Merino-wool blend contenders. While it does a decent job keeping feet warm, it's not our first choice.
The wool keeps your feet warm in both wet and dry conditions. In dry tests, it provided enough insulation for sufficient performance in snow, but we preferred a wool sock for this task. During our wet tests, the same trend is true. As a result, it earns a lower score even though it still provides average performance and temperatures that are above freezing.
Scoring strongly in this category, we are stoked about the durability of the Wigwam hiking sock. The high-quality polypropylene fibers are more durable than merino-wool contenders. After stretching them out, putting them through the grime, and testing them over the terrain, it still looks like new.
While other hikers pilled or showed some form of wear and tear in areas of high use, this sock showed little to nill. After 60 miles, the fabric didn't stretch out, there was no pilling, and its breathability and wicking power was still 100%. Not only that, but some of our testers have owned a pair of these socks (or similar from Wigwam) that have lasted over six years! Even though this model only comes with a two-year guarantee, the construct is incredible. This is one bomber sock that will last you a long time.
We are impressed with the Wigwam's ability to dry. This isn't surprising as synthetic fibers are to wick and dry faster than organic fibers. In our dryer tests, this sock was the fastest to dry. In our field tests, we observed the same trend. Drying this sock out on a rock (after being drenched in a river) took just under two hours on a hot summer day in the sun.
As a result, we would recommend this hiker for multi-day adventures where you might encounter rain, creek crossings, and more. Its fast-drying speed will allow you to have dry feet the next day.
In the past, this sock has won our Best Buy Award. A combination of its great performance and low price makes it one of the highest value hiking socks tested.
The Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro is a versatile everyday synthetic hiking sock that does well in all conditions, though we'd recommend another option if temperatures are frigid (or a sock liner). It provides the best in durability and drying speed, for a low price — one of the many reasons it earns our Top Pick Award.
— Amber King