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Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro Review

This high value sock is a synthetic full-length midweight sock with exemplary durability and drying speed.
Wigwam Hiking Outdoor
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Price:  $14 List
Pros:  Incredible durability, quick to dry, accommodates a liner, comfortable
Cons:  Loose fit, lacks compression paneling, loses wicking capabilities in cold weather
Manufacturer:   Wigwam
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 13, 2017
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RANKED
#9 of 11
  • Comfort - 25% 5
  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Wicking and Breathability - 25% 8
  • Durability - 15% 10
  • Drying Speed - 10% 10

Our Verdict

The Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro is a mid-weight synthetic sock with excellent durability and drying speed. This full-length model does excellent in wet weather and, in the past, has won our Best Buy award for its low $14 sticker price. Composed of polypropylene, acrylic, and nylon fabric, it wicks well and dries quickly. The material is soft and cozy when dry and does a great job at insulating when wet in warmer conditions. It also shows little of wear and tear, even after years of testing.

Despite the many pros, our major caveat is its fit. While other contenders have compression paneling and a 'fitted' design, this product slides down the leg while exercising. Where other socks like Darn Tough Full Cushion sock (our Editors' Choice winner) uses a higher percentage of lycra or spandex, this model only uses 1%, providing a less fitted design. 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 for both warm and cool weather thanks to its great breathability and wicking capabilities. It kept us warm in a wide range of temperatures but when the weather takes a dive, it allowed more cold in than merino wool contenders. Of all the socks tested, its best for wet weather a perfect piece of gear for day hikes and backpacking trips.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Wigwam Outdoor Pro is fantastically durable, low cost, with excellent performance. Take it with you in all conditions, though we'd recommend the Darn Tough Hiker Full for extremely frigid conditions. Of all contenders tested, this is the best suited for wet conditions as it has incredibly wicking power and fast drying speeds.

Performance Comparison


This sock features an ultra breathable construct that will keep you cool in the summertime. We also loved its durability and all-around awesomeness!
This sock features an ultra breathable construct that will keep you cool in the summertime. We also loved its durability and all-around awesomeness!

Comfort


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. Also, it has a unisex fit.

While the Wigwam has some compression paneling, the sock is quite loose and not as fitted. Compression panels around the ankle and arch of the foot do not exist which causes it to move around while exercising.

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 was not nearly as plush as other socks tested, but enough to carry you on multi-day hikes. As a result, this sock earned a lower score for comfort.

Although comfort wasn't the Wigwam's strong suit  we liked the breathable panels and thin material. We would be preferred more compression panels for a better fit.
Although comfort wasn't the Wigwam's strong suit, we liked the breathable panels and thin material. We would be preferred more compression panels for a better fit.

Warmth


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.

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 anticipating 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.

The reason it didn't score on par with other merino-wool contenders is due to its wicking performance in cold weather. On warm days, it does a great job at keeping feet dry and comfortable; it wicked and breathed quite well in warm weather. However, when temperatures sunk, so did the fabric's wicking ability. For example, while exercising in Alaska, our feet became super hot and warm while split boarding in sub-zero temperatures.

A look at the woven fabric fibers that allow ample airflow throughout the length of the sock.
A look at the woven fabric fibers that allow ample airflow throughout the length of the sock.

Overall, we like the Wigwam sock for all 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.

Durability


Scoring strong 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 grim, 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) 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.

If you're in the market for a lifetime guarantee, all Darn Tough socks come with one!

Here we look at the durability of the Hiker Pro. Despite 60 miles of use  this sole looks like brand new! We were super impressed by the durability of this sock. One of the many reasons it won our Best Buy award!
Here we look at the durability of the Hiker Pro. Despite 60 miles of use, this sole looks like brand new! We were super impressed by the durability of this sock. One of the many reasons it won our Best Buy award!

Drying Speed


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.

A look at the comparative weights during our dryer tests. Here the vertical line with the name of the sock shows the time at which each dried in our controlled in-lab tests.
A look at the comparative weights during our dryer tests. Here the vertical line with the name of the sock shows the time at which each dried in our controlled in-lab tests.

Best Application


This hiking sock is awesome because of its versatility. It's great for wet weather, thanks to its synthetic construct, that wicks and dries quickly. It does great in cool to warm weather, making it a great option for day hikes, backpacking trips, and long trail runs!

Skiing the sweeping coloirs of the Alaskan range is a great place for this hiker. Take it with you on any winter or summer mission. Just make sure to use a liner in the case of extreme cold.
Skiing the sweeping coloirs of the Alaskan range is a great place for this hiker. Take it with you on any winter or summer mission. Just make sure to use a liner in the case of extreme cold.

Value


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. Though, if you're on a tight budget, be sure to check out the Danish Unisex Merino Wool Socks (only $10 per sock) or the People's Merino Wool Hiking Socks ($9 per sock). Both are lower quality construction with different performance features that you might prefer.

Conclusion


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. Take it with you in wet or dry conditions.


Amber King