Trekmates – Trekker Mid Socks

Cool socks

It’s easy to be snobby about outdoor gear and think that spending less means getting lesser quality, and whilst that is sometimes true, these things are context-sensitive. Let me explain with a little story about my Friday night.

I woke up early and spent the day in a pair of these Trekmates socks under a now very worn-in and loosely fitting pair of North Face sneakers. I wandered around the British Leisure Show for a few hours with a dog that regarded Windsor Racecourse, or rather the proliferation of discarded food items, as seventh heaven. And then headed into London for a few leisurely beers and a plate-sized steak with an old school friend. So much steak in fact that I missed the last train home by 1-minute and was forced to take the alternative to a town which is a just-about-excusable taxi ride home. At no point during the day did my feet feel uncomfortable, too hot, sweaty or constricted. In fact, I didn’t think about them at all. Which is just as well, because my day wasn’t over yet.

A total lack of taxis (and, if I’m honest, a beer-fuelled brain) meant that I decided to tackle the 4-mile walk home. Easy peasy. Except that I misjudged, and it was 7 miles. Mostly along a deserted dual carriageway. At 1am on a Saturday morning. And I was wearing the same loose-fitting sneakers and day-old socks.

And do you know, I never once got uncomfy feet. Didn’t get a blister, a hotspot or a sensation of rubbing on my toes. The socks worked brilliantly with their good elasticated fit, their heel and toe padding and their heat-releasing areas on top of the foot and shin.

They contain 20% cotton, which means that if they get wet they won’t dry out as quickly as a fully synthetic sock, but since they’re made with Coolmax they will wick better than a ‘normal’ cotton sock.

At £14.99 for 2-pairs, and considering the comfort I experienced wearing them in less than ideal conditions, I can’t award these anything less than 5-hammers.

SUMMARY: Cheap and cheerful trekking socks, which I forgot that I was wearing, which is about the biggest complement you can give to a sock. Top marks.

Price: £14.99
From: Trekmates

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