Beyond HIKING SOCKS

Engineered Foot Protection

  • Cushioned instep and arch for a better fit, more support and less pressure on feet for a more comfortable hike.

  • Cushioned instep and arch for a better fit, more support and less pressure on feet for a more comfortable hike.

  • Unique padding specifically designed for hiking, clinically shown to reduce blisters, pain, pressures and moisture for maximum protection.

  • Ventilation panel for extra moisture control and breathability

  • Constructed with THOR.LON® fibers for superior softness, resilience, durability and moisture-wicking for drier, better feeling feet.

  • Low profile toe seam won’t rub or irritate feet.

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For Feet That Hurt

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For Feet That Do Not Hurt

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Your Feet Will Feel Better Or Your Money Back®

Outdoor Hiking socks

Clinically-Tested Padded Socks For Feet That Hurt

Lite Padded Socks For Feet That Do Not Hurt

Hiking Puts Your Feet at Risk

Whether you’re a “weekend warrior” or long-distance hiker, no matter how acclimated your feet are to the trail, something always can happen that puts your feet at risk for a blister or other injury. Don’t just cover your feet; protect them with Thorlos clinically-tested padded hiking socks. Thorlos padding has been shown in independent research studies to reduce not only blisters, but also foot pain, pressures that can lead to skin abrasions, and moisture (which promotes blister formation and creates an environment for fungal infections). To further reduce moisture, Thorlos are made with THORLON®, a proprietary synthetic fiber that is superior at both moving moisture away from your feet and staying resilient throughout the day, and COOLMAX®, also known for its excellent moisture-wicking properties.

For Every Terrain

When you hike, your feet are subjected to a repetitive heel-to-toe motion, and that motion often is interrupted by steep ascents, scrambling across rocks and boulders, downhill stretches, and even off-trail excursions (planned or not!) that can involve dramatic changes in terrain. And, of course, depending on the time of year and geographic location, the temperature can range from 100+ degrees to sub-zero.

“After trying a lot of other socks, the only ones that I will buy are Thor-Lon hikers. Wool irritates my feet, and only the Thorlo cushioning keeps me cruising the woods.”  Paul S.

Made Specifically for Hiking

To enjoy hiking more and to be able to do it day after day, trip after trip, you need to protect your feet from its rigors with the most protective hiking socks available. The variable-density padding of Thorlos engineered padded socks (thicker in the ball and heel areas and less dense in the arch) follows the anatomical design of your feet. It protects the weight-bearing areas and reduces the chances of chafing, blistering and skin injuries caused by the pressure, impact and shear forces that constantly act on your feet when you’re hiking.

Our padded hiking socks are available in a range of styles that work on all terrains, in all climates and for all intensities—wool blends for warmth and synthetic blends (THORLON, COOLMAX®) for maximum wicking in summer--as well as multiple weights of padding so you can get just what you need for the specific terrain, weather, and level of hiking you prefer. Our women’s clinically-tested hiking socks also feature elastic around the ankle for added support, a smaller heel pocket and a custom toe box to provide a better fit for a woman’s foot.

"I love to be in the outdoors, so my wife and I have a standing date every Saturday morning to go on a different hike each week. The problem is I'm 59 years old and overweight. So my boots and socks take all the abuse. I always got blisters when I wore cotton athletic socks. Now that I bought a few pairs of Thorlos hiking socks I don't get blisters, so we've been able to go father and on more difficult hikes and really enjoying the outdoors again."   Tom S.

“These socks cushion my feet in all the right places. They provide warmth without suffocation. The Thorlon-wool blend eliminates "wool rash" on my ankles. I bought my first hikers in 2007 and in 2010 I ordered more. I won't hike or camp without them. All my Thorlos are still wearing well and they always outlast me on the trail. Great company, great socks!”  Mary G.

When properly fitted with your hiking boots or trail shoes, Thorlos clinically-tested padded socks for hiking will protect your feet on any terrain, in any climate.

If you don’t experience pain while hiking or after hiking, and prefer maximum protection and lighter weight, try Thorlos Lite padded socks. They’re available in men’s, women’s and unisex styles in a variety of blended fabrics.

Curious but not yet convinced whether Thorlos CTPS can help you address your foot pain? We invite you to try your first pair free…just paying shipping and handling.

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From the Street to the Summit

The Thorlos outdoor line offers everything you need from the “street to the summit”…from styles that are great for greenway walking to styles that have been used to summit Everest – and everything in between.

For the Street: Our Street products are designed for feet that don’t hurt on pavement to hard-pack trails, for use with performance running or trail running footwear: Experia®, UHLX featuring COOLMAX®

Our products for the Trail, Approach and Summit all use clinically-tested padding, which is recommended if you experience foot pain during or after participating or if you want to prevent any foot conditions.

For the Trail: Relatively flat to rolling terrain, carrying day pack, for use with mid- or light-duty boots, trail runners or low-cut hikers: LTH, WLTH, TRMX, TRHXM and TRHXW padded hiking socks featuring THORLON, COOLMAX and Merino wool

For the Approach:  Challenging terrain, carrying pack with 20 pounds or more, for use with mid-duty boots: KX, KXW, KLT padded hiking socks featuring Thorlon and wool blend

For the Summit: Extreme climates (sub-zero weather), difficult terrain, heavy packs, for use with mid-duty or heavy-duty boots: TKX, ST trekking and mountaineering padded socks featuring THORLON and wool blend.

“I was a dyed-in-the-wool fan of pure wool socks till I found these.”  Jesse S.

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With Thorlos, we promise: Your feet will feel better or your money back®!

Employee Favorite

 “I started backpacking nearly 40 years ago. After a long layoff, I hit the trails again and have been hiking and backpacking for more than seven years now. The KLT gives me the versatility I need for whatever I encounter. It’s protective enough for me to carry up to a 30-pound pack, and warm enough for most weather I encounter 9 or 10 months of the year. The wool content provides excellent insulation, and if I use it with a liner, it’s perfect even for warmer weather. I have experimented with a lot of different styles and combinations with and without liners, and will continue to do so. But so far I have always come back to the KLT.”  Rick Mende, Business Development / Product Performance

Reviews for Thorlos HIKING

  • 4 out of 5

    Style: KXW

    Very comfy

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    Just did an 8 day trek and these socks came along for the ride. Very comfortable. Plenty of cushion. A bit bulky and not recommended to use if shoes fit snug. Side note, they are not fast to dry. Overall great sock for single day treks!

  • 4 out of 5

    Style: KX

    comfy, but don't stay up very well

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    comfy, but don't stay up very well

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTH

    Great for long walks, hikes

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    Very, very comfortable. The somewhat looser fit around the ankle and calf helps circulation, and the padding is just right. For more serious hikes I prefer the heavier Thorlos, although they are not all that diferent. I have various foot problems, so I need to be really aggressive in my foot care, given that I am also a serious hiker. I got to the Thorlo site through some circuitious means, and am very happy I stumbled upon it. By the by, they look good enough to be fine for work. I plan on buying more for a hiking trip this Summer.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTHW

    Most comfortable socks I own!

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    I purchased these socks for an upcoming hike. I have been wearing them since they arrived.... and to break in my new hiking boots. They are wonderful. They fit like they were custom made for me, and they are a comfort from the moment I put them on. I have worn them all day, even in warm weather and I have been completely happy with their performance. I have complete confidence in these socks and am sure that they will protect my feet on my big hiking adventure.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    So far so good

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    I ordered these (5 pairs) when we were at our place in New Zealand. I've just returned to Canada and have worn them 3 times for golf. I do like how light they feel whilst still providing the padding on the balls and heels of the feet. I'm concerned that they may not stand up to the wear and tear of golfing or hiking on a daily basis. Time will tell. Cheers.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTH

    Very Comfortable

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    Since receiving the first pair I have bought more. These are very comfortable and do not burn you feet. THANKS BUNCHES!

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Thick n comfy

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    I wear these with my hiking boots an love them. Too hot for summer but perfect for all other seasons.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    These are great

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    I am a mailman, nd these are the best saocks I have ever worn. I used to get them at REI, but for some unknown reason they quit carrying them. My right leg swells, and the fact that the top portion is loose and doesn't squeeze my leg is very important. Please don't stop making them

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTHW

    Hiking Socks

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    After several hours of hiking my feet feel great!

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    I walk a lot

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    These are great socks! I walk 8-10 miles per day for exercise. Because of a foot/ankle problem, I wear hunting/tactical boots. These socks last for 2-3 years and then I reorder. I've worn them for over 10 years. Best socks ever.