Beyond HIKING SOCKS

Engineered Foot Protection

Hiking Inside, Thorlo's wool hiking socks are the best socks for hiking
HIking Outside, Thorlo's wool hiking socks are the best socks for hiking
  • 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 THOR•WICK®COOL, 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, THOR•WICK®COOL) 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 THOR•WICK®COOL

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, THOR•WICK®COOL 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.

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“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

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    Best socks for tennis ever!

    07/01/16 | By

    My daughter is an avid tennis player. She swears by these socks. She has tried other brands, nothing compares to these

  • 1 out of 5

    Style: KXW

    Socks purchased

    07/01/16 | By

    No different that when I use regular socks. I was very disappointed when I used it as it did not do what it is supposed to do, I had sore heels and ball.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    Great for Cycling

    07/01/16 | By

    These are the best cycling socks I have tried. Padding on the ball of the foot and heel make them very comfortable while thinner material in other areas helps keep feet cool. Very well designed and constructed.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    Feel Good Footwear

    07/01/16 | By

    Just putting on these socks puts me in a good mood for a workout or for my day.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Socks are important to me

    07/01/16 | By

    I am insulin dependent and very careful about foot care. I have worn these socks almost exclusively for the past 5 or 6 years. I buy multiples of just two colors when they on sale which makes laundry sorting easy. The important thing, however, is the comfort and protection that these socks provide. As recommended, I wash them inside out to keep the plush padding fluffed up. I don't think you can overestimate the value of well engineered and made socks and these socks are excellent in every respect.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    Best socks for all tennis shoes!

    06/27/16 | By

    These socks are the most comfortable I've ever worn. They're cushiony yet not too thick, so they can go with any type of tennis shoe.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCXU

    Two Week Hiking Trip

    06/24/16 | By

    I purchased 3 pairs of the XCXU Experia sock for my Badlands, Rushmore, YellowStone, Tetons hiking trip. I wore the socks multiple times over the course of 2 weeks letting them dry out every evening. No blisters, no hot spots total comfort! The socks held up very well without washing and just rotating them every day. Each pair of socks has probably 50 miles on them and they still look good.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Unusual Preference

    06/24/16 | By

    This may be an unusual review. I have type 2 diabetes. With such an issue, one should not wear socks that are too tight that will restrict the flow of blood to the feet. I have been wearing these socks daily for 20 years. They are a perfect fit for me. They fit firmly around my feet, but are not too tight. Also, they are nice and warm, which is another requirement for diabetes, namely, keep your feet warm. I will wear this style forever.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTH

    Great hiking socks

    06/23/16 | By

    These socks are well-padded in the right places and very comfortable. I highly recommend them.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Best socks for hiking or everyday work.

    06/23/16 | By

    When I have the KX on my feet do not sweat, blister or chafe. I have bought several pairs over the years.