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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Beyond Socks

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.


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: LTHW

    Great for walking/hiking

    07/30/16 | By

    Been wearing these socks for over 15 years. Have never had blisters or sore feet.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Great for Hiking

    07/29/16 | By

    Socks are thick but not heavy and breathe very well. The really good news about these socks is that I get to pay no attention to them when I do long 15+ mile hikes. With cool, dry feet I can pay attention to the great outdoors instead of hotspots on my feet.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Great socks

    07/28/16 | By

    I got theses sock to go rollerblading with my dog. I had to stop because of the friction between my old sock and the rollerblades. But now that I where a nylon sock under theses I have a great cushion and no friction and able to go further than I was going before. I looking forward to getting some for work, because I work 12 hour day on my feet and I think Thorlo socks will work great. If your feet happy, life is good. Thank you thorlo

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Safe my feet

    07/28/16 | By

    I love these socks, I can't wait to get more. I hot these to go rollerblading with my dog. My feet hurt so back, I had to stop going til I got these. I where a nylon sock underneath and now I have a cushion and no friction, which means no pain. I hope get more soon. I work 12 hours days on my feet all day and I think these will make a great addition to my work cloth. Because if your feet good, life is good. Thank you Thorlo, you help me out a lot.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    New favorite cycling socks

    07/24/16 | By

    These socks offer the best support without making me sweat. My cycling shoes are mesh so that I get proper ventaliation when I ride. These socks are to perfect companion. I get the padding on the balls of my feet and am still able to feel the breeze on long rides. I will recommend these to everyone who rides.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KLT

    When it's hot outside, these KLT are a wonderful alternative to the TKX.

    07/22/16 | By

    These socks are not as cushioned, or physically as massive and thick as the TKX but i must say that after 20 years of wearing nothing but TKX's I am really enjoying the degree of cushion and confidence these socks afford me. I have many foot issues, size differences requiring me to wear different sized socks but main issue is that i cannot the enclosure of a shoe due to neuropathic pain constantly shooting to both sides of my feet. So For colder climates and seasons the TKX will remain the comfort King. For summer and more moderate temps the KLT's are performing well beyond my expectation. Thanks to Thorlo, the only socks in this man's drawer and making it possible for me to live as functional, effective and active life as i do. Forever Thorlo, John Reiff Williams

  • 4 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Fine but aesthetically didn't like the colour

    07/22/16 | By

    Felt like my tennis thorlos

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    My go to socks!!

    07/21/16 | By

    At 74 my feet have been there done that! In buying more KX socks in recent sale I noticed that my sock drawer is 100% KX. My feet don't sweat or stink anymore. Whether slip on loafers or tennis/hiking shoes my feet are comfortably cushioned!!!

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTHW

    Great for everyday use

    07/20/16 | By

    Great comfort

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTH

    The best Socks on the Planet

    07/19/16 | By

    Been with Thorlo for yrs. Once you step away from cotton, you don't go back. SC