Okay, so I am going to be truthful – socks for Christmas isn’t my first choice of exciting present, and let’s face it, we have all heard the moans about novelty socks. But for us outdoors types, actually, good socks are a great stocking filler (sorry) and worth spending a little more on.
This season, we have been wearing Heat Holders and Wigwam Hudson Bay socks.
Heat Holders are available just about everywhere these days, in a variety of colours. To my mind, these are perfect for home and in the caravan – they are thick and truly fluffy inside, and unless you have roomy boots, might just be a little on the hefty side for walking boots. The have a non slip grip, but really are incredible warm and comfortable, and wash really nicely as well. If you suffer with cold feet at night, these would be the perfect bed sock for chilly camping trips and winter caravan breaks. They do a thinner version for hiking which I haven’t tried yet, but if they are anywhere as good as these, they will be perfect.
The Wigwam socks are a different breed. Luxuriously soft, these are an acrylic blend with a touch of wool, and very stretchy. At mid calf height, and thinner than the Heat Holders, the Wigwam sock is ideal for inside boots, with no slippage and anti moisture / wicking properties. They also have an anti odour property, although this is slightly difficult for me to test, having happily non smelly feet, even after a days trek! These have also washed very well, as acrylic usually does and hold their shape nicely.
Last but not least are the Berghaus mid weight hiking socks, which are a staple and old favourite – again anti odour, but comfortable, warm, and not too thick for my boots. They have an ergonomic design – very technical for socks, but basically mean no slippage and less blisters, as well as extra heel cushioning to keep you comfy and avoid blisters.