Hiking Socks


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.

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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

  • 2 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    No matter what size you get, these slide down your heel. Don't bother.

    10/14/18 | By

    Though I have had very good luck with a number of Thorlo socks, and I really appreciate the colors of these "XCCU" socks, they slide down my heels. I've tried multiple pairs in three different sizes, with four different running shoes, and ALL OF THEM slide down my heels! EVERY SINGLE PAIR! I don't know what's wrong with these socks. I don't know if it's an elasticity issue or what, but they just don't work. I wear about a size 10.5 running shoe. I have tried these in the sizes that are marked on the socks as 11, 12, and 13. With most other socks, I've used a slightly small size, so that's why I started with the size 11 ones. Admittedly, Thorlo lists that as a bit small, so I ordered the ones marked size 12, which are supposedly the correct size for my feet. But, no dice. They slid down my heels within minutes. So... I then ordered them in the size that has a 13 stitched into them, above the toes. They're just a bit better, but a bit bulky in my shoes, as they're really otherwise too big for my feet. I just can't win with these. So, now, I have about ten pairs of these and not one of them is really wearable. Maybe your feet/ankles aren't shaped like mine. I weigh 155 lbs am 5', 10" tall and have what I think look like pretty normal men's ankles, and run about 20 miles a week in size 10.5 Mizuno Wave Prophecy or various very squishy Nikes, also at size 10.5. Sadly, these are a complete failure for me. (I'm going to rate Thorlos, in general, higher that I would just for this particular sock, because many of their other socks are quite good. But, this sock would get a zero!)

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: OTXU

    good Stuff

    10/11/18 | By

    Even better than all the other Thorlo socks I have.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    I only sock I wear know

    10/05/18 | By

    Excellent sock if you have any kind of foot pain. To me it is like wearing a comforter on your feet !!!

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: XCCU

    Great socks for tennis!

    10/04/18 | By

    My feet have padding where I need it. Great socks from a great company.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: TRHXM

    Long time user

    10/04/18 | By

    I've worn Thorlo's for over 35 years and although my needs have changed over the years I've always been satisfied with the quality and durability.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Not a runner but wear these 100%

    10/03/18 | By

    Great, cushioned, they stay up and seem to wear forever

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: TRHXW

    everyday in sneakers for work

    09/30/18 | By

    cushioned and protected

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KXW

    Best socks ever.

    09/30/18 | By

    I have been wearing these socks for years will not wear anything else. Some people may say they are expense however they don't wear out in a couple of months you take care of them and they will take care of you. Well worth the price. I have no problems with my feet and wearing the thick padding I'm sure has helped with that over the years. I have worked in factories which had concrete floors and my feet still held up... They are also made in the USA which that in itself is a plus. Thank you Thorlos...

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: KX

    Great sock for foot pain.

    09/30/18 | By

    I have worn Thorlo socks for over a decade, every pair of socks has been of the highest quality and very long wearing. You need to turn the socks inside out and use liquid fabric softener, however you will be rewarded for this small step. I originally purchased Thorlo's to help cushion my Firefighting work boots do to having hard puncture resistant soles which left boots hard and uncomfortable. I then started wearing for running and now they are my daily use sock. I am experiencing foot pain do to the beginning of a bunion. I would highly recommend Thorlo products for anyone having foot pain. I can now work out again!

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: LTHMXW

    Absolutely the best for hiking!`

    09/29/18 | By

    Socks are comfortable, cool, and took me up and down the trails last week on the Blue Mountains of Virginia...I was happy to have them on my feet.