At OutdoorGear we've spent years developing our range of walking socks to offer the right sock for the right conditions. We've selected only the top brands and socks that we personally wear and trust.
We've been putting a range of socks through their paces to ensure that we offer only the highest performance footwear to our customers. Discover more about our chosen brands and the reasons we stock their socks…
Everyone at OutdoorGear has got at least one pair of Bridegedale's in their sock drawer and they are a real favourite with our customers too. Many walkers keep coming back for their reliable Bridgedale socks!
Bridgedale is based near Belfast in Northern Ireland and has been knitting socks there since WWI. They are now the global market leader for their range of technical socks, still making most of their socks here in the UK.
One of the reasons that we love Bridgedale is that they stay right at the forefront of new technology. Their CoolFusion, WoolFusion and MerinoFusion are great examples of technical socks. Each of these designs is made using highly wicking manmade fibres wrapped around individual strands of wool.
After several expeditions and trips through the washing machine, our Bridgedale socks are still performing brilliantly. They are comfortable, highly cushioning and, importantly, they stay put. No matter the length of hike we've been challenging them with, our Bridgedale socks don't slip or wrinkle.
Why not grab a pair and put them through their paces yourself? We'd love to hear what you think of these popular walking socks.
Darn Tough's high quality socks have made it to the UK and we couldn't be happier! These incredibly comfortable, extremely hardwearing walking socks have caused real excitement in the outdoor trade, not least because of their unconditional lifetime guarantee…
Darn Tough, based in Vermont, USA, has been run by the Cabot family for 3 generations. They've packed years of experience and expertise into their socks, offering some seriously impressive features including high density knitting and a super-tailored fit.
There was great excitement at HQ when the Darn Tough samples arrived and they have quickly become the absolute favourite socks at OutdoorGear. They feature a higher thread count than we have ever come across in sock-wear and are incredibly comfortable because of it.
Our Darn Toughs have immediately become the preferred socks when off on a hike, or even just popping to the shops. They are as good-as-new after several washes, are cushioning, close-fitting, warm and dry.
To add to the list of bonus features of this brand, Darn Tough make their socks look funky too. The tasteful but bold designs really stand out when you're rummaging in your sock drawer or rucksack and look great when on your feet. Who said socks have to be boring?
Once you try a pair of Darn Tough socks, you'll never want to wear any other sock again and, with their unconditional lifetime guarantee, you won't have to! Darn Tough are so confident in the quality of their walking socks that they'll replace your socks if you ever wear them out.
Why not take them up on the challenge and see if you agree with us that these socks are something really special?
If you suffer from blisters, 1000 Mile are the brand you've been looking for. When customers call for advice on walking socks, saying that they are prone to blisters and are fed up with plasters, we always recommend this great brand and their socks unlike any others.
This innovative company have been honing their speciality socks and building a loyal fan-base for over 20 years.
Blisters occur when the fabric of your sock rubs against your skin. To combat this, 1000 Mile make use of a double layer system.
The popular 1000 Mile Liner Socks are worn underneath another pair of socks. This thin inner liner stays close to your skin so that if the outer sock moves around during walking, it rubs against the inner fabric and not your foot.
All 1000 Mile double layer socks make use of the same liner system…integrated into a single sock. They feature an in-built inner layer and an outer layer that moves with your shoe. No friction against your skin means no nasty blisters.
All of 1000 Mile's double layer socks are backed by a 'Blister Free Guarantee'. They will replace or refund your double layer socks if you get any blisters or your socks wear out within one year of the purchase date.
1000 Mile socks have transformed walking for people who suffer from blisters and we've found that they make for great everyday socks too!
OutdoorGear has been friends of Russel J Brown, Co-founder of Horizon, since before Horizon began! When the Horizon sock brand launched in 1999, we knew that the quality would be excellent and were immediately proved correct.
Dorset-based Horizon is owned and run by outdoor enthusiasts and this can really be seen in the design of their products. They stay right at the forefront of yarns, machinery and styles in the world of socks.
When Horizon started out, they were quickly recognised as a name to trust and teamed up with several established brands. Many collaborations are still going strong and Horizon also makes socks for brands including Salomon, Nordica, K2 and Crocs.
Horizon are ever at the forefront of innovative design and we are particularly excited about their latest Merino Wool/PrimaLoft socks. This range is soft, warm and comfortable, benefitting from the technical properties of two great yarns.
Managing Director's Choice
Falke trekking socks are incredibly comfortable and well designed. The Managing Director of OutdoorGear keeps his sock drawer well stocked with Falke's, ready for his many expeditions and adventures.
The Falke group was founded in 1895 and is currently run by the 4th generation of the family. They specialise in highly technical clothing, with a flair for seriously impressive socks.
At OutdoorGear, we're all Falke fans, none more so than our Managing Director. These socks are comfortable with a soft, close fit which avoids wrinkles. The high quality technical fibres make them warm and wicking - simply perfect for activities outdoors.
Falke pay close attention to detail, adding cushioning in key areas and grip in others. This results in maximum comfort and a perfect fit. Another major plus is that they last really well. Wash after wash, they come out as good as new and ready for the next expedition.
When you're out and about there is little more important than comfortable feet. If you decide that you love Falke walking socks as much as we do, why not give their skiing socks a try? Your feet will thank you for it when you hit the ski bar after a hard day on the slopes.
Brasher may be best known for their walking boots but their walking socks are certainly highly regarded in the outdoor community too.
Chris Brasher developed his revolutionary walking boots in the late 1970s and so the Brasher brand was born. Brasher boots have been worn by generations of hikers, loved for their comfort that lasts all day long.
It comes as no real surprise then, that Brasher put their same expertise into their whole range and their walking socks are firm favourites of outdoor enthusiasts. We've been wearing Brasher socks for years and would certainly recommend them as great all-round walking socks. They're comfortable and close fitting, warm while not clammy and last for ages! No matter how many times they go through the washing machine they just keep going.
Grab a pair while you can!
Berghaus, the owners of Brasher, have decided to rebrand many of Brasher's established products. Some lines will continue under the Berghaus name but we don't know about the highly popular Brasher walking socks at this stage.
Our tip from the inside would be to grab a pair while you can!
We couldn't talk about walking footwear without giving a special mention to waterproof socks. Increasingly popular with outdoor-lovers, waterproof socks come in handy surprisingly often! Ideal for hiking, dog walking, cycling, fishing, sailing…or any time you want to keep your feet warm and dry, try a pair of Sealskinz or Dexshell socks.
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