Different schools of thought on
this. Some prefer one pair and some a thin base pair as well in the belief
that it prevents blisters and aids cushioning. If going for option 2, the base pair need to be
seam free. The thickness of the socks obviously has a bearing too.
Modern socks are usually made of
a synthetic looped pile material.
The outer (or only pair) should
have heel/toe padding incorporated. Knee length socks will keep you warmer
in winter and protect from chafing which might occur if you wear gaiters.
It is customary to wear knee
length socks outside the trousers. This prevents draughts, entry of ticks
(see Safety Page) and on a simply practical level, keeps the bottoms of your
My personal preference is for two pairs in
winter with leather boots and one pair in summer with fabric boots.
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Store to buy hiking socks.
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