Your socks might very well be the most important thing on your body during a run, other than shoes. Here’s the socks that keep our DPMR board members happy!
Chris Cloyd: Darn Tough! No stitches/seams and they’ll replace any pair that gets a hole in ‘em. Sock warranties! Who knew.
Renee Elsdon Jacobs: I’ve got two! For typical Tahoe trail running, Lorpen T3 ultralight padded socks because they’re the right height, they feel supportive, they are more durable than most running socks, and they are comfortable – short term and long term. But when I’ve got a more serious adventure planned, and especially if there’s a lot of snow and water to contend with, I take not one but two pairs of Farm to Feet wool blend socks, like the Damascus 1/4 crew or Max Patch 3/4 crew (when I want extra height because of tall gaiters or something). They are the softest, most comfortable wool socks I’ve ever tried and keep my feet happy in all sorts of extreme conditions.
Jack Macy: First and foremost, it’s always crew-length socks for me. Too many unplanned bushwhacking adventures and rocks skipping up and hitting my malleolus bones (or just kicking myself!) to not have some protection. In cooler weather or longer distances, I like a bit thicker sock … my go-to this past year has been the Balega Blister Resist Crew Sock. For warmer days and/or shorter runs, I really like the thinner Smartwool PhD Pro Endurance Crew Sock — which comes in cool-looking prints and designed in conjunction with Rob Krar, so it’s gotta be good, right? 😉
Diane Frederic: Balega– although they don’t last very long. Darn Tough are great too and definitely live up to their name. I prefer a low-cut sock so these days I usually wear a gaiter which saves me from those annoying stop-and-clean-out-your-shoe moments.
Meggie Inouye: Darn Tough 1/4 Hiker Sock. Super comfy and they last forever and have a great warranty.
Carol Patterson: My favorites are medium weight “smart wool” Socks. They are comfortable and give me a little extra cushion while keeping my feet warm in winter and cool and dry in summer… unless I’m splashing through water. Even then, they seem to remain comfy through the end of my run. I just bought a new pair of “drymax” and am looking forward to trying them out!