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Teko Light Hiking (2014)

£14.00

Teko Light Hiking socks have a seamless toe zone, a well-padded sole and a foot arch brace for increased comfort, plus (according to Teko) they resist odour for at least five days of rigorous exercise. They’re also made from environmentally sustainable materials, thus reducing your carbon footprint (pardon the pun).    www.tekosocks.com

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Falke RU Stabilizing (2014)

£18.00

These technology-heavy socks are intentionally tight-fitting, with the resulting compression designed to increase ankle stability. They’re well-padded on the bottom and are specifically shaped for the left and the right foot, which provides extra comfort. Designed for runners, they’re equally effective for hillwalkers.   www.falke.com

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1000 Mile Ultra Performance (2014)

£9.50

Outrageously clever, 1000 Mile socks are laced with copper fibre technology, which is proven to combat bacteria and fungus, so they protect against odour and promote foot health. They feature Wool Ultra, which is warm, fast-drying and lightweight. They’re quite thin, but well-padded on the ankle and heel. www.1000mile.co.uk

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X-Socks Trekking Merino Light (2014)

£24.00

Insulation. Protection. Comfort. Ventilation. Moisture absorption. It’s all packed into these futuristic socks, designed for cooler temperatures. They’re not the thickest, but they feature toe protectors, ankle pads, stabilising rods, Achilles protectors, cooling channels and air-conditioning pads. www.x-socks.com

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Brasher Mountain Master (2014)

£30.00

Waterproof socks are still an acquired taste, but they’ve come a long way from the ‘bin bags on feet’ jobs of a few years ago. SealSkinz has an extensive range that now incorporates merino wool, as well as a breathable waterproof membrane. They still crunch a bit when you walk, but the important thing is they keep your feet dry! ...

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Wigwam Cypress (2014)

£13.00

Wigwam is an American company that specialises in socks for every kind of outdoor activity, in every colour you could dream of. The Cypress has a classic ‘ragg wool’ look and also features moisture control, odour management and blister-free technology. Thinner than most, but makes up for it in looks. www.wigwam.com

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Brasher Mountain Master (2014)

£17.00

Described by Brasher as being ‘perfect from the Himalayas to winter in the Lake District’, there’s very little to dislike about these Merino Wool Ultra socks. They’re warm, comfortable, do a great job of wicking moisture away from your feet and are extremely thick. Perfect for using on long, cold mountain days. www.brasher.co.uk

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Bridgedale MerinoFusion Trail (2014)

£15.00

Best suited for walking in warmer conditions, the classic Bridgedale Trail has a clever mixture of thick underfoot padding with thin mesh material above, which allows the top of your foot to breathe. They also come with a three-year guarantee, so you’ll get plenty of great mountain adventures out of them. www.bridgedale.com

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Smartwool Outdoor Light Micro (2014)

£15.00

These lightweight socks come to just above your ankle, making them perfect for a wide range of activities such as walking, running and mountain biking. The heel and toe both benefit from extra padding that offers excellent levels of comfort and protection, so if you can live with the low ankle design, you’ll love them.   www.smartwool.com

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Lorpen Midweight Hiker (2013)

£16.00

Robust and supportive while not as finely woven as some options, Lorpen’s use of PrimaLoft Eco polyester (Lorpen is known for its polar socks) and 25 per cent merino wool in its Midweight Hiker sock is a quality combination. The Tri-Layer construction has a sound logic: synthetic next to the skin for wicking, natural in the middle to absorb and ...

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Smartwool Outdoor (2013)

£19.00

Nothing feels quite as luxurious as new woolly socks, and no wool feels quite as good as that from merino sheep. Part of SmartWool’s PhD (geddit?) range, these socks are naturally odour-resistant and high-wicking – helped by the looped-thread lining – as well as being warm and supremely comfortable, making them just the job for long, multi-day walks when a ...

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Falke TK2 (2013)

£15.00

‘Engineered’ isn’t a word you’d readily associate with socks, but then the Falke TK2s are German. Made of a highly wicking, quick-drying combination of fabrics – featuring 22 per cent wool and integrated silver elements to reduce odour – the TK2 is a thinner sock than many, but it’s warm without being clammy and it’s impressively durable, especially for the ...

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Point6 Hiking Tech (2013)

£20.00

A company started by experts in yarn, Point6 guarantees the Hiking Tech socks to be ‘the best wool socks ever’– a bold claim that originates from the fine spinning process, which helps avoid bobbling and other signs of micro-wear, making them particularly durable. They’re highly elastic, which improves fit and wicking, and also helps to regulate temperature. www.point6.com  Review by ...

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X-Socks Trekking Outdoor (2013)

£13.00

X-Socks makes high-spec socks catering for just about everything that might make you sweat. Using a variety of synthetic materials they come in a variety of lengths – including this ‘crew’ variety, which is ideal for wearing with trail shoes. The Trekking Outdoor is padded for an anatomical, comfort-giving fit that aids wicking and keeps your feet padded and cool, ...

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1000 Mile Ultimate Heavyweight (2013)

£15.00

So confident is 1000 Mile in its system – two layers: a synthetic inner which moves with your foot and a wool outer which moves with the boot – that the company offers a money-back guarantee if you get blisters or the socks wear out. It’s an impressive idea, and the 1000 Mile Ultimate Heavyweight is certainly different to others ...

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Extremities Light Hiker (2013)

£18.00

Extremities are experts in, well, the extremities – so it goes to figure that their socks should be excellent. Probably the most comfortable socks here, the Light Hikers are made from 25 per cent wool and 42 per cent Coolmax polyester among other principally stretchy things, though on inspection you’d be forgiven for thinking they were pure wool. A light, ...

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Bridgedale Trekker (2013)

£15.00

The WoolFusion model is in a range that includes MerinoFusion and CoolFusion, and these UK-made socks are designed to give the best of both worlds: the comfort and natural low odour of wool combined with the durability, wickability and affordability of synthetics. The result is an ideal general walking sock of high quality that won’t break the bank. www.bridgedale.co.uk Review ...

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SealSkinz Walking Sock (2013)

£28.00

SealSkinz waterproof socks have come a long way. Out is the stiff, slightly latex-y feel, and in is merino wool, an ergonomic fit and a much more agreeable-feeling fabric. The SealSkinz Walking Sock is still very different to the others we looked at, but then it is waterproof, so that’s to be expected. It’s also pretty breathable, and may be ...

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Brasher Hillwalker (2013)

£11.00

The Brasher Hillwalker is a thinner synthetic sock for lighter walking or for those who don’t like the thicker feel of wool. UK-made from Coolmax polyester and nylon, they aren’t as odour-resistant as wool equivalents and can feel on the warm side, but they’re not bad in either respect – especially given the price, which is pretty good for a ...

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Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal 2011

£45.00

The Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal has been developed with the National Trust. According to the manufacturers its environmental impact has been considered in its production, which results in the sole using recycled rubber content. The sole offers a good degree of stiffness and cushioning, which makes these comfy to wear on a variety of terrain. There’s also a pronounced ...

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Regatta Ad-Trek 2011

£40.00

A new sandal for this spring, the Regatta Ad-Trek is a very practical design coupled with some modern styling. So you get an upper that is water-resistant to ensure it is fast-drying. The straps are Velcro, making them quick and easy to use, and there are three adjustment points so a reasonable fit should be easily achieved. The straps are ...

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New Balance 573 2011

£45.00

The New Balance 573 weighs 612g (pair, size 8½); mesh upper extremely breathable; good flex for running; supportive heel cup; outsole has a good lug pattern for general running on trails. But as a non-waterproof running shoe it is not so good for valley walking and keeping feet dry; sole stiffness not ideal for walking, scrambling or biking; not as ...

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Columbia Youth Switchback Mid 2 Omni-Tech 2011

£48.00

The Columbia Youth Switchback Mid 2 Omni-Tech’s low-cut ankle cuff ensures comfort from the box while an Omni-Tech waterproof lining keeps the feet dry. There is good protection at the toe as well. Underfoot there is a reasonable pattern of lugs for grip and some reasonable stiffness for taking the stress out of uneven terrain. But there is no heel ...

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Peter Storm Coleburn 2011

£30.00

The Peter Storm Coleburn is a very low-priced boot with a low ankle cuff to provide comfort straight from the box. The upper has a waterproof lining to keep feet dry, plus panels of suede to increase durability. Underfoot the lugs are widely spaced to prevent clogging. But there is very little stiffness in the Peter Storm Coleburn’s sole or ...

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Regatta Guideway Mid 2011

£40.00

The Regatta Guideway Mid is a very good low-priced boot with a mid-cut ankle cuff and a waterproof lining that is good for general outdoor use. The upper has plenty of leather to protect the mesh for greater durability. There is decent stiffness in the ankle area and sole too. The lugs are reasonably aggressive for grip in mud. But ...

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