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I am reviewing Darn Tough and Teko socks, which I used on my 1,200 mile Land’s End to John O’Groats and 3 Peaks walk.

During the walk I alternated the socks and rinsed them daily, allowing them to dry hanging on my pack. I was walking for 62 days and camped wild most nights, so I was not able to machine wash the socks. They were mainly rinsed in rivers or public toilet sinks using soap leaves. I was wearing a pair of light weight walking boots: the Inov-8 Roclite 345.

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Teko Hiking Socks

The Teko socks were good and lasted well, but after they had done around 400 miles they felt a little rough underneath so I binned them. I purchased a pair of Bridgedale Hikers instead, but these were looking and feeling rough within a few hundred miles.

Darn Tough Hiking Boot Socks

The Darn Tough socks were by far the best socks I have ever used. I walked about 600 miles in them and as long as they are rinsed out regularly they felt soft and comfortable. I have washed them twice at home and will happily wear them on another walk, they still feel and look in really good condition.

General thoughts on socks and long distance walking 

The socks with merino wool in felt better when wet than the synthetic socks and I didn’t notice a difference in drying times.

After a long day’s walking, all the socks smelt really bad, but by morning, the socks with a high merino wool content seemed to smell less than the others.

I think my Inov-8 Roclite 345 boots staying so smooth inside are the reason the socks lasted so long. I normally wear liner socks to help stop blisters, but the boots were so good that the liner socks were not really needed.

On long distance walks I find my feet spread, so I have to wear a bigger size boot than I would usually.

I will definitely take Darn Tough socks on any future long distance walk that I do; I am seriously impressed with them.

Read my latest long distance walk where I tested the EDZ socks The Sottish National Trail.

Inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX graphene


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