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Best Coolmax Socks Reviewed & Compared

last updated Mar 13, 2019
Coolmax is a name you see a lot when it comes to activewear, but most people don't know what it actually is. Much like Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric, Coolmax is a proprietary blend of fibers designed to wick moisture away from the skin. It was created by Dupont in 1986. The trademarked name can be spotted in a wide variety of well-known activewear and outdoor brands such as Buff, New Balance, Fox River.

Unlike most fibers, these synthetic polyester fibers are slightly oblong rather than round. Small ridges that run along the side of each fiber form channels when the fibers are placed side by side. These channels allow moisture to be drawn away from the skin through capillary action. Once the moisture reaches the surface of the fabric it can more easily evaporate, keeping you cool and dry through your workout.

Lots of different companies use Coolmax fabric to make socks, and we've searched through them all to bring you the best of the best, so your feet can stay dry, no matter what you're doing.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 19 hrs of research

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Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew
93.4/100 our score
Materials
93
Breathability
95
Comfort
94
Durability
92
Value
93
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew
Why is it better?

Standalone hiking socks

No liners required

Durable design

Cushioned footbed

Smooth and seamless

No bunching or blisters

Effectively wicks moisture

Ideal for hot-weather hiking

In a Hurry? Editors choice:
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew
Test Winner: Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew
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Today we rewrote the criteria section to bring you more information about what to expect from the socks on this list as well as how to choose the right pair for you. Spending a lot of time focusing on what socks you're going to wear may seem silly, but they're actually one of the most essential pieces of gear an athlete can have. Read on below to learn why...

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93.4
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94%
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89.6
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90%
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85%
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93%
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85%
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95%
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87.2
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95%
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96%
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92%
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85.2
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87%
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91%
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88%
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90%
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70%
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83.4
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88%
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83%
Durability
86%
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78%
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81.6
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92%
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92%
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90%
Durability
49%
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85%
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80
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85%
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85%
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80%
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75%
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75%
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77.2
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85%
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65%
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84%
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72%
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80%
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74.8
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90%
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90%
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84%
Durability
30%
Value
80%
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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew
  • Injinji Run 2.0 Lightweight No Show
  • New Balance Technical Elite Quarter
  • Wigwam Liner
  • Injinji Run Lightweight No Show Xtra
  • Darn Tough Vertex No Show Tab
  • Fox River Liner
  • Thirty-48 Running
  • Darn Tough Full Cushion Boot
  • Bridgedale Ultralight Coolmax Liner Socks
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Best Coolmax Socks

1. Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.4
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew
Materials
93
Breathability
95
Comfort
94
Durability
92
Value
93
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Pros:

Standalone hiking socks

No liners required

Durable design

Cushioned footbed

Smooth and seamless

No bunching or blisters

Effectively wicks moisture

Ideal for hot-weather hiking

Cons:

Pricey

Not very warm

These cushioned crew socks are Coolmax hiking or trail running. The combination of a padded footbed and moisture-wicking coolmax fabric means they can be comfortable on their own and do not require an additional liner. The fitted, seamless design provides maximum comfort that will not bunch or cause blisters. These socks are lightweight and ideal for hot weather hiking. They do not add much warmth for winter sports.

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Materials

Fine gauge knitting of 37% Nylon, 34% Coolmax Polyester, 26% Acrylic, 2% Lycra Spandex and 1% Other fiber gives these socks a soft, “barely-there” feel.” Seamless design provides a smooth surface for the whole foot and does not create any hot spots for blisters. Some cushioning through the footbed adds comfort making these suitable for standalone hiking socks.

Breathability

These lightweight socks are ideal for hot-weather hiking as they do not add much warmth to your feet and are very breathable.

Effectiveness

The streamlined design stays snug to the feet with no excess fabric to cause bunching during a hike. Users report great moisture-wicking performance and no blisters after miles of hiking. A few users do choose to wear liners under these socks but most find that the moisture wicking properties are sufficient to avoid necessitating liners.

Style

These classic-looking hiking socks are available in gray and olive colors that will hide dirt and stains from the trail nicely. A small red or orange mountain decal on the ankle will stand out over hiking boots.

Value

At around 20 dollars a pair, these socks are certainly not cheap. However, Darn Tough’s durable fabrication and that these socks do not require liners may make the price more justifiable in the long run.

2. Injinji Run 2.0 Lightweight No Show

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91.4
Injinji Run 2.0 Lightweight No Show
Materials
90
Breathability
94
Comfort
90
Durability
93
Value
90
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Pros:

Toe sock design reduces toe blisters

Thin, breathable material

55% Coolmax wicks moisture

Arch compression

Anatomical fit

Cons:

No underfoot cushioning

Too thin for some

The Injiniji 2.0 toe socks offer lightweight, moisture-wicking comfort for runners. The unique design helps to reduce friction and prevent blisters from developing between toes. Anatomical right-left design and compressive fit provide comfortable support and good flexibility during your run. Some runners do find these a bit too thin and feel they lack cushioning in the footbed.

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Materials

55% of the fabric blend is Coolmax polyester with an additional 40% nylon and 5% lycra. The 5% lycra provides an added stretch and compressive support through the arch. The no-show design with the ankle tab fits into most running shoes perfectly and stays in place during your run.

Breathability

These ultra-thin socks are highly breathable and add very little warmth with ventilated upper panels to enhance breathability. With over half of their composition being Coolmax, they wick moisture away very effectively to keep feet cool and dry.

Effectiveness

These socks deliver on all their promises. Users find they wick moisture very effectively and the thin fabric and mesh panels make for a very breathable design. Runners who are new to the toe sock design seem to be instantly converted and stock up on multiple pairs to reduce blisters.

Style

The toe sock design is certainly unconventional. Injijinji offers options in bold colors or soft neutrals to more or less attention to the odd-looking separated toe design.

Value

These socks typically range between 10 and 15 dollars per pair. This price range is pretty standard for good running socks and many people choose to invest in a value pack.

3. New Balance Technical Elite Quarter

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
New Balance Technical Elite Quarter
Materials
90
Breathability
85
Comfort
93
Durability
85
Value
95
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Pros:

Comfortable cushioning

70% Coolmax

Effective moisture wicking

Anatomical design

Arch support

Durable

Cons:

Thicker material may be a bit warm

The Technical Elite Quarter sock from New Balance has 70% Coolmax fibers to effectively wick moisture while maintaining a plush and well-cushioned comfort. The anatomical right-left design and deep heel pocket cradles the foot and provides secure support. These socks are more comfortable than the ultra thin liners but may also be a little warmer on feet that are prone to overheating.

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Materials

With 70% Coolmax Polyester, 17% Polyester, 11% Nylon and 2% Lycra Spandex these socks do their job in wicking moisture away from skin. A deep Y seam in the heel cradles the foot while the anatomical right-left design and arch support provides contoured comfort. The quarter cut rises well above the ankle and is visible in most running shoes.

Breathability

These socks do wick moisture very well but some users still find the material a bit too thick and warm for feet prone to overheating.

Effectiveness

These socks offer immediate comfort, ample padding and effective moisture wicking for most users. The anatomical design and deep heel pocket makes the foot feel secure and supported without sacrificing anything inflexibility.

Style

Understated white and gray options do not draw much attention to your feet. The quarter ankle cut is visible over most gym shoes and features a light New Balance logo.

Value

These socks vary in price but can typically be found for around 15 dollars. Users find they hold up surprisingly well to frequent machine washing and the reinforced toe and heel enhances their durability.

4. Wigwam Liner

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.2
Wigwam Liner
Materials
93
Breathability
95
Comfort
96
Durability
60
Value
92
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Pros:

Durable

Retains shape well through multiple uses

Wick moisture

Reduce blisters

Smooth design

Cons:

Must be air dried

These Coolmax liners from Wigwam are an easy addition to any hiking sock. They are lightweight and add little bulk but effectively wick moisture away from feet to avoid blisters. These socks dry quickly and retain their shape well so they are the perfect companion for a multi-day backpacking trip.

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Materials

These liners are made of a blend of 60% Coolmax® polyester, 35% stretch nylon, and 5% spandex. The design is simplistic with no added cushioning or compression. The smooth construction fits seamlessly under other hiking socks to keep feet dry and blister-free.

Breathability

These sock liners are a bit thinner than your standard athletic socks. They do not retain much heat and they wick moisture away effectively.

Effectiveness

These solid liners perform reliably under hiking socks. They wick sweat away from feet without adding any bulk to your footwear. Users find they do get fewer blisters when using these liners. They are slightly thicker than your standard liner and can be worn comfortably on their own for casual wear. The higher percentage of spandex in these socks help them retain their shape so they can be worn multiple times on one backpacking trip.

Style

These hiking liners are intended to be worn under other socks and have no design elements of their own. The plain white sock is classic but may pick up stains from dirt and sweat.

Value

These socks may range in price but are typically around 10 dollars. They are very durable and users find they resist tears and hold their shape for years. Unfortunately, Wigwam recommends air drying these socks which is not ideal for some.

5. Injinji Run Lightweight No Show Xtra

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.2
Injinji Run Lightweight No Show Xtra
Materials
87
Breathability
91
Comfort
88
Durability
90
Value
70
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Pros:

Toe sock design reduces toe blisters

Good stretch

Arch compression

Lightweight

Available in fun patterns

Moisture-wicking

Cons:

Toe glove fit is not for everyone

The toe sock design may look a bit odd but the toe separation and moisture wicking properties drastically reduce friction and hot spots between the toes. Many runners swear by these fun-looking socks for long runs. The female-specific fit provides nice arch compression for most but some women find it a bit too narrow and constricting.

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Materials

With a fabric blend consisting of 63% Nylon, 32% Coolmax, and 5% Lycra these socks wick moisture well and have a nice stretch. Injinji designed these socks with a two-way stretch that is designed to conform comfortably to a woman’s foot. The narrower silhouette and two-way stretch provide some compression and support around the arch to allow for natural movement. The 5-toe design also keeps toes from rubbing, eliminating hot spots.

Breathability

These lightweight socks do not add warmth to your running shoe. The combination of nylon and Coolmax fibers is very breathable however and keeps feet dry and cool.

Effectiveness

These toe socks seem to be the perfect solution for runners who are plagued by blisters between their toes. The moisture-wicking properties and toe separation keeps feet dry and reduces friction and hotspots. Some women do find the narrow design to be a bit too constricting and prefer the fit of the men’s design.

Style

These unique looking toe socks from Injinjii are designed with fun and vibrant colors and patterns to celebrate the weird style.

Value

These socks range widely in price based on style. Beginning at around 12 dollars a pair, they are not cheap but the unique toe sock design and fun patterns may make these your favorite socks.

6. Darn Tough Vertex No Show Tab

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.4
Darn Tough Vertex No Show Tab
Materials
82
Breathability
88
Comfort
83
Durability
86
Value
78
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Pros:

Effective moisture wicking

Good fit

No bunching or blisters

No show design

Ankle tab keeps socks in place

Durable

Ultra lightweight

Cons:

Expensive

No cushioning

These ultralight running socks from Darn Tough offer effective moisture-wicking properties and a comfortable, streamlined fit. The Vertex No Show keeps feet cool and dry while hiking or running and the ankle tab prevents socks from slipping. On the downside, these socks are a bit pricey and do not offer much in the way of cushioning.

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Materials

These socks are fabricated from 42% Coolmax® Polyester, 52% Nylon, and 6% Lycra® Spandex. Darn tough uses True Seamless technology to fuse seams so they are undetectable and feel smooth throughout. The performance fit stretches over the foot leaving no excess fabric for slipping or bunching. The no-show silhouette and ankle tab keep socks in place in any running shoe.

Breathability

These ultra-lightweight socks weigh in at just 13 grams and are designed for warm weather running. The moisture-wicking technology and mesh paneling keep feet cool when the temperature is high.

Effectiveness

Runners and hikers love these socks and find they are comfortable and wick away moisture effectively. Diverging from the typical one-size-fits-all design these socks are available in a few different sizes allowing for a more streamlined and customized fit.

Style

These no show running socks are available in white or 3 bold colors.

Value

Every runner knows that having a good-fitting pair of moisture-wicking socks is essential for long runs. At just over 15 dollars a pair, these lightweight, high-performance socks could be just that. Despite the ultra lightweight, these socks are highly durable and will resist holes and tears.

7. Fox River Liner

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.6
Fox River Liner
Materials
92
Breathability
92
Comfort
90
Durability
49
Value
85
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Pros:

Great hiking liners

Moisture wicking

Thin, breathable material

Dry Quickly

Cons:

Cannot be worn on their own

Don’t have much shape of their own

Made mostly from CoolMax fibers, these hiking liners are very effective at moving moisture away from your feet. They are made of thin material that, when sized properly, are just tight enough to stay in place but never feel constricting.

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Materials

With 93% CoolMax® polyester and just 6% nylon and 1% spandex, these socks from Fox River have the most CoolMax content by far of any product on our list. They rise to the mid-calf and have a comfortable ribbed cuff to keep them in place under your hiking socks.

Breathability

These ultra-thin liners are very breathable and do not add much warmth or weight to your feet.

Effectiveness

These liners perform really well on backpacking trips. Users report taking one pair for a multi-day trip and finding that they dry quickly and prevent blisters effectively. They are easy to pull on and are tight enough to stay in place without being too constrictive.

Style

These plain white liners do not have much style to them as they are intended to be worn under other hiking socks.

Value

These liners run just under 10 dollars. They are a good value for a reliable hiking liner to help you prevent blisters and keep feet dry on strenuous hikes.

8. Thirty-48 Running

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Thirty-48 Running
Materials
85
Breathability
85
Comfort
80
Durability
75
Value
75
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Pros:

Available in multiple colors and value packs

Good cushioning

Wicks away moisture

Ankle tab keeps socks in place

Comfortable fit

Some arch support

Cons:

Expensive

Could be more supportive

This is a great moisture-wicking running sock for those seeking a bit more cushioning and a bit less compression. Added padding around some high-friction areas helps reduce the chance of blisters. There is a slight hugging compression around the arch and heel but it does not provide a significant squeeze. Most runners find these to be a good comfortable option but they do not replace high-performance running socks.

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Materials

These socks are constructed with a blend of 33% Coolmax, 27% cotton, 30% nylon, 8% polyester, and 2% lycra. They have a low cut with a cushioned cuff with a heel tab for a comfortable fit that will not slip off with any running shoe. Added padding on friction-prone areas such as the metatarsal, Achilles and heel provide added blister protection, durability, and comfort.

Breathability

Thirty-48’s CatalystAF design enhances airflow within the fabric to make these socks feel more breathable. Coolmax fabric wicks moisture away to keep feet feeling cool and dry.

Effectiveness

These socks are great when it comes to padding and breathability. They keep feet feeling fresh and provide additional protection for high-impact areas. There is some support from the elastic panels but some runners wish that the compression was a bit more significant.

Style

These no-show running socks are available in neutral gray and white with bright accent colors.

Value

Price on these socks ranges but is around 15 dollars a pair. While this is pretty standard for specialized running socks, some runners do wish there was just a bit more support.

9. Darn Tough Full Cushion Boot

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77.2
Darn Tough Full Cushion Boot
Materials
85
Breathability
65
Comfort
84
Durability
72
Value
80
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Pros:

69% Coolmax fibers

Highly Durable

Cushioning throughout

Moisture wicking

Comfortable fit

No bunching or blisters

Good warmth

Cons:

Expensive

May be too warm for hot weather hiking

Heavier weight

These Darn Tough socks offer comfortable cushioning and durable design without sacrificing their moisture-wicking properties. These thick socks keep feet dry, warm and blister-free. Some users prefer to wear them with liners but most find that the high percentage of Coolmax fibers wicks moisture well enough to be worn on their own.

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Materials

With 69% Coolmax® Polyester as well as 28% Nylon and 3% Lycra® Spandex, these socks offer superior moisture-wicking performance. The full cushioned design places high density cushioning throughout the entire sock for comfort throughout. This hiking sock hits at the mid-calf and works well with most hiking boots.

Breathability

The cushioning throughout provides solid warmth for these boot socks. They are not quite as warm as wool but the moisture-wicking properties of the Coolmax fibers keep feet dry and comfortable.

Effectiveness

These thick and durable socks are great for hiking and workwear. The Coolmax fibers negate the need for liners although some users still prefer to add that extra layer. Users report socks to stay in place well during hikes and do not seem to slip, bunch or cause blisters.

Style

These mid-calf boot socks are available in a few brightly colored options that will peak out over the tops of boots.

Value

These socks range in price but are typically between 18 and 24 dollars. The price is a bit steep for one pair of socks but users find they are highly durable and are reassured by the lifetime warranty provided by Darn Tough.

10. Bridgedale Ultralight Coolmax Liner Socks

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
74.8
Bridgedale Ultralight Coolmax Liner Socks
Materials
90
Breathability
90
Comfort
84
Durability
30
Value
80
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Pros:

One-year guarantee

Thin, lightweight and breathable

Can be worn under other socks or by themselves

Simple but attractive design

High-quality and high-performance fabrics

Great moisture wicking

Cons:

Over the calf fit may not be great for warmer weather

The Bridgedale Coolmax Liner Socks are made with a well-balanced blend of high-quality fibers making them a versatile choice for athletes of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for a warm-weather option or something to pad out your favorite hiking socks, these liner socks have got you covered.

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Materials

The Coolmax make-up of these liner socks sits at just a little over half with a touch of LYCRA at 57% and 4% respectively. Nylon makes up 20% of the construction, and Endurofil fills out the remaining 19%. The Endurofil is an impressive, high-quality thermal yarn combination of Morino wool and Enduro-wool which is ultra durable and will stand up to wear and tear as well as frequent washing.

Breathability

By themselves, these socks wouldn’t provide much insulation. They are ultra-thin and breathable, however, which makes them ideal for wearing under a hiking sock or for wearing on their own in warmer weather. They are definitely a multi-use liner.

Effectiveness

These sock liners will hold up when used as is with reinforced heels and toes and soft, super light construction. Even in the wettest conditions, you can be sure that these will wick moisture and keep your feet from blistering.

Style

The over the calf fit works for most boots and is comfortable without being bulky. The grey heathered color is accented well by black bridging on the ankles and across the toes, which is a little more exciting than solid black or white but simple enough for most occasions.

Value

With so much versatility and a one-year guarantee, the price tag on these sock liners is totally justified. You’ll be getting plenty of great use out of these.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Materials

Each sock features a varying percentage of Coolmax fibers as well as a few other key fibers. The most common are:

Nylon: Nylon is another synthetic fiber that is strong and versatile. It adds durability and softness to any fabric. When finely woven, it can be thin and soft, making it ideal for lightweight hiking liners. It can also take on some elastic and bulky properties that make it better suited for cold weather socks or boot socks.

Cotton: Cotton may seem counterintuitive in Coolmax socks due to its tendency to absorb moisture. However, this plant-based fabric can add softness to socks and can help fight odor better than many synthetic fabrics.

Polyester: Although Coolmax fibers are polyester, some companies add standard polyester fibers to their garments as well. Polyester has plastic-like properties that help repel moisture and keep feet dry.

Spandex/Lycra: Usually making up a very small percentage of the sock, this important component should not be discounted. A little bit of spandex offers elasticity to garments helping them retain their shape and provide some compression and support for the foot.

Coolmax socks can serve a variety of different functions and the materials used in their construction should reflect that. Features like smooth seams and a snug fit are essential for hiking liners. Whereas, arch support and cushioned soles are more important for running socks. We considered the key elements of each sock and how they should enhance your performance, no matter what you’re doing.

Breathability

Whether you're choosing socks for warm weather or cold, having a pair that's breathable is always good. This may seem obvious for warm weather since you'll be sweating and want that moisture to move from next to your skin to the outside air where it can dry naturally. But why is having a breathable sock important in cold weather? Well, it's for the same reason and it's actually even more important. Even during winter activities your feet can heat up and start sweating. While this simply causes discomfort in the heat, when it's cold outside it can be downright dangerous. If you have sweaty, wet feet in cold temperatures this will almost instantly lead to your feet getting cold. This can cause a lack of feeling in your toes so you won't have as much control of your feet which can lead to falling and hurting yourself. In extreme cases, it can even lead to frostbite and hypothermia. In order to make sure you get socks that are breathable, look for products that are made from mostly synthetic fibers such as polyester. Synthetic fibers are literally incapable of absorbing moisture so it moves around them to the outside air where it can dry. Natural fibers such as cotton on the other hand love absorbing moisture so they get wet easily and stay that way for a long time.

Comfort

Our feet and their 26 bones work hard for us, keeping us upright and allowing us to travel through our lives. In return the least that we can do is give them a home this is soft, comfortable, and cozy. By home, we mean your socks of course, and as with almost every piece of apparel, this factor is quite possibly the most important thing to consider. The products on our list have all been carefully selected because they have a good design, high-quality materials, and have been rated and reviewed as feeling good to wear. One thing to look for when it comes to this factor is options that have seamless toes. These tend to be expensive but can be absolutely worth it, especially for diabetics and/or those with circulation problems. Some of the products on our list do have seams at the toes, however, we were careful to choose ones that, if they do have toe seams, have ones that lie flat and don't cause the user discomfort. Another thing to look for is added cushioning in the heels and under the ball of the foot. Especially if you'll be wearing the socks while running just that little bit of added cushioning can make a big difference when you add it up over thousands of strides.

Durability

We've all experienced holes in our socks, especially in the heels and in the toes. These happen in these areas the fastest because this is where the highest amount of stress is placed on the sock during use. In order to help prevent this, you can look for products that have added material in these areas. We also recommend spending a little bit more for high-quality, brand name socks. It might seem silly to pay $10-25 for a pair of socks, but when you consider how much longer these will last you can easily see that they'll pay for themselves over time. What's more, is that you won't have to deal with the hassle of ordering a new pair or going to the store to buy them. While making this list we looked at the materials used in the socks as well as the construction techniques and then finally considered over 1600 user reviews to find options that are tough and long-lasting. Another thing you can do is to buy from brands such as Fox River and Darn Tough that have excellent replacement and return policies. If something happens to these socks and you're not satisfied you can return or exchange them for a new pair. This shows that the company is confident that their products are well made and long lasting.

Value

As we briefly touched on above in the durability criteria, buying a high-quality pair of performance socks can definitely save you money in the long run. While at first blush it may seem silly to spend $10-20 or more on a single pair of socks, these options will serve you well for several reasons. First of all, they are much more likely to be made of high-quality materials that won't cause you hot spots, chafing, and blisters. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Secondly, they will be more durable and long-lasting so you don't have to replace them as often as the cheap socks that can be bought in bulk. Finally, a lot of the options on this list come from companies that have excellent return and exchange policies. For example, if you buy a pair of Fox River socks and at any time are unsatisfied with them you can send them back to the company and they will send you a brand new pair. Not only does this give you peace of mind knowing that you'll be taken care of in case of a problem, but it also shows that the company is making an excellent product because they wouldn't be risking spending extra money by giving away new socks all the time if they weren't confident that their products would give the consumer a good experience.

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Is the cost worth it?

If you have sweaty feet or run or workout in hot environments, then the answer is yes, Coolmax socks are absolutely worth it. Using Coolmax socks will make a world of a difference and ensure you don't get any blisters due to chafing--try them out and you will see!

Take care of your socks!

While Coolmax socks are really easy to wash and are really durable, you will want to make sure you wash them correctly and air dry them if you can. These socks are more expensive when compared to the average socks you can buy at any store, so make sure to take care of them, so you can get the most out of your purchase.

Other Factors to Consider

Use

A good pair of socks can be functional in a variety of situations depending on how you use them. However, ignoring the intended purpose of your socks can lead to sore feet. For example, wearing thin hiking liners rather than padded hiking socks may be a bit harder on the bottoms of your feet. On the other hand, wearing thick boot socks for hot weather hiking will lead to overheating of your feet. Consider the activities and weather that you typically need high-performance socks for before deciding which will be best suited for your needs.

Type of Footwear
Moisture-wicking socks can do a lot to keep feet dry and reduce blisters. However, even the best socks in the world cannot prevent damage due to ill-fitting shoes. If you are experiencing persistent blisters, your shoes may be the culprit. REI experts recommend trying on hiking boots and running shoes at the end of the day when feet are most swollen to ensure an accurate and comfortable fit.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: When do I need hiking liners for under my hiking socks?
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Hiking liners are worth considering for long backpacking trips as they dry quickly and can prevent your bulkier hiking socks from becoming saturated with moisture. Liners can also be very helpful when you need a bit of extra bulk to fill out your hiking boots.

q: Do I need a pair of socks for every kind of activity?
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Diversifying your sock collection is not an incredibly exciting sounding past-time, but it may help you feel more comfortable when you are out there making the most of your time hiking or setting personal records while running. That being said, you don’t have to have a different pair of socks for every hobby or pair of shoes you have. There are plenty of sock styles designed for very specific activities and it’s up to you to weigh whether or not you’ll need them. You shouldn’t necessarily wear a Darn Tough hiking sock on race day, but you could probably wear the same Injinji original socks to the office and on your cross-country run.

q: Do I really need to buy liners?
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You certainly don't need to, but depending on what you'll be using them for and your personal preferences you may want and come to highly value a good sock liner.

Sock liners are most commonly worn while hiking to prevent blisters. Some long-distance runners like to use them as well for the same reason. But if you're only going for short hikes and/or runs, you may decide you don't need them, it's up to you.

q: Are Coolmax socks comfortable?
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Yes! While synthetic materials may never reach the soft and pliable comfort of cotton, athletic apparel companies have made leaps and bounds in how comfortable they're able to make socks out of new materials. Between using them ourselves and reading through countless reviews we're confident you'll find a pair of socks on our list that will be comfortable to wear while keeping your feet dry.

Sources

  1. Simpson, Rob, What is CoolMax?, Web Article, Jun 07, 2017
  2. REI, How to Choose Socks, Web Article,
  3. CoolMax, CoolMax Technologies, Web Page,