Backpacker - - Socks -

OUR TAKE On cold, sloppy slogs through Vir­ginia, our Ap­palachian Trail testers were grate­ful for the Pur­suit Heavy Hike on their 550-mile march through the state. Thick cush­ion all over kept their feet warm and dry on sub­freez­ing days with snow, sleet, and mud, and pro­vided ex­tra pad­ding when the path got rocky and rooty. A high merino con­tent (73 per­cent) pre­vented their feet from get­ting swampy when temps rose into the 40s. Our testers say the Pur­suit never bagged out across the whole of Vir­ginia, thanks to 2 per­cent elas­tane. Bum­mer: No small op­tion in the uni­sex siz­ing.

TRAIL CRED “For a sock this woolly, the Pur­suit dries fast,” one tester re­ports. “I turn it in­side out and sleep with it on af­ter down­pours, and it’s ready to go by morn­ing.” $27; 3.2 oz.; M-L (uni­sex); swiftwick.com

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