Darn Tough vs. Injinji Toe Socks [Gear Review]

I like to joke that I have Hobbit feet (minus the hair, luckily), because I have feet that are very small, but extremely wide. This was only emphasized on my PCT hike because hiker feet expand as a result of the absurd quantity of time that you spend walking. So keep that in mind as you read my sock review, the width of my feet played a huge role in what socks (and shoes) I preferred for my thru-hike.


Darn Tough

Basic specs:

  • Mid level cushion
  • ¼ sock height
  • 60% Merino Wool, 38% Nylon, 2% Lycra® Spandex

darn tough

Circumstance of review:

I wore these socks through 300 miles of the desert section of the PCT, and on many weekend trips in Ontario, Canada. 

Comfort

These socks are very comfortable in any situation, I wear them hiking, at home, at work, or out with friends. Wool is an active fibre and will conform to the shape of your foot over time, especially if they get wet and dry while you are wearing them. It’s like a hug, for your feet!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Too narrow
  • Too hot

Value:

They cost $18 per pair, which might seem pricey for a pair of socks. However, Darn Tough has an unparalleled return policy. You can return their socks for any reason at any time and get them replaced. They have phenomenal value. Furthermore, these socks are durable as hell. I’ve been wearing Darn Toughs for years and I don’t know if I’ve ever actually worn through more than two pairs. However, I found that they were too narrow for my feet (causing pain) and also way too hot for the desert. 


Injinji Toe Socks (Run Lightweight No-Show – NuWool)

Basic specs:

  • 32% NüWool™, 32% Acrylic, 31% Nylon, 5% Lycra®¹
  • Low sock height

¹NüWool is comprised of Merino wool.

injinji

Circumstance of review:

Theses were my main hiking socks for the latter half of the desert (300 miles) and the entirety of Oregon. 

Comfort

I actually got the unisex socks instead of the women’s ones, which worked well for me. I recently bought a pair of the women’s ones, and I think the toes are too narrow for me. It feels like I am losing circulation in those, which was never a problem with the unisex. The fact that each of your toes is kept separate is a key player in preventing blisters from forming between your toes.

Pros:

  • Blister prevention
  • Allows proper foot splay
  • Naturally antimicrobial (wool repels odours)
  • Wicking

Cons:

  • Lifespan

Value:

$15 per pair (price varies depending on which version of the sock you want).

Overall, the Injinji socks win hands down for my favourite thru-hiking sock. If you have wide feet (especially small, wide feet), these socks are amazing. I’d been having general foot ache in my first month on trail, which I assumed was due to the miles I was putting on, but when I switched socks, it went away immediately. I’ve worn through several of these pairs over the last year, but they fit my feet so well that I am going to keep using them for hiking.


I know some people wear Injinji sock liners inside of Darn Toughs in order to get the blister-prevention benefit of toe socks in combination with Darn Tough’s benefits. Although Injinji is the clear winner for me, the reality is that these are both fantastic hiking socks. Which will fit your needs best depends on your foot size/shape, what kind of shoe you are wearing, and what kind of hike you are planning.


Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

 

3 thoughts on “Darn Tough vs. Injinji Toe Socks [Gear Review]

  1. I own both of the socks you reviewed and never wear them at the same time. On shorter hikes the Darn Toughs are fine – and warmer. But for longer trips with back to back days of hiking I wear Injinjis. They’re the best for preventing blisters.

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    1. Agreed. When people I met were wearing both, it was just Injinji sock liners instead of the full sock, but in summer conditions I could never wear two layers on my feet like that. Too hot.

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