Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks Review

by Arthur McMahon
Updated May 06, 2020

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks Review
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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks are trail-tested and thru-hiker approved. Adventurers of all types are switching over to these socks for their top-notch quality and unconditional lifetime guarantee.

Durable in form and versatile in function, Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks were designed with the trail in mind. The tightly knitted merino wool blend excels in all seasons and on all types of terrain.

What We Dig

Darn Tough socks are just that — really freakin’ tough. Generic run-of-the-mill athletic socks are a dime a dozen nowadays, and most of them would be pushed to their limits on any outing more strenuous than a mild hike, but there is something special about the Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks.

Their durability is unmatched. We’ve put untold miles of hard hiking into these socks and each pair we’ve tested has traversed hundreds of miles of trail before showing any signs of serious wear. That’s unheard of, and quite remarkable.

The best part, though, is the unconditional lifetime guarantee that Darn Tough proudly weaves into every sock they make. If your socks ever wear out you can exchange them for another pair without issue.

What We’d Change

Abso-fruitly nothing! Seriously. We can’t imagine a better hiking sock. The Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks are available in several colors and attractive designs, and if anything we would like to see even more styles to choose from.

The Verdict

Durability and an iron-clad guarantee are the hallmarks of Darn Tough socks, and the Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks are no different. The specific styling of this sock makes it extremely versatile, and, for that reason, it’s our favorite in Darn Tough’s lineup.

They’re also quite comfortable, anti-bacterial, sweat-wicking, and they continue to insulate well when soaking wet. Darn Tough socks may be pricier than your typical department store socks, but each pair is essentially a lifetime purchase.

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Field Test

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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks have been my go-to hiking and backpacking socks for the last several years.

I’ve walked thousands of miles in these babies from the sky-high summit of Mt. Whitney to the bottom of Badwater Basin, and all of the elevation, terrain, and weather that lies between.

The first two pairs I purchased were during my 2015 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Several hundred miles into my journey I decided to replace my unimpressive generic athletic socks with Darn Toughs after seeing how well my partner was fairing in her own pair.

I then hiked over the Sierra Nevada, through Northern California, and all the way to Bend, Oregon before needing to replace my Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion socks. Thanks to the unconditional lifetime guarantee I had no problem getting two new pairs of socks in a flash— no questions asked.

I abused the hell out of those socks, yet they never failed me. In the years since I have continued to wear Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks as my primary hiking socks whether I’m mountain climbing in boots or crushing miles in trail runners. Their height and cushion are ideal for any shoe and any backcountry scenario.

Product Details

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Comprised primarily of merino wool, Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks feature all of the benefits of wool with the aid of interwoven nylon and lycra for supplemental structure and stretch.

Merino wool is naturally antimicrobial, meaning fewer bacteria will stow away in your shoes like rats on a trade barge, and, as a result, your feet will smell considerably less funky. The wool also pulls moisture away from the skin and dries fast.

The particular shape and structure of the Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks make them extremely versatile. The mid-level cushion is warm and comfortable, and the micro crew height is perfect for hiking boots and trail runners alike. Ribbed elastic cuffs ensure that the socks never droop.

These socks also feature Darn Tough’s proprietary True Seamless seam fusion for anti-scratch comfort and Fine Gauge Knitting that is reinforced at the heel and forefoot for enhanced durability.


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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks are made with love— there’s no doubt about it. The attention to detail, from the well-balanced blend of materials to the intricate high-density knitting, is a testament to the company’s commitment to excellence.

Unapologetic construction: Knitted with pride in Northfield, Vermont, Darn Tough is a family-owned business spanning three generations of perfectionists. The company’s website states that Darn Tough is “interested in one thing. Producing the best possible socks the world has to offer.”

Darn Tough socks are made from high-grade materials by thoroughly trained people who understand that quality is of the utmost importance. Every sock is made in the same mill, and no part of the process has been outsourced at the expense of the end product.

Comfort beyond comprehension: You might be thinking that socks fit like socks and that they tend to feel like socks. But when push comes to shove, or rather, when feet hit the dirt, Darn Tough socks go above and beyond to provide incredible comfort on the trail.

These Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks will have your feet covered in a multitude of ways. With these socks you’ll find that excess moisture is expelled, friction is reduced, and hot spots have become a thing of the past.


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They’re breathable and immune to the effects of foul weather. Compared to lesser socks, Darn Toughs will reduce the likelihood of irritation, blisters, and cold feet.

They’re breathable, and they’ll keep your feet warm even after you’ve haphazardly stomped through a creek of glacier melt. Whoops!

Guaranteed for life: There’s no other sock manufacturer in the world with a better warranty than Darn Tough. Simply mail in your clean socks or bring them to a participating retail store to exchange a worn-out pair for a brand new pair.

You’ll buy them once, and buy them for life.

More Darn Tough Socks for Hikers

While the Hiker Micro Crew Cushion sock is our favorite Darn Tough sock for hikers and backpackers, there is a wide-range of Darn Tough socks that maintain the same quality characteristics with minor design tweaks for different scenarios and preferences.

Here’s a quick look at some of the other standout socks from Darn Tough.

Hiker ¼ Cushion Socks

Darn Tough Hiker ¼ Cushion Socks

Simply slice a few inches off the top of the Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks and you’ll have made yourself a fresh pair of Hiker ¼ Cushion socks.

These are often preferred by backpackers who primarily hike in low top trail runners. The low cut reduces a bit of weight and enhances ventilation over the taller socks. An additional benefit of short socks is that you won’t end up with a goofy hiker tan line partway up your calf.

This specific sock also features side vents for supreme breathability. Wet shoes, socks, and feet will dry out surprisingly quick in these bad boys. That means you can keep hiking and dry out as you walk.

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Hiker Boot Full Cushion

Darn Tough Men's Merino Wool Hiker Boot Sock Full Cushion Socks

Tough trails require tough footwear. The best hiking boots are made even better by a thickly cushioned pair of Darn Tough Hiker Boot Full Cushion socks.

Designed for maximum warmth and comfort, these socks will keep your tootsies toasty in the harshest of environments. They are comprised of a higher percentage of merino wool than all of the previously mentioned socks. It’ll feel like you’ve got sheep on your feet!

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Coolmax Boot Full Cushion

Darn Tough Coolmax Boot Full-Cushion

As the only Darn Tough sock on this list that isn’t made of wool, the Coolmax Boot Full Cushion has quite a reputation to live up to. The Coolmax polyester fabric is backed by the same amazing lifetime guarantee, though, so no worries there.

If you simply can’t stand wool, these are the Darn Tough socks for you. The blend of Coolmax polyester, nylon, acrylic, and lycra is woven by the same high-density knit standards as the rest of the lineup and is as tough as socks come.

Coolmax polyester was designed to mimic wool’s sweat-wicking properties so that you remain cool and dry on hot summer days.

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Trail Legs Over-The-Calf Cushion

Darn tough Trail Legs Over-The-Calf Cushion

The Trail Legs Over-The-Calf Cushion socks are more than a tall pair of wool socks — they’re compression socks!

Those who suffer from swelling and inflammation during hikes or trail runs will benefit greatly from a pair of compression socks. Kiss your legs cramps and swelling goodbye!

These Darn Tough socks feature that same merino wool and high-quality construction as similar socks, but the compression is what makes them unique, and the durable lycra Spandex won’t allow these tall socks to slide down your calves.

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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks

Darn Tough socks are among the best socks available for outdoor adventurers. While all Darn Tough socks have their merits, the Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks are our favorite for hikers and backpackers.

They’re also fantastic for lounging fireside with a good book and a hot beverage on a cold winter night.

If fate and destiny are the leading forces of the universe, then we have no doubt that merino wool was always meant to be wrapped around our feet. The natural textile is a multi-faceted gem for active outdoor enthusiasts who appreciate warmth and comfort.

The high-quality construction and extraordinary product guarantee behind these socks instill confidence in the brand and ensure that each sock purchased is an awesome value for customers.

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks excel on the trail and at home. If you buy a pair for the outdoors, don’t be surprised when you end up wearing them to the grocery store, and to work, and to the gym. They’re that versatile.

Your purchase will be worth it. Darn Tough guarantees it.

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