Swiftwick: Best Hunting Socks


For years I’ve been on a mission for the best hunting sock, a pair that would keep my feet warm, dry and comfortable. I’ve tried them all, from the supposed scent-stopping materials to thin liners that are supposed to wick moisture (but in reality stay wet and yucky, especially if your feet sweat a lot).

No sock has measured up for my hunting, until now.

I have been testing Swiftwicks extensively this fall, climbing into tree stands and hiking/stalking in various weather conditions. What follows are the claims off their website, followed by my field findings:

“Our socks are so tightly knitted that no debris…can penetrate your sock causing irritation and blistering. This structure creates a second-skin feel, prevents shifting or bunching, and eliminates the risk of blisters while making your shoes fit more comfortably…”
True. No bunching up in your boots, they are smooth and comfortable; no friction rubbing or blisters.

“Swiftwick socks are available in two blends — Merino Wool and Olefin. Both fibers have advanced wicking properties that when combined with our design will manage moisture, allowing easy evaporation of sweat…

True. I have never worn a sock that keeps your feet so dry and warm, period.

“Swiftwick uses finer grade, stronger materials…with a 200-knit construction to create managed pressure on the legs, ankles, and feet…promotes blood flow to the feet, actually improving your circulation in the lower part of your legs, thus increasing performance while you compete...means reduced leg fatigue…”

True. After a long day in the woods, your ankles, heels, soles and toes still feel fresh and good—almost like the socks massaged your dogs as you walked around. Sounds weird, but true. These are snug-fitting compression socks, so they might take you some getting used to.

In short, the best hunting socks I have worn by a long shot. I like both the Merino and Olefin materials. I recommend the 4” to 7” models, which cost $17 to $20 a pair. Money well spent. Check out their website http://www.swiftwick.com/

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Dean Weimer's Gravatar Different looking, that's for sure.
# Posted By Dean Weimer | 12/2/10 12:03 AM
Bolt's Gravatar Hey Mike. Just spent all day here in S.E PA on stand,cold and windy, with cold, cold feet. Just ordered a pair. Thanks
# Posted By Bolt | 12/2/10 8:15 PM
Hil's Gravatar Interesting. I am a bit of a sock fanatic...recently fell in love with Darn Tough and so far I haven't found another sock that compares, but I'll have to check out the Swiftwicks.
# Posted By Hil | 12/3/10 11:37 AM
DougInWisconsin's Gravatar HIl, I just ordered my first Darn Tough socks. Can't wait to try them out. Really like the lifetime guarantee too. Been a Smartwool guy for a long time. Tired of how quickly they wear out these days.

Mike, I might try these out as well. They look like nice socks. Also been wanting to try out teh LL Bean socks with primaloft. Anyone try those?
# Posted By DougInWisconsin | 12/3/10 2:43 PM