OUR TAKE Even when you’re going to hike for three weeks straight, $50 for a pair of socks seems outrageous. But our tester used the Adventurists on a 250-mile section of the Colorado Trail and praised their performance for the price. The socks contain 80 percent yak cashmere, which has hollow fibers that trap air better than merino (which is semi-hollow) for superior insulation. “When a snowstorm hit the San Juan Mountains, these socks made me feel like I was wearing warm slippers,” our tester says. Venting on top of the foot and around the ankle kept her feet from overheating in 50°F temps. Twenty percent nylon makes the Adventurists durable enough for day-after-day wear, and they hold their shape well. Ding: limited sizing.
TRAIL CRED “The yak fur is just as good as merino at keeping stink at bay,” our tester reported after her time in the Rockies.