Gear Guide 2012: Patagonia ULW Merino Crew Socks

Prevent blisters with these liner socks.


Testers love the Patagonia ULW Merino Crew as a liner sock (it’s uncushioned), but they also praise its comfort when worn alone in hot weather (one used them on 90°F days in Utah’s Arches National Park). The wool/synthetic blend (53 percent merino, 45 percent nylon, two percent spandex) makes this crew more breathable than most all-wool socks, resulting in drier dogs. That, along with the unobtrusive toe seam, prevented blisters on high-mileage days. $18; 1 oz. (m’s M);