TREKKING SOCKS: How to choose the right product
First of all, socks for summer use must be distinguished from those for winter use. The first are recognized for the lightness of the weft, which can be either of a synthetic yarn, of cotton and also of wool, and for the stated purpose of facilitating the transpiration of the foot and avoiding the accumulation of moisture in the plantar area, to maintain a state of well-being within the shoe. They are also shorter on average compared to the versions for mountaineering and winter hiking, which differ from the summer socks for the main functionality, which is to keep the foot, as well as dry, warm and isolated from the outside, in cooperation with the shoe. Often they are made using a balanced mix of natural and synthetic yarns, which give a very attractive look and, at the same time, a superior technicality. The sole of the foot is preferable in wool or cotton, natural materials that allow better breathability and greater thicknesses to increase thermal insulation from the ground, especially useful during mountaineering. In addition, the tubular structure is usually thicker than the summer socks, to protect ankle and calf from chafing and impacts to which the intensity and degree of difficulty of alpine hiking are more subject.