Icebreaker Hike+: Outdoorsman Gift Guide

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The performance of every pair of boots or shoes starts with your socks, and the Icebreaker Hike+ merino year-round hiking sock is just the ticket. “I wear merino wool socks even when I’m not hiking,” admits Wiese. “You can wear these socks for a week, they won’t be stiff like cotton socks and, more importantly, they won’t stink. It’s really the best material for the outdoors.”

Long been known as the premier performance fabric, merino is breathable and warm in the cold, cool in the heat, it regulates body temperature to keep you comfortable and it’s naturally antibacterial to control odor. The Icebreaker Hike+ has medium cushion and support in the sole, instep, and ankle and its smooth toe seams eliminate the chance for blisters. These socks can go the distance. [$21.50; huckberry.com]