The latest walking socks to land on the doorstep of Outdoor Enthusiasts’ HQ is the two season Brasher Hillwalker socks.
In an attractive purple colour, the socks clearly meet Brasher’s high quality standards and are packed with high performance properties. Made from 82% ThermoCool polyester fibres, 16% nylon, 1% elastane and 1% Lycra, the mix of the fibres ensure that the socks are strong and durable yet soft to the touch.
The ThermoCool fibres, meanwhile, provide the Hillwalker socks with temperature regulation properties so in cooler climates, the fibres help to keep your feet warm whilst in warmer climates, they help to keep your feet cool.
In addition to the temperature regulation properties, the socks have a moisture management vent located at the top of your foot just underneath your toes. This helps to pull the sweat away from your feet in order to keep them dry.
The socks fit well on your feet and have a soft cuff which gently holds the sock in place. With it being a two season sock, the Hillwalker socks are quite thin for a pair of walking socks but extra padding has been strategically incorporated into the design for maximum comfort and protection in the areas with the most pressure. Extra cushioning has been integrated into the heel, toes and upper part of the foot where it meets the bottom of the tongue of a boot .
We tested the Brasher Hillwalker socks with the new Brasher Supalite Active GTX boots and the extra cushioning on these areas provided that extra bit of comfort. The most noticeable area was the padding on the top of the foot which was great for walking uphill. The moisture management and temperature regulating properties also performed well, helping to keep my feet nice and dry throughout the walk.
The Brasher Hillwalker socks are great for walks in the spring or summer but the areas of the socks which don’t have the extra cushioning are thinner than other walking socks on the market though they should last as the material is still quite strong in those areas.