Conquer any terrain—blister free!—with these eight top trail running picks.

The socks that work on the road don’t always stand up to the demands of the trail—navigating twists and turns (read: extra friction), splashing through creeks, kicking up rocks and dust. Conquer any terrain—blister free!—with these eight top trail running picks.

1) INJINJI WOMEN’S TRAIL MIDWEIGHT CREW

These moisture-wicking crew socks prevent any skin-on-skin friction between toes—great for runners who are prone to blisters on their digits. The women-specific fit features a narrower profile, snug enough to keep out dirt on the trails. $16, injinji.com

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2) SWIFTWICK VIBE ZERO

These below-the-ankle socks provide a moderate amount of both cushioning and compression for a comfy, snug feel. They’re constructed from synthetic fibers including Olefin, which is known for its hydrophobic, moisture-wicking ability. $13.99, swiftwick.com

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3) DRYMAX LITE TRAIL RUNNING 1⁄4 CREW TURN DOWN

Featuring a unique dual-layer construction, Drymax socks are ideal for handling sweaty feet and wet trail conditions. The enhanced ankle padding prevents debris from entering shoes, and the leg turns down to stay cooler on hot runs. $42 for three pairs, drymaxdirect.com

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4) FITS MICRO LIGHT RUNNER (TRAIL) MINI-CREW

With a cushy feel in both the toe and heel, these socks offer a little extra support on longer runs. A blend of Merino wool, nylon, polyester, and Lycra, they are extra soft and fit snugly. The cut hits halfway between the ankle and calf. $19.99, fitssock.com

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5) DARN TOUGH VERMONT VERTE X 1⁄4 ULTRA-LIGHT CUSHION

Strike that balance between lightweight and cushioned in these just-above-the-ankle socks. A combo of Merino wool and nylon, they provide a thin layer of cushioning along the bottom using ultra-durable knitting—all Darn Tough socks have an unconditional lifetime warranty. $18, darntough.com

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6) STANCE UNCOMMON RUN OTC

These lightweight “over the calf” socks, made with nylon and polyester, protect your legs on overgrown trails while providing a breathable, snug fit. A seamless toe closure prevents blisters, while a proprietary treatment helps these socks dry quickly. $36, stance.com

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7) FEETURES HIGH-PERFORMANCE CUSHION CREW

A band of Lycra hugs the foot for extra arch support in this fully synthetic sock. It also features mesh panels on top for added breathability and high-density cushioning underneath for extra protection. $14.99, feetures.com

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8) SMART WOOL WOMEN’S PhD RUN LIGHT ELITE LOW CUT SOCKS

Though these socks are made with Merino wool (mixed with nylon), they’re plenty breathable, thanks to mesh venting that helps wick away moisture. The slim fit accommodates women’s narrower heels, and the low profile is ideal for well-groomed trails. $18.95, smartwool.com

 

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