Good socks are ESSENTIAL for everything from day hikes to thru hikes. While aesthetically many socks look similar, there are huge differences in how they function! Good socks = happy feet. Crummy socks = blisters, pain, and a whole lot of hating life.
I first encountered Cloudline socks two years ago at Outdoor Retailer while roaming around the seemingly endless booths. Joe and Austin gave me a free pair to try out, and after two years of rocking Cloudline socks all across the country, here are my thoughts!
When you first look at a pair of Cloudline socks two things jump out: color and comfort. The colors really pop and the socks themselves are incredibly soft and cushion-y.
Cloudline socks are a merino-based sock that come in a variety of heights and thicknesses. The No Show and 1/4 Top Running Sock come in ultralight and lightweight options, while the more traditional Switchback Hiking Sock comes in ultralight, light, and medium cushion varieties.
All Cloudline socks are made in the USA, come with a lifetime guarantee, and look pretty bomb when dangled over a cliff on Instagram.
The Pros of Cloudline Socks
While most people hate the new car smell, all sane humans enjoy the "new sock" feel. Fortunately, Cloudline socks replicate that sensation even after days and days on the trail. Having tested several pairs of Cloudline socks extensively over the course of two years and hundreds of miles, I have yet to experience holes or wear points. And, they still hug comfortably to my feet and shins.
The Cons of Cloudline Socks
I only have one beef with Cloudline socks: the eye-popping colors fade over time. Like all good things, the vibrancy doesn't last forever.
Having sworn by Darn Tough socks for the majority of my outdoorsy life, I've always been cautious of other sock brands. I still love my Darn Toughs, but I can also confidently say that I'm a Cloudline convert.
Cloudline socks are equally durable and comfortable. They are also made in the USA, come with a lifetime guarantee, and have a huge range of fun and funky colors. In the words of the famous Deion Sanders, these socks allow you to "look good, feel good, play good."