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    I always use liners and always carry an extra pair of liners and regular socks for trading out should my feet get too sweaty. You also have to keep your foot from moving in the boot. Just filling it with sock doesn't usually work for very long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Work2hunt View Post
    I by no means spend my life in the mountains or hills for what it's worth,but it seems like ever time I make it out west for a hunt I end up with blisters on my heels ,balls of my feet and sometimes the tops of my feet. Most of my hunting is in early season with a muzzleloader so it has always been warmer. I've tried different boots, different socks, but nothing so far has seemed to work.


    So.....what's everyone wear and how does it work for you?
    For socks, Thorlos - I swear by them. I've worn them on 10-milers, I wear them when I do my 3-milers for physical training at my place. No blisters. The socks do make a difference, I've run and walked in the Air Force issued cotton socks and quickly ended up with blisters. The wrong socks will act just like sandpaper.

    Another thing is that I change my socks regularly and air them out when I get a chance - another nice thing about the Thorlos, they dry quickly.

    Cold weather, I wear the Thorlos and put a pair of wool socks over top of them.


    For boots, make sure that they are not too big - if your feet are sliding around in your boots, you're going to get blisters no matter what you wear.

    Personally, I wear Merrells at home and I'm still working on finding a good pair of hunting boots. The soles on the Merrells are too soft for going off-trail too long, otherwise, I'd wear those hunting, too.

    Another thing, get out and walk more at home, it will thicken the skin and build some callouses on your feet.

    And like Kevin Root said, take good care of your feets, keep them clean and dry.
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    I've use sock liners sometimes. I also wear thorlos. Love them. I wear them everyday. I did pick up some merino blend socks of steep and cheap, so far so good, a little less cushion than the thorlos however but they haven't passed the test of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    No liner here. Smartwool or Darn Tough socks.
    No liner for me either. Darn Tough all the way and their lifetime gaurantee is an added bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsmallfield View Post
    No liner for me either. Darn Tough all the way and their lifetime gaurantee is an added bonus.
    I might have to try some of these, Darn Tough socks just to test out that guarantee. I checked out their web site to see what was under the guarantee and it is pretty awesome.

    "Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee Simply and without strings or conditions: if our all weather performance socks are not the most comfortable and durable socks you have ever worn, return them for another pair or your money back. No strings. No conditions. For life. When you are really serious about something you make it yourself."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Root View Post
    I might have to try some of these, Darn Tough socks just to test out that guarantee. I checked out their web site to see what was under the guarantee and it is pretty awesome.

    "Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee Simply and without strings or conditions: if our all weather performance socks are not the most comfortable and durable socks you have ever worn, return them for another pair or your money back. No strings. No conditions. For life. When you are really serious about something you make it yourself."
    No joke Kevin. I just had our first customer send a pair in a couple weeks ago. He came back to the store yesterday and said that he sent them in and had a new pair in 8 days. The only other thing they sent him was a Thank You letter.

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    Thanks for all the info. I'll have to check into the smart wool and darn tough socks. Has anyone tried cabelas ingenious socks? I got a couple pairs for Christmas but I've only worn them deer hunting and pheasant hunting. I put some miles on them but it was all pretty much flat walking. Not much for hills in northern Ohio or Minnesota, at least where I hunt.

 

 

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