Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Mini Socks - Men's


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Keep your mind off your feet and on the trail ahead with the comfort and performance of the Smartwool Men's Hiking Ultra Light Mini Socks. Made from a blend of soft, stretchy Merino wool, Nylon and Elastic, these socks will naturally wick moisture away from your skin to regulate temperature and keep your feet dry and odor-free. The new, lower height means these socks rise to just above your ankles and work perfectly with lighter, shorter profile hiking shoes. With mesh venting, lightweight cushioning and an elasticized band around your arch to keep the sock in place, you’ll be skipping down the trail with very happy feet. Enjoy your outdoor adventure when you’re wearing the Smartwool Hiking Ultra Light Mini Socks for Men.


  • Fabric: 74% Merino wool, 25% Nylon, 1% Elastic
  • WOW (Wool-On-Wool) Technology™, reinforced forefoot and heel to reduce shock and abrasion
  • Ultra light cushioning on toe, arch and back of ankle
  • Multi ribbed cuff
  • Mesh ventilation zones on top of foot
  • Flat knit toe seam
  • Elasticized arch brace to keep sock in place
  • Height: just above ankle

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

6 Reviews

  • Great design: 4
  • Build quality: 3
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Lasts forever: 2

  • lighter duty: 1
  • Wears quickly: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.6 / 5
Durability: 4.2 / 5
Fit: 3.5 / 5

6 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from San Diego, CA
25-34 yrs

Great trail running/backpacking sock!
October 26, 2012

Well, for the last 10 or so years I've been a true outdoor enthusiast, socks have always been last on my list for items I cared about when packing (Dumb, I know). However my GF, who was a guide at Philmont, turned me onto Smartwool and told me to try a pair out. Altrec was having a sale, so I got a pair for a great price and took them for a 14-mile dayhike the first day I got them. I'm now a changed man. Having a pair of socks that cushions in the right places, resists stinking up my bag, and stays comfortable over several uses between washes is awesome! I wear a shoe-size 11, so I bought a large and they are a perfect fit! Just the right length and height. I tend to go as UL as possible on hikes, and wear trail running shoes, so I don't like a big sock. I also wear these on trail runs. ' I guess my only gripe is I need a new color! I bought 3 pairs, and I'd be willing to buy a 4th, but the 2 grays are very similar. Oh well, 3 is enough for now. UL hikers and trail runners will love these socks.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

June 05, 2012

Excellent running sock, this sock is extremely comfortable to run in. The sock keep you cool and breathes well. Great fit, the sock stays in place while running and does not sink down into your shoes.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Indianapolis, IN
25-34 yrs

Cool Socks
May 30, 2011

I bought a pair of these socks along with a pair of the SmartWool Phd light half-cushion mini crew outdoor sock to compare. These socks have a touch more cushioning than the PhD ones I bought which could be a good or bad. Yet to be determined. Both felt great on my feet when I tried them on. I will be hiking/backpacking with my gf at the Grand Canyon in July and will put these socks to the test. As far now I'm not sure what their durability, breathability, and comfort levels are when put to the test, but I'm sure as with all smartwool products that I've purchased in the past it will be superb and worth the money!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from Endicott, New York
18-24 yrs

Only socks I wear
December 31, 2012

Don't listen to the other review. Yes it is only a pair of socks but they are the greatest. I have been wearing them for years. They might be expensive but they are Smartwool and with the PHd design they are perfect for me. They don't shrink after washings and they don't slide when wearing them. They keep the heat in and the cold out depending on the weather.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

light hikers only
January 05, 2013

Smartwool works the best for my needs. Merino wool blend is amazingly warm, dry and supportive in cold weather and cool in warm weather. These socks are more loosely woven than other Smartwool hiking socks I wear. They work well, but don't provide as snug a wrap-around support. I'm thinking these are better for short half-day hikes, walking around town, and lighter outdoor activities where heavier socks are over the top.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Cons: lighter duty
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Western MA
25-34 yrs

not what I wanted...
December 20, 2012

Very comfortable sock, feels like your walking on a rug all day. I was very disapointed with the actual color, socks were two shades darker than compared to Altrec website picture. Also, after wearing and washing once noticed many pulls in the wool. I'm going to try something else next time.

Pros: comfortable, Cons: Wears quickly

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Cadet, Gray, Oatmeal, Taupe, Black, Loden and Navy.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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