Holiday Giveaway #3: Darn Tough All-Weather Performance Socks


UPDATE: Our two winners are Kevin (men’s socks) and Ginger (women’s socks). Congrats and watch for next week’s giveaway!

Remember when socks as a gift were something relegated to stocking stuffer status? You’d blurt out a ‘ThanksMomandDad’ and toss ‘em into the gift pile, moving on to bigger quarry? Well, you’re older and wiser now, and socks are too.

Darn Tough makes socks they way they name ‘em. Sure, they employ top-notch materials like merino wool and Coolmax technology that wick away moisture, but they then use high-density knitting to construct socks that last years. We reviewed their Micro-Crew socks four years ago, and those pairs are still going strong, and absolutely still among our most comfy. Oh, and that ‘high-density knitting’ thing? No tech-talk mumbo jumbo there. The thread count in Darn Tough socks isn’t just higher than competitive brands… the difference is a visible-to-the-naked-eye one. But we’ll speak no more of nakedness here; especially not of naked feet.

So we’re giving away a Men’s pair of Micro Crew merino wool socks, as well as a Women’s pair of Micro Crew hikers made with Coolmax. Both are ideal for hiking and trekking, but you’ll end up wearing them as often as possible. And don’t forget, unless our math is bad, all this would mean TWO WINNERS this week.

How to enter for your chance to win.

It’s pretty easy. Head over to Darn Tough’s website and check out some of their other socks that would make good gifts; they have products designed for skiing and riding, hunting & fishing, etc.
Then come back here and write down what caught your interest, in the comments area below.

At the end of the week, we’ll announce the TWO WINNERS here, as well as on UpNorthica’s Facebook page. NOTE: If you don’t choose to leave your email address now, don’t forget to check back here on Friday! If you’re a winner, we’ll need a way to contact you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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36 Responses to Holiday Giveaway #3: Darn Tough All-Weather Performance Socks

  1. Kirk Betts says:

    The Boot Sock Cushions series,1403. I could see my feet wearing them.

  2. Peter says:

    I’d love a chance to put ‘em up against my Smartwools, which are one of the single best things about my life…
    I guess that might sound kind of pathetic. Love the designs and colors of the boot socks.

  3. Zach McCabe says:

    The men’s collection dress crews caught my eye. A light wool sock in the workplace is second to none!

  4. Mike Bartz says:

    Mountaineering Extra Cushion • 1440 looks pretty good – I need extra cushion when Climbing – Both times I climbed Grand Teton I lost toenails, I need better socks, and with the lifetime gaurantee – I can’t go wrong!!!

  5. Bridgit Maruska says:

    Oh, to pull a pair of Vermont made sox from a box just for sending this response!! Thanks for the opportunity to win what appears to be, “fine footwear for furious fun”. From various sports such as down hill to alpine ski, hiking to biking; this merino wool sock is all athlete and can take a beating as it’s name implies: Darn Tough.

    Several of my “cute” female smartwool sox have actually proven to wear out in all the wrong spots. I’d love the opportunity to test Darn Tough to see if they’ve stitched extra heavy in all the RIGHT places. I’m on the hunt for my favorite sport knee high and the style of their flower power seem to be right up my alley!

  6. Ken says:

    Whoa! I’m always looking for some high performance socks! Seems like I go through several pairs a winter of what I’ve been getting. Will have to give these a try!

  7. Kevin says:

    New Boot socks(1403) would be sweet! My Aussie wool pairs are getting long in the tooth after 8 years(!!). hopefully these last a similar amount of time.

  8. Wehaf says:

    I love the 3/4 crew socks for running (1494). Nothing beats merino wool for running!

  9. Stephen C Wiggen says:

    Very eye catching!

  10. Dan Clevette says:

    My wife likes the ski socks in ‘starry night willow’. She loves socks.

  11. Mel Clevette says:

    I like the boot sock “cushion” in olive. I love havng toasty warm feet!

  12. Andrew F says:

    The Merino wool 1/4 cushion and 1/4mesh sock caught my attention. I need some warmer and thicker running socks for the upcoming winter in Rochester, NY!

  13. Brad Juneau says:

    The Merino Wool and Coolmax 1/4 Sock Cushion caught my eye. I love the ones I have now and need to get more.

  14. Mark says:

    Really like the look of the “Tactical” sock. I wonder what the composition of them is?

  15. Ginger says:

    I’d love to try a pair of the Good Witch crew socks. I’m pretty disappointed w/ my Smartwool socks easily wearing out. Would love to see if these can hold up better!

  16. brendan says:

    Darn tough makes the best running socks, hands down. Their merino no-shows are like blister-proof vests for your feet. Like flak jackets for your toes. Indestructible. Awesome.

  17. Joe Lalonde says:

    The 3/4 Crew • 1494 caught my eye. Looks good and, I’m sure, feels comfy!

  18. Erin Lowe says:

    I use ski socks as winter horseback riding socks. Trying to fit most of them under tall boots is a challenge but these 1409 look like they’d work pretty slick. I often wear 2 pair of socks trying to keep the foot warm without the calf being too puffy to fit in the boots. The added plus is that they come in cute patterns making them the perfect gift for my horse girls.

  19. Scott says:

    I am thankful for Wintertime…It is when I break out the super cush, toasty warm, Darn Toughs. I don’t like the fact that it is dark when I leave for work in the morning. I cannot easily identify my Darn toughs in the dark sock drawer. ( wife is sleeping do not want to turn on lights) It would be a lot easier if I was just able to pull out any pair and have it come up Darn Tough…(<:[

  20. Bryan says:

    All of their socks caught my attention, but the thing that really intrigued me was their lifetime replacement policy if they ever wear out. Wish other socks did that.

  21. Katie says:

    I got my first pair of Darn Tough’s about a month ago. I will never buy smartwool again. I’d like to try the cushioned boot socks!

  22. Aaron says:

    The Micro Crew Cushion (1467) socks look awesome!

  23. Lisa Wolk says:

    I swear by the 3/4 crew socks for running. They are so comfortable and wick away sweat. Plus, they’re the only socks that keep me warm when running in the brutal Boston winters!

  24. Julie says:

    Mini Stripe Shorty. I like to wear fun socks but also ones that are durable and keep my feet warm. I love the stripes on these socks and would fit wonderfully with my clogs.

  25. Wade Prestrud says:

    I like the No-Show True Seamless in the Bike series. Good Stuff.

  26. Per Arneberg says:

    I have been trying to switch out my entire sock collection to Darn’s over the last few years, but don’t have any of those Hunt/Fish Over-the-calf Full Cushion 1465 socks for those long days on the river over here in Norway!
    I can’t seem to find a good sock to wear under my waders when I salmon fish- which I do about 20 out of 24 hrs a day a few weeks each summer.

  27. Sarah Taylor says:

    Mini stripe shorty for sure. Will I really like them better than my smart wool? I’d feel like I’m cheating on them.

  28. Sue Titus says:

    Hi Density Cushioning on the foot bottom? My feet would be SOoooo thankful! Send me so’sme Boot Sock Cushion • 1460′s ASAP! Please : )

  29. Carla Jolman says:

    I would love to have a few of Spirals Crew Light • 1496, love the one pair of womens crew casual socks I own. The boot socks are great when I need to keep my feet warm while hiking, and walking the dogs.

  30. Lauren Farnsworth says:

    Wow! The over the caf hunt/fish series (1465) would be great at the family hunting camp when the boys get together before dawn on those bitterly cold VT mornings to hunt opening day! And the Knee High Flower Power Light • 1468 would keep me warm during all the heavy shoveling, snowshoeing, amazingly beautiful outdoor winter days which I love to get outside during :)

  31. Jodi says:

    I’ve been wearing SmartWool for a few years now but really want to try Darn Tough instead!
    Micro Crew Cushion 1466 in chocolate looks great!

  32. Dan S. says:

    I like the ATC boot sock. Not only does it look comfy but I like how part of the proceeds go to help preserve the Appalachian Trail.

  33. Michael Maruska says:

    These socks look great! Especially 1465 hunt/fish.

  34. Greg says:

    Being a runner, the Coolmax® 1414 appears to have the cushion I need. Thanks for the site reference.


  35. Mark G. says:

    I love that they carry “no show” socks. These are my favorite kind!!

    ifindbargains at gmail dot com

  36. Dylan says:

    Over the knee men’s full cushion ski socks baby!

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