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Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro Review

A synthetic full-length sock with decent durability and a drying speed that excels in wet weather
wigwam hiking outdoor pro hiking socks review
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Price:  $17 List | $15.40 at Amazon
Pros:  Quick to dry, accommodates a liner, comfortable cushioning
Cons:  Loose fit, lacks compression paneling, loses wicking capabilities in cold weather
Manufacturer:   Wigwam
By Amber King and Jon Oleson  ⋅  Oct 20, 2022
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  • Comfort - 25% 5.0
  • Wicking and Breathability - 25% 6.0
  • Warmth - 20% 8.0
  • Durability - 20% 7.0
  • Drying Speed - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

We have tested the Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro sock for years, and it continues to demonstrate excellent performance. Of all contenders, this sock is better suited for warmer wet conditions due to its incredible wicking power and fast-drying speed. It's not the warmest in the coldest of conditions, even though the material feels plush and warm when dry. It comes in a men's and women's specific fit but has no compression panels around the foot, so the fit is looser — the sock tends to slide down and slip when hiking downhill. The upside to this looser design is that one can use an additional liner to provide extra wicking power when the temperature plummets. All in all, this sock is an excellent option if you're looking for synthetic construction.

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Pros Quick to dry, accommodates a liner, comfortable cushioningHighly breathable, comfortable, well-fitted, no itch, excellent wicking power, quick to dry, great cushionHigh wool count, durable, compression fittingGreat value, nice cushioning, soft on the skin, good thermoregulation, unique ventilation stitchingCompression fit, breathable, warm even when wet
Cons Loose fit, lacks compression paneling, loses wicking capabilities in cold weatherSlippery fabric, shorter length, not super warmNot super breathable, toe stitch can be felt when wearingLess wool content, deforms when wet, lacks stand alone warmthCushion compresses easily, not as durable
Bottom Line A synthetic full-length sock with decent durability and a drying speed that excels in wet weatherThis lightweight sock is comfortable, breathable and will keep your feet happy in the heat whether you're under the desert sun or tromping through the tropicsThese are a great cold weather hiking sock that will endure the miles and still offer warmth in your sleeping bag each nightThese Merino blend hikers come in a value pack with 3 pairs, giving you more mileage for your money than pricier optionsA higher wool content makes this a good lightweight hiking sock for wetter conditions
Rating Categories Wigwam Hiking Outdo... Darn Tough Light Hi... REI Co-op Merino Wo... Danish Endurance Un... Icebreaker Hike+ Li...
Comfort (25%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Wicking and Breathability (25%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Warmth (20%)
8.0
3.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
Durability (20%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Drying Speed (10%)
6.0
9.0
3.0
7.0
8.0
Specs Wigwam Hiking Outdo... Darn Tough Light Hi... REI Co-op Merino Wo... Danish Endurance Un... Icebreaker Hike+ Li...
Material 40% Olefin, 36% X2O acrylic, 20% stretch nylon, 4% spandex 54% nylon, 43% Merino wool, 3% Lycra spandex 79% RWS Merino wool, 20% nylon, 1% Lycra spandex 30% Merino wool, 36% nylon, 33% acrylic, 1% elastane 61% wool, 37% nylon, 2% Lycra spandex
Sock Thickness Midweight Lightweight Heavyweight Midweight Lightweight
Tested Length Lower calf Lower calf Mid-calf Mid-calf Lower calf
Time to Dry 160 min 100 min 200 min 140 min 120 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

Fully synthetic and fairly priced, the Outdoor Pro is a great sock for most seasons. It's comfortable, dries quickly after getting wet, and the looser fit allows for using a liner in colder temps, should you desire.

Performance Comparison


wigwam hiking outdoor pro hiking socks review - the wigwam outdoor pro is a great all around warm to cool weather...
The Wigwam Outdoor Pro is a great all around warm to cool weather hiking sock. The ultra breathable construction will keep your feet cozy and comfortable 3 out of 4 seasons.
Credit: Jon Oleson

Comfort


The Outdoor Pro is cozy and comfortable, but not like Merino wool-blend contenders. Composed of 32% polypropylene, 29% X2O acrylic (designed for odor defense), 23% stretch nylon, 15% polyester, and 1% spandex, this sock feels good on the skin. The material is soft against the skin, with the looped fabric on the interior of the sock making for comfy wear. It also features a unisex fit that works well for both men and women.


While the Outdoor Pro has some elasticity in the material, the sock is quite loose and not very fitted. Compression panels around the ankle and arch of the foot do not exist, which causes the sock to move around while exercising. When hiking on a long day, we found ourselves constantly tugging on the top of the sock to keep it up on our legs. The level of cushioning in the forefoot and heel is not nearly as plush as other socks tested, but enough to carry you on multi-day hikes. If you intend on taking on super technical trails, this isn't our top recommendation, as the sock can slip, resulting in increased friction and potential blisters. However, for less technical trails, we would recommend it wholeheartedly.

wigwam hiking outdoor pro hiking socks review - while it wasn't the most comfortable sock in the line up, we found...
While it wasn't the most comfortable sock in the line up, we found the Wigwam Outdoor Pro to be plenty comfy for lounging around in cool to warm weather. It also provides enough comfort for long day of hiking.
Credit: Jon Oleson

Wicking and Breathability


As the highest-scoring synthetic-blend sock in this review, we love the wicking capabilities and breathability of the Outdoor Pro. Even though the material seems thick in some places, the fabric is not tightly woven, allowing better airflow. On a hot day running in Peru, we anticipated foot sweat and discomfort but were surprised to learn that the fabric breathed easily, keeping our feet dry in temperatures up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, it does not readily absorb water, making it an ideal option for wet weather.


While this sock wicks and breathes quite well in most conditions, it loses performance when it actually gets wet. This is why it doesn't score the highest in this category. On warm days, it does a great job of keeping feet dry and comfortable. When temperatures plummet, however, so does the fabric's wicking capabilities. For example, while splitboarding in Alaska, we found ourselves hiking uphill with our feet getting super hot and slimy, which didn't happen with Merino-wool blends. Sometimes, synthetic socks can have that "plastic bag" feel, and this one is no different, although it performs better than most. Overall, we like the Outdoor Pro sock for most conditions. We think it's a great option because of its breathability and water-wicking capabilities. We'd just recommend using a liner on colder days when the mercury dips below zero or switching to a thicker sock.

wigwam hiking outdoor pro hiking socks review - the wigwam outdoor pro's construction features a thinner instep...
The Wigwam Outdoor Pro's construction features a thinner instep fabric for breathability and large thread coils that help move moisture away from the foot.
Credit: Jon Oleson

Warmth


For a synthetic sock, the Outdoor Pro is surprisingly warm in a variety of conditions. It retained its insulating properties in both wet and dry tests, though it didn't retain as much heat as Merino-wool blend contenders. Overall, it's not our first choice. One tester noticed after a long workday crammed into farm boots that his feet were a bit more clammy than with the wool-blend contenders.


Wool socks keep your feet warm in both wet and dry conditions. In dry tests, the synthetic Outdoor Pro provided enough insulation for sufficient performance. Ultimately we preferred a wool sock for the snow, though. Our testing showed that this fully synthetic sock did not stand up to the Merino wool blends for warmth during wintry activities. It still provides average performance in temperatures that are above freezing.

wigwam hiking outdoor pro hiking socks review - a look at the plush padding on the wigwam outdoor pro that offers...
A look at the plush padding on the Wigwam Outdoor Pro that offers decent warmth in most conditions.
Credit: Jon Oleson

Durability


We were satisfied with the durability of the Outdoor Pro hiking sock. The high-quality polypropylene fibers are generally more durable than Merino wool. The looser stitch is the only reason these tested a bit lower on the durability scale. After stretching them out, putting them through the grime, and testing them over all kinds of terrain, our test pair still looked like new.


While other hiking socks in our lineup pilled or showed some form of wear and tear in areas of high use, this sock showed little to none. After 60 miles, the fabric didn't stretch out (beyond the already looser design), and there was no pilling. The breathability and wicking power of the Outdoor Pro also stayed strong. Not only that, but some of our testers have owned a pair of these socks (or similar from Wigwam) that have lasted well over six years. Even though this model only comes with a two-year guarantee, the construction is impressive.

wigwam hiking outdoor pro hiking socks review - a look at the wigwam outdoor pro right-side-out and inside-out...
A look at the Wigwam Outdoor Pro right-side-out and inside-out. After many miles the cushion shows little compaction and they survived all our durability tests with minimum wear. These are an all around great 3-season hiking sock, especially if you're in the market for a fully synthetic design.
Credit: Jon Oleson

Drying Speed


We are impressed with this sock's ability to dry. This isn't surprising, though, as synthetic fibers can wick and dry faster than organic fibers. In our dryer tests, the Outdoor Pro was one of the quickest to dry in its class. In our field tests, we observed the same trend, drying even more quickly than a thinner synthetic contender. Drying this sock out on a rock (after being drenched in a river) took just under two hours on a hot summer day in the sun.


We would recommend this hiker for not-too-technical multi-day adventures where you might encounter rain, creek crossings, and more. Its fast-drying speed will allow you to have dry feet the next day.

wigwam hiking outdoor pro hiking socks review - skiing the sweeping coloirs of the alaskan range is a great place...
Skiing the sweeping coloirs of the Alaskan range is a great place for this hiker. Take it with you on any winter or summer mission. Just make sure to use a liner in the case of extreme cold.
Credit: Jared Vilhauer

Should You Buy the Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro?


If you're looking for a synthetic sock for your next adventure, the Outdoor Pro is a versatile choice. It will perform well in a wide range of conditions. It'll keep your feet comfortable and dry in the heat and fairly warm in the cold, though we'd recommend a thicker option if temperatures are frigid (or a sock liner). The Outdoor Pro is quick to dry, so a good choice if you are planning to encounter a lot of moisture in warmer weather. We grew to love this sock as a good choice for day hikes in the shoulder seasons when daytime temperatures are still warm but not sweltering, and there's that first bit of nip to the nighttime air. There are many reasons why this sock earned an award. At such an affordable price, we see no reason not to give it a try.

What Other Hiking Socks Should You Consider?


If you're in the market for a synthetic sock, none in our lineup are as plush as the Outdoor Pro. That said, the APRIME Eco-Cafe Crew is fully synthetic and performed well enough to be recommended for day hikes. It was a late addition to our testing and piqued our interest because it's made from fabrics created from spent coffee grounds. It has sufficient cushioning to keep your feet happy on light hikes, although it proved to be less breathable than the Outdoor Pro. If you're game to purchase Merino wool, our favorite all-around sock is the Darn Tough Hiker Full Cushion.

Amber King and Jon Oleson
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