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Shearing Force- This happens when your tissue is moving in opposite directions, like when jumping over a stream, or descending a steep slope. Part of your skin is moving one way and tissue under it another, this causes a tearing action just under surface of skin. This is most common way of getting blisters.
Temperature- Good hiking socks need to be appropriate for their intended use, from a warm weather day hike to a week-long mountaineering trip. Once in their appropriate environment they should maintain a consistent comfortable temperature.
Like a shoe or boot your hiking socks should be matched to type of hiking you'll be doing.
Liners- Thin socks called liners are made to be worn under your hiking socks next to your skin so they can wick moisture away and keep your feet dry...
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