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Wearing cotton while hiking is not an option. Check out these quick guide to which socks are your best bet to hit the trail in.

Best hiking tips for women hikers are built around the reality that hiking females have different needs and approach hiking differently than the guys.

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After my blisters healed, I switched from taping my heels with duct tape to something called Leukotape. Not only is it tougher than duct tape, but it is stickier too and you can wear it for days at a time without having to replace it. That’s especially good on winter hiking and mountaineering trips when your feet sweat under gaiters and multiple layers of socks and you want tape that will stay stuck.

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With Women's Smartwool Hiking Socks, there's no itching, no scratching. Your feet don't sweat, they don't stink ... best of all they don't complain!

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Yes, they look funky, chunky and thoroughly fun. They're made almost entirely of soft, moisture-wicking, naturally odor-resistant Merino wool - a huge treat for feet.

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What kind of footwear should you wear hiking? How about running a trail? What kind of boots should you wear when carrying a heavy pack? These tips will help you match the right footwear to your activity:

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