Gear Test: CEP Hiking Light Merino Mid Cut Compression Socks

We’re out there in the thick of it with the CEP Hiking Light Merino Mid Cut Compression Socks, putting these compression socks to the test.

Highlights of the CEP Hiking Light Merino Mid Cut Compression Socks

Initial Thoughts on the CEP Hiking Compression Socks

Compression socks are a game-changer when it comes to increasing performance and decreasing muscle soreness on long hikes. With this technology in mind, the Hiking Light Merino Mid Cut Compression Socks by CEP use a unique merino wool blend to target your ankles with 15-20 mmHg compression through your foot and arch, and 22 mmHg graduated compression from the ankle up to allow for maximum performance during longer days on trail.

The socks feature strategically placed padding to minimize blisters, and are designed with a blend of 76% Polyamide, 12% Merino Wool, and 12% Spandex that provides comfort, durability, and temperature regulation for your foot.

Pros Cons
  • Extra padding in blister-prone areas of the foot.
  • The increased compression in the socks make these somewhat challenging and uncomfortable to both put on and take off.
  • Merino wool blend increases comfort and breathability, whole decreasing overall weight of the sock.
  • They fit perfectly. 15 – 22 mmHg compression level.
  • “Low maintenance ownership” that allows these socks to retain their performance even when machine-washed and dried.

See the CEP Hiking Light Merino Mid Cut Compression Socks

What do you think of the CEP Hiking Compression Socks? Have you tested these yourself? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

Colleen Goldhorn

Colleen Goldhorn is an outdoor industry creative who is based in Montana's beautiful Bitterroot Valley. She has hiked over 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and continues to be an avid hiker, backpacker, and adventure seeker throughout the Rocky Mountains. Colleen owns a creative studio which specializes in design, photography, and writing for outdoor brands. Her work can be viewed at, or on Instagram. Review Policy: We do not accept payments or gifts from brands and vendors, and strive to provide unbiased, independent advice. Brands typically provide review samples which we return, and in some cases we purchase the item so we can keep using it long after the review.

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