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Darn Tough Made ’80s Socks That Feel Way Better Than ’80s Socks


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As we noted last week, the ’80s are simultaneously a time of misguided memories and some truly standout developments. And who can forget the majesty of long striped tube socks, such a staple of schoolyards and summer camps back in the day? One thing we also can’t forget though: how sweaty and scratchy and flimsy a lot of those socks were. Thankfully, Darn Tough has revived that style alongside a whole new standard of quality with their new Element Crew Light Cushion socks.

Available now in the two colorways shown above, the Elements channel old-school aesthetics but won’t fall apart after one too many tennis court stunts. Instead, they boast all the qualities that make Darn Tough socks great, including breathable, comfortable merino wool, fine-gauge knitting for unmatched durability and undetectable seam fusion for a fantastic feel. Yes, they’re a little pricier than your average 5-pack of tube socks, but throw in DT’s lifetime guarantee and the cost is pretty easy to justify. Heck, we’re wearing them right now and fighting the urge to go ahead and jump right here in the office.

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Steve Mazzucchi

Steve Mazzucchi is Gear Patrol’s outdoors and fitness editor. Outside the office, you can find him mountain biking, snowboarding, motorcycling or sipping a dram of Laphroaig and daydreaming about such things.

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