75 reasons to love the West

The top people, places, things, and trends that make us happy to live here now

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Best. Socks. Ever.
Jeffery Cross

Best. Socks. Ever.

No self-respecting Westerner wants hiking socks with heels that turn to cheesecloth after a season or two. Founded by Coloradans Peter and Patty Duke (who created SmartWool in 1994), Point6 makes merino wool socks that are improbably durable, with compact-spun yarns that refuse to pill—even after years of hiking, biking, and market-going. Hiking Tech socks, $17; point6.com

More: Top 45 hikes in the West

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