“Wicking” means “not absorbent” in every case. Gross. Avoid. Unless you are a professional cyclist or soccer player who expects to be fully saturated by sweat and you need your socks to act as a capillary pump to squish the pooling liquid out of your shoes as you walk or run, the marketing claim of “wicking” should be a flag that you’re going to need extra bleach and double the deodorant.
Source: Have co-workers that wear these synthetics all the time, and every one of them smells like a peat bog with a dead body in it.