Sock Buyers Guide



Materials


The majority of ski & snowboard socks are a blend of several performance fabrics to give the best comfort, warmth & breathability in a variety of conditions. Steer clear of your average, cotton gym sock & look for materials to include;

Acrylic - manmade, flexible fiber that can substitute the warmth of wool for those who are allergic. Microfiber acrylic will feel the softest

Elastic - stretchy manmade material used to keep socks comfortable & in place

Lycra - another material with long-lasting stretch to aid in fit, comfort, & flexibility

Nylon - durable synthetic fiber often used to reinforce areas prone to wear

Polyester - comfortable synthetic fiber with superior moisture wicking ability. The higher the denier, the softer the feel.

Silk - lightweight, natural fiber that retains heat. Moderately durable & capable of wicking moisture

Spandex - resilient, stretch fiber that dries quickly

Wool - warm & natural fiber that also effectively wicks away moisture. Merino wool is made from the finest fibers for a soft, no-itch texture.


Features


Anti-microbial - fights odor-causing bacteria& microorganisms

Arch Support - strong, stretch panels on the instep give added support throughout the day

Articulated Heel - socks that have a visibly curved heel when lying flat will be easier to pull on & more comfortable

Contoured - each sock can be specifically-contoured to fit your left or right foot

Flat Seams - smooth stitching, especially on the toe minimizes irritation & painful pressure points

Padding - look for thicker panels on the shin and underneath the heel & toe to cushion pressure from boots or impact from landings

Reinforced Toe & Heel - added layers & stitching in these areas will help resist abrasion & holes that result from frequent use


Weight


A winter sock's main objective is to keep the foot dry. Moisture, whether it's from wet conditions or perspiration, makes feet feel colder, uncomfortable & more susceptible to blisters. When searching for a good pair of socks, keep in mind that thicker isn't always better. A thin, technical sock that breathes &cushions is much better than a thick, bulky one-you can always add boot heaters or adhesive heating pads if needed. Some other tips for deciding on thickness;

Activity level & personal body temperature are major influencing factors. If you're hiking the park, bombing a slalom course, or just going H.A.M. in general; thin is in. Same goes for anyone who overheats & perspires easily.

Take into consideration the amount of lining & insulation in your boots. Lightweight& flexible bootstend to use thinner construction materials & have more seams, making it easier for cold air to get through.

Lightweight/Thin - great for warm or mildly cold days. Offer the best breathability &moisture wicking

Medium-weight - safe choice for varying conditions. Versatile & breathable while also providing decent insulation

Heavy/Thick - best for extremely cold days, but be careful that they're still breathable & not bulky

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Gender


Because women's' feet tend to be narrower & their calves are shorter, they'll find the best fit from a pair designed especially for women.


Care


A quality pair of socks can make or break your day on the hill, so once you find your match you'll want to keep them forever. Wash your socks inside out on a gentle cycle & let them air-dry. The intense heat from a dryer can remove any protective finishes and cause the fibers to deteriorate more rapidly.


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