Choosing Socks

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A good pair of socks are vital in the success of a day on the mountain. Spending the day skiing or boarding around with wet feet is uncomfortable and will ensure your feet stink by days end!

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They must be comfortable, adsorb moisture, protect against tears, support your natural posture, keep your feet at a good temperature, distribute pressure, promote circulation, absorb shock, and be tough. With all those requirements, this is no small task!

Almost as important as your ski or snowboard boots, the following are some important factors when selecting the right pair of socks:

  • Moisture: With exertion one foot can sweat 1-2 glasses of fluid per day. This is the reason why moisture absorbing technology in socks is so important.
  • Padding and cushioning: Padding is especially important around bony areas like the heal and ball of the foot. Socks with extra padding in these areas, which are put under the highest pressure, is vital.
  • Temperature: Good snow socks need to be appropriate for their intended use, from a warm sunny day  to a cold and wet day on the mountain. Once in their appropriate environment they should maintain a consistent comfortable temperature.
  • Right material: Although regular 100% wool is a good choice if your feet are usually cold, it can wear quickly, be scratchy, take awhile to dry, and sometimes smell funky when used by itself. But when you combine it (along with its ability to retain heat even when wet) with other materials Merino wool (a finer grade of wool they make nice men’s suits out of) can be a great ingredient for a snow sock. Since the right complementary materials help to soften, reinforce, and wick.

The best socks for a day at the snow keeps the sweat at bay, cushion impacts you may experience and are resilient to tearing. Which sock you choose depends on your own personal preference, just ensure you remember how important a good pair of socks really are.

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September 13th, 2010

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