Skiing and Snowboarding Socks
Skiing and snowboarding are both one of the greatest joys available to us in life. Acquiring the right skiing and snowboarding socks will save your days in the powder from being ruined by blue, numb, and freezing toes.
When buying skiing and snowboarding socks fit is key. Socks that are too small will reduce circulation, feel uncomfortable, reduce your control over your foot and may add to coldness. More expensive socks will offer an ergonomic fit that is tailored to your shoe size. Cheaper variants tend to be a one size fits all design. Even when it is super cold it is important to remember not to wear two pairs of socks. Two pairs of socks will rub and will decrease your overall comfort.
Tube socks tend to be cheaper and more basic. They will feature elasticated tube lining with a sewn toe cap. Tube socks have no left or right foot and will rarely have a top or a bottom. For some, tube socks will be more than adequate, however if you have feet that are susceptible to discomfort you may wish to splash out on an ergonomic option.
Ergonomic socks are shaped to better fit your foot. A better fit means a more comfortable ride. Ergonomic socks are tailored to your feet and therefore have a left and a right side. They are also likely to be bought by half size allowing a better overall fit into your ski boot . If you have endured boot trouble in the past a good fitting sock may be as effective as getting a moulded innersole.
Socks typically come in either wool, merino wool, or synthetics. Wool socks are useful as they are naturally wicking meaning that if your feet sweat then they will stay dry. Merino wool has the added bonus of fighting odour. Commonly modern ski socks are blended, allowing for the warmth and durability of synthetics, as well as incorporating wicking qualities of fabrics such as wool.