Pros: Compression fit, padded and felted common blister areas
Cons: Left and Right not interchangeable, not a race boot fit.
These socks require a bit of work on the purchaser's part: measuring the calf at the boot line before ordering.
When they first arrive the socks have an ugly, plasticky hand-feel. Plasticky in a grippy sense, so that you wonder if they're ever going to slide into a boot without snagging. Then they feel way too thick to be a proper ski sock.
All of that goes away when you put them on. There is a left and a right, and smoothing the proper areas into place where they belong is not as trivial as on some other socks (e.g. Eurosocks or Wigwam Whispers (previously known as Ultimax Ultralites)). Once smoothed into place, you notice that these have thicker, felted material around the ankle bones and surrounding the Achilles tendon. This feels very similar to woolen ski socks. The areas that are black in the picture to right are considerably thinner material.
Sliding into a boot is a lot smoother than woolen socks and surprisingly easy considering how grippy the material felt to the hand.
Longer term: if you got the measurement right, there is no skin impression at the top of the sock like happens with some compression socks. Then you notice that perspiration wicking is a lot better with these than with most woolen socks and a lot of synthetic ski socks. These wick better than Underarmour ski socks, much better than Eurosocks, and far, far better than Thorlos.
Overall: I /definitely/ want to wear these on XC or skinning days. I'm going to use my thinner socks on regular lift-served days.
16 CFR 255 notice: These were purchased through a promotional pricing program. They were not a gift.