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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

So you experts out there - what socks do you generally wear when skiing (if you wear a pair!). I have ski socks that I bought and they are supposedly legit socks for the sport. I usually have no problems with them but I was skiing more intensely this weekend (perhaps I buckled too tightly but I didn't think so - they felt good), but my lower shins were in quite a bit of pain and when I took my boots off I saw I had these horrible imprints wrapping around both calves on my legs from my socks. And I skiied on Sunday... and they're still here on Thursday. It's quite embarrassing but it's the truth... so lay it on me! What am I doing wrong? Or is it a simple fix of trying new socks? th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

Cheers,

Lisa

post #2 of 26

Boot prints are sort of an expected result of tight (good fitting) boots, especially if you don't ski every week/couple of days.  It can be especially severe for men as the hair gets worn off (pulled out) of the shins and calves the first hard hitting day of the seasonhopmad.gif

 

Loosening them (top buckles) up a touch and/or going with slightly thicker socks will reduce it some, may also reduce your feel of the ski some. 

post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 

Ohh really?! I had no idea! I usually ski every weekend if I can for a few hours but this past weekend I went for much longer and harder than usual. Thanks for some insight, I really do appreciate it!

 

And for the ladies, that bad result for men... means less shaving for us! :-P

 

Best,

Lisa

post #4 of 26


I wear silk liner socks. I've tried skiing with no socks, but that tends (a) to make the boots smell and (b) to turn removing boots into an elaborate struggel.
 

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Originally Posted by music gal View Post

... when I took my boots off I saw I had these horrible imprints wrapping around both calves on my legs from my socks...



Sounds like you're saying there's an imprint in your skin that matches a textured pattern (ribs, or something?) on the socks. If so: those are not good ski socks! While some people do like to wear somewhat thicker socks, they should be smooth, with no significant texture or ribs or anything like that. I once made the mistake of wearing ribbed cotton athletic socks because I was on a trip and didn't have anything else. Great regret ensued.

 

post #5 of 26

What socks are you currently using?  Do you have professionally fitted boots?  My wife and I are partial to Thorlo High Performance Ski Socks and Eurosocks Ski Superlite.  There are plenty of other recommendations floating around these forums.

post #6 of 26

Just to add to this... do make sure your socks come above your boots and fit snugly with no folds or creases that can create pressure points around the foot, heels and up the legs.  My favorite socks are Darn Tough or Smart Wool ski socks (ultra light weight or light weight).  If you wear an intermediate or sport fit boot then feel free to get the medium weight.  Smart wool ski socks have a little extra thickness on the shins to help protect you there.

post #7 of 26

i wear either smartwool or icebreaker (both merino wool) and both have all the different panels supposedly designed for skiing. 

One thing is new, sometime the sock's ribbing/fibers are a little stiff so does leave some marks.

After they go through the wash once, the fibers fuzz up and then they feel soft.

post #8 of 26

Alpaca has quickly grown into my favorite sock material. Dahlgren Sno Comp socks are a nice alpaca-merino blend. Alpaca is softer than merino and super comfortable. And supposedly it's warmer, too, so the socks are very thin but still warm.

 

 

post #9 of 26

LS might be on to something.  Some folks (lots of folks) have problems with the way their thermal bottoms and socks overlap.  Some people actually cut the base layer legs off just below the knee.  Now they sell 3/4 lengths I believe. 

post #10 of 26

I tend to go with Thorlo or Smartwool's PhD socks. I rarely have imprint problems . . . at least not for the length of time you do.

 

And +1 on the 3/4 length base layer. For me, either that or a really thin bottom on the base-layer is a must. I have more of an issue with base layer cuffs/hems than with socks.

post #11 of 26

Another thread on socks???  DSloan, don't you have a phd?, thus the socks?

Because of thread duplication, you're getting a nother how to video.

Here's Nate:

 

robobeamer                                                                                                           http://youtu.be/ogpGMkEnZv8

post #12 of 26

When I get my new long underwear first thing I do is cut the bottom 1/3 off . Socks I wear are as thin as I can find smooth dress socks. I never have cold feet

LS and the rest must have more cash then me

post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

When I get my new long underwear first thing I do is cut the bottom 1/3 off . Socks I wear are as thin as I can find smooth dress socks. I never have cold feet

LS and the rest must have more cash then me



Tell your sugar momma to start coughing up the cash!!! Maybe you can get some NEW BOOTS then, too.

 

(whomp whomp)

post #14 of 26

Guys, as DSloan says, they make the bottoms in 3/4 length so you don't have to chop them off. They work better that way. (Neanderthals....)cool.gif

A Few:

http://www.backcountry.com/mens-lightweight-long-underwear-bottoms

 

Product BK.jpg LPBLK.jpg BK.jpg
Product Name Mammut All-Year 3/4 Pant - Men's Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Legless Pant - Men's Helly Hansen Dry 3/4 Pant- Men's
Fit form fit    
Insulation   midweight lightweight
Insulation Weight lightweight    
Manufacturer Warranty lifetime   lifetime
Material [body] 78% polyester, 22% merino wool; [paneling] polyester; [waffle backing structure] 75% polyester, 25% merino wool merino wool LIFA
Recommended Use skiing, alpine climbing, backpacking skiing, snowboarding, hiking skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering
Description The Mammut Men’s All-Year ¾ Pant gives you four-season moisture management for everything from backpacking to backcountry skiing. The Icebreaker Men's BodyFit200 Legless Pant is a ¾-length merino wool pant that's designed specifically for layering with winter boots. The wicking Helly Hansen Men’s ¾ Pants stop above your calves, so you don’t have another layer in your already-tight ski boots.
Price $54.95 $55.96 $44.95

 

 
 

 

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Summary Eliminates annoying bunching or pinching in your hiking, tramping or mountaineering boots. A great baselayer for cold conditions and snowsports. 3/4 length leggings for serious boot-wearing occasions. Perfect if you don't want extra layers underneath your boots.

 

post #15 of 26

Sugar Momma got new boots this year and also took my truck up North for the winter. I am sending her cash tomorrow. Some how I thought this should work the other way around!!!

Also I cut mine long johns off to totally get rid of any cuffs on my leg, they fit looser and I pay anout 1/4 what those ones cost ( man it must be nice to be rich!!) If I knew how to knit id make my own.

post #16 of 26

Ok OldBoot:

 

DIY: how to make knit pants from boyfriend sweaterhttp://www.azedeblog.com/2011/10/diy-from-boyfriend-sweather-to-knit.html

 

Here's one for socks:

requires sewing machine.

 

   jaliepatterns                                                                               http://youtu.be/nRxt1Bonwhk

post #17 of 26

hijack.gif

 

Arrrrr, blymey.. did I do that mentioning the six bits' longjohns??

post #18 of 26

I wrecked the other longjohn thread sayin I wear jeans folding a cuff/flap above the boot to my knee between longjohns and ski pants sometimes..

joe-49cc5136-bck.jpg

 

Like my shoes?roflmao.gif

post #19 of 26

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I wrecked the other longjohn thread sayin I wear jeans folding a cuff/flap above the boot to my knee between longjohns and ski pants sometimes..

joe-49cc5136-bck.jpg

 

Like my shoes?roflmao.gif


It might not be safe to say what I like.tongue.gif

 

post #20 of 26

Where's the socks?

This thread is about socks or how the long underwear fit with the socks. Whadya doin' wearin' jeans goin' skiin'? cgrildrt.

 

socks should be calibrated though. these are too short in the tibia.

 

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http://zombify.tumblr.com/post/2676275082/skeleton-socks-nice-wear-for-girls-and-only-18

post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 

LOL thanks everyone for the advice AND humor! I'm going to try a different brand - I always make sure they are thin and go up high. The alpaca ones sound nice and warm! :)

 

 

Best,

Lisa

post #22 of 26

I wear boots with extremely firm custom foamed leather liners. They are very difficult to get into. For socks, I go for smooth and thin. I have a bunch of Thorlos that I bought for my previous pair of boots. They wear like iron, but they're too thick for the current pair of boots. I think the ones I like now are Eurosocks, or something.

 

Anyway, I don't have any trouble with imprinting patterns on my shins, and I generally ski 2-3x per week. Remember that you want your shin to contact the front of your boot, but you don't want to be leaning hard on it all the time. Stand up and be centered in the cuff. My cuffs are tight (can't get any fingers in without considerable deformation of my calf muscle), but I can still stand in my boots so that I'm not leaning on my shins. I want to drive my skis with a light touch whenever possible.

post #23 of 26

The girl in the jeans makes me laugh. A couple of weeks ago a group of girls came into the shop where my buddy was getting his second pair of Fischer Vacumns done, yes he bought two pair so he can keep a pair in Coloado at his place and have a pair here at home too!

 

Anyway , the girl getting the boots had a heck of a time rolling up her jeans (they were pretty tight) so the boot fitter could check her knee and alignment .

post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

The girl in the jeans makes me laugh. A couple of weeks ago a group of girls came into the shop where my buddy was getting his second pair of Fischer Vacumns done, yes he bought two pair so he can keep a pair in Coloado at his place and have a pair here at home too!

 

Anyway , the girl getting the boots had a heck of a time rolling up her jeans (they were pretty tight) so the boot fitter could check her knee and alignment .


First of all, I want your buddy's job.

 

Second, I'm impressed the boot fitter didn't send her home to put on a pair of gym shorts!

 

post #25 of 26

I would have told her to just take her jeans off.  Assuming she was over 18.....lol   yahoo.gif

post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

Where's the socks?

This thread is about socks or how the long underwear fit with the socks. Whadya doin' wearin' jeans goin' skiin'? cgrildrt.

 

socks should be calibrated though. these are too short in the tibia.

 

tumblr_les8apn9qU1qa7avuo1_400.jpg

http://zombify.tumblr.com/post/2676275082/skeleton-socks-nice-wear-for-girls-and-only-18


Definitely need calibration. I'd say you need to see a sockfitter for sure. Make sure they are a masterfit certified fitter too.

 

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