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Smartwool PhD ski ultralight vs racer socks??

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I love my PhD ultra lights, and in my opinion they are far superior to Thorlo ultra light socks that I also own, in terms of the fit, feel, weave, durability, and also the smell after skiing.

I am wondering though how PhD racer socks compare to the PhD ultralights. Specifically, I wonder whether the shin and heel padding adds to control and performance on the slopes/gates.

Thanks
post #2 of 17
Never used but they look very much the same as the light.

too me the ultra light is better! no cushion or paddings for any kinda skiing... really think the racer name is a marketing bs!
post #3 of 17
I run a racer in the left boot and ultralight in the right because my boots fit better that way. Learned that trick from Gunner at Granite Chief. Each foot fits differently. I notice no difference in performance or control due to the socks, but the difference in fit is surprising.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
So the racer version is the same ultralight but with a little cushion in the ankle and shin areas? I have a bit of room around the ankle and my shins get sore after 3-4 hrs of hard skiing. I might order a pair and try them. My feet are pretty symmetrical but that's an interesting trick.

I'm not sure it's marketing per se, as the price is almost identical. I think of it more as product diversification.
Edited by nochaser - 1/30/14 at 7:35am
post #5 of 17

I notice no difference in fit. Since shin bang isn't a problem for me I don't get any benefit from the racers, but perhaps they might last a little longer.

post #6 of 17

Smartwool PhD mediums are the warmest most comfortable things ever if you have the room for them. The Ultralights feel like business socks to me.

post #7 of 17
Racer is padding on shin and padded heel
post #8 of 17

I wear the Ultralight on the left foot, and the Racer on the right.  My right foot is lower volume, so the partially padded Racer fills out the boot  better.  Both are great socks.

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

I love my PhD ultra lights, and in my opinion they are far superior to Thorlo ultra light socks that I also own, in terms of the fit, feel, weave, durability, and also the smell after skiing.

I am wondering though how PhD racer socks compare to the PhD ultralights. Specifically, I wonder whether the shin and heel padding adds to control and performance on the slopes/gates.

Thanks
 


Are any of these as thin as those Thorlo Ultra lights?  I have 2 pair of the Thorlos for at least 8 years. They are always my go to socks until a boot starts packing out. They are paper thin now, which I need.  Would love to find something similar made of Merino.

post #10 of 17

Have you tried the  Thorlo S1TOU ?

post #11 of 17

have you ever tried Darn Tough?

post #12 of 17
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Would love to find something similar made of Merino.

Point 6.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have a pair of Thorlo ultra lights. Good socks. PhD ultra lights? Grrrrrrreat socks. Made of merino wool as thin as thorlo's if not thinner. A pair costs $14-15 on the net. Never tried Darn Tough. Are they better than PhD's?
post #14 of 17
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I have a pair of Thorlo ultra lights. Good socks. PhD ultra lights? Grrrrrrreat socks. Made of merino wool as thin as thorlo's if not thinner. A pair costs $14-15 on the net. Never tried Darn Tough. Are they better than PhD's?

 

My Thorlos must have be worn thin or something. I picked up a pair of PhD ultra lights and they are twice as thick as the Thorlos. Put my feet right to sleep trying to use them.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

I have a pair of Thorlo ultra lights. Good socks. PhD ultra lights? Grrrrrrreat socks. Made of merino wool as thin as thorlo's if not thinner. A pair costs $14-15 on the net. Never tried Darn Tough. Are they better than PhD's?

 

My Thorlos must have be worn thin or something. I picked up a pair of PhD ultra lights and they are twice as thick as the Thorlos. Put my feet right to sleep trying to use them.

 

I've been using brand new S1TOUs (as a replacement for the old Wigwam Ultimax), and had the same experience with the PhDs.

post #16 of 17

Last year I developed a little shin bang. I wore Smartwool PhD socks. The PhD Race had shin padding so I though they might give me some relief. My boot fit wouldn’t tolerate the extra padding in the foot areas. I saw Darn Tough Padded Ultra thin socks as a possible alternative, tried them and never went back to Smartwool.

post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by hunter7 View Post
 

Last year I developed a little shin bang. I wore Smartwool PhD socks. The PhD Race had shin padding so I though they might give me some relief. My boot fit wouldn’t tolerate the extra padding in the foot areas. I saw Darn Tough Padded Ultra thin socks as a possible alternative, tried them and never went back to Smartwool.

Been thinking about those padded darn toughs, I actually have some serious bruising on my shins from going hard.

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