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post #61 of 80

another vote here for darn tough ultra lights. A phenomenal sock, very dense knitting but smooth and warm.

post #62 of 80

I like Darn Tough socks, especially since I called them about a warranty question once, and the guy that answered said (nearly quoting here) "Sir the answer to darn near every warranty coverage question is Darn Right!".

 

Old Smartwool socks last forever, the newer ones are generally disposable junk.

 

For colder weather biking, I have three pair of thicker (gasp!), 7-year old Bridgedale socks that I don't think I could wear out with a bench grinder, but I don't see this brand around much anymore, and am unsure whether they make ski-specific socks.

post #63 of 80
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Originally Posted by HRPufnStf View Post
 

I like Darn Tough socks, especially since I called them about a warranty question once, and the guy that answered said (nearly quoting here) "Sir the answer to darn near every warranty coverage question is Darn Right!".

 

Haha, I love those socks too.  The pair I got last season is so damn comfortable I wish I could wear them to work.

post #64 of 80

bump for a new sock order.

 

 

My liners have finally compressed enough to accommodate a (strategically) padded (seamless) sock. I guess these are L/R specific, and the obnoxious red was the only color available. Not that anyone will ever see these except maybe when I'm booting/un-booting in the parking lot, but the obnoxious tone does perfectly match my on-screen persona.

post #65 of 80

I've been skiing those red socks all season, I love them.  The blacks are a bit thicker and my feet sweat more in those.

post #66 of 80
I have 3 pairs of "ski socks". One pair is some thicker green winter socks that work fine if I want a little tighter fit in my boot. I have some Thorlos expert black diamond socks that are probably just thin socks with skins and black diamond on the package but they work fine. The third pair is just a thin pair of red/blue striped socks.

I only notice a difference when I'm putting them on. After that they are all the same.
post #67 of 80
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bump for a new sock order.




My liners have finally compressed enough to accommodate a (strategically) padded (seamless) sock. I guess these are L/R specific, and the obnoxious red was the only color available. Not that anyone will ever see these except maybe when I'm booting/un-booting in the parking lot, but the obnoxious tone does perfectly match my on-screen persona.

That's a Darn Tootin' red. Now excuse me while I go milk the cows. Darn Betsy been actin' up.
post #68 of 80
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That's a Darn Tootin' red. Now excuse me while I go milk the cows. Darn Betsy been actin' up.


You are just jealous because you know they will make me faster.

post #69 of 80
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Originally Posted by HRPufnStf View Post
 

For colder weather biking, I have three pair of thicker (gasp!), 7-year old Bridgedale socks that I don't think I could wear out with a bench grinder, but I don't see this brand around much anymore, and am unsure whether they make ski-specific socks.

 

Lots of ski specific sock options by Bridgedale.  http://www.bridgedale.com/mens

 

I've been alternating Bridgedale's thinnest ski sock (the Ultra Fit) with the Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Cushion sock (boots fit only with really thin socks).  Really like both and have not been able to identify a performance difference between the two.

post #70 of 80

I used to wear the SmartWool's, and as someone else said, they're disposable junk now.  Comfy and warm at first, but wear through extremely fast.

 

Before Christmas I told my wife that I had seen some ski socks at TJ Maxx.  She picked me up two pair for Christmas, a thinner pair and a thicker pair.  I don't know what brand they are, or if they're even the same brand.  I think they cost $7/pair, the package said they may have cosmetic defects, but I couldn't find any.  The thinner pair comes up about 2" above my boot top, the thicker ones come up to my knee.

 

I've been pleasantly surprised, and I've skied about 15 9-hour days (well, 7 after lunch/breaks) with them..  They're comfy and warm, and don't really show any wear yet.  I've skied two days this season that had wind chill temps in the -30, -40 range, and with the thicker socks, and no warmers, my feet did not get cold (although we only stayed out for 5 runs or so, then went in to warm up).  If it's warmer than maybe 15-20 out, I'll wear the thin ones.

post #71 of 80
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You are just jealous because you know they will make me faster.

That's true. Now try to make perfect short radius turns. Yer gonna kill yer darn knees.
post #72 of 80

I wear thin socks. Point 6 have performed the best for me over the years. :Ott 

post #73 of 80
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Originally Posted by MT Skull View Post

bump for a new sock order.




My liners have finally compressed enough to accommodate a (strategically) padded (seamless) sock. I guess these are L/R specific, and the obnoxious red was the only color available. Not that anyone will ever see these except maybe when I'm booting/un-booting in the parking lot, but the obnoxious tone does perfectly match my on-screen persona.
So it seems padded socks are not the best way to take up slop in yer boot fit.

Just for shits an giggles, I tried swapping out the stock Dalbello/Intuition liner with a straight up after-market Intuition Powerwrap that I had in my old boots.

The Powerwrap takes up all the slop, and has a more textured inner fabric that means less slippage=back to ultra-thin (grey) Darn Toughs, and power-steering for the hoofins!

One pair of padded are still in the original packaging, and will go back to bc.com to exchange for another pair of ultra-lights; the other pair might be good for snowshoeing, or cow milking.

I knew there was a reason I hung onto those powerwraps; only have two seasons, and definitely thicker than the ID's that came with the KR2 Fusions, maybe a little stiffer too.

Still have my last two pair of kryptons for spare buckles, cables, and other miscellaneous parts. I may be a hoarder.
post #74 of 80
My boot fitter @miketsc put me in eurosocks, the ultra light version. That's all I've ever used and they've all held up well.
post #75 of 80
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 I used to wear the SmartWool's, and as someone else said, they're disposable junk now.  Comfy and warm at first, but wear through extremely fast.

 

Honestly...how do you guys wear out ski socks? I ski 150 days a year, and I have socks that are 10 years old that are still good-as-new, with untold numbers of days of skiing in them. I wear wool, pretty much exclusively, and have no problem with most good brands--including SmartWool, Point 6, IceBreaker, and (yes, my favorite too) DarnTough. They get washed every day, and I haven't seen any of these "wear through." Ever. 

 

I suppose it could be a boot fit issue. I'll admit that my feet do not move inside my boots--at all. If your heels lift, or your feet slide around, I suppose that could be hard on socks. I also do not wear ski socks for anything but skiing, and I never walk around in just my ski socks (without boots, that is  :cool). 

 

Most important--more important, in my opinion, than brand--is fit and thickness. Especially if you wear high-performance, close-fitting boots, a little difference in sock thickness can make your boots unwearable. Merino sheep grow the wool for all Merino wool socks, and they don't know or care which brand of socks their wool is going to be used for. Some brands (DarnTough, for example) do tend to knit the wool tighter and more densely, which I like. But once you find a brand and model that fits well, buy a few pairs, take good care of them, make sure your boots fit well, and they should last a long time!

 

Best regards,

Bob Barnes

 

(Wow--I can't believe I've degenerated to the level of commenting on a sock thread!)

post #76 of 80

^^^ You've got it... swimming around in sloppy boots wears out socks..  Also sock skating around the lodge or ski house is tough on them.  When you're booting up in a locker room every day instead of sharing a lodge with a million others you end up walking around in ski socks a little more.

post #77 of 80
Actually I move my foot directly from one boot into another, whether at home or in the locker room. I don't want my socks touching the floor.
post #78 of 80
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Actually I move my foot directly from one boot into another, whether at home or in the locker room. I don't want my socks touching the floor.


My point exactly.. When you park in a satellite lot it's just too much trouble to try and bring your boots and skis on the shuttle buses.  So, when you take a break and kick off your boots with nothing else to put on, then people come wanting to share the crowded table and you have to get up and walk around some.. yada yada yada.. poor people skiing wears out socks..  It's a huge hassle to try and bring a boot bag or hang your boots on a string over your shoulder when you're parking in the satellite lot and riding the shuttle bus.  Add kids in to the mix and you either leave the boots on all day at breaks or risk stepping on wet carpet ending up with soggy socks... which wear out quicker when they go back in to the boots for the rest of the day soggy.  Perhaps a spare pair of socks in the jacket pocket might be worth considering?.. hummm... naw

post #79 of 80
Come here, walk to lodge, less than a block. Ride empty shuttle bus if you get here late. Plenty of room. ;-)
post #80 of 80
Some days I go straight from the house, drive 12 miles to the mountain, and have already soaked my socks with sweat. Other days have skied 2-3 hrs, then worked the rest of the day in ski socks.

Whatever. Nice to have re-discovered my old liners and thin socks, but could almost ski with boots unbuckled, NTTATWWT. I like paper-thin cycling socks too!

Darn Tough makes a really sweet thin merino cycling sock, but Castelli is still my fave. Hmm, Castelli ski socks?
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