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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Most of the time my feet are warm, but sometimes I find them getting cold. I have two pairs of medium-thin socks. I usally only wear one pair of socks. I have worn them together before, but my fiance told me that it is better to only wear one pair. He says that thin socks are good, because if I wear thick socks my feet will sweat more and get cold.

What brand/type of socks do you all wear? What have you found best for keeping your feet warm?

post #2 of 19
Originally Posted by lilskeer fiance told me that it is better to only wear one pair. He says that thin socks are good, because if I wear thick socks my feet will sweat more and get cold.
More to the point, wearing more than one pair or a pair that is too thick can cut off circulation in your foot if your boots are fitted well (too much added volume in a limited space). Cutting off circulation is the quickest and surest way to get cold feet. That is why many of the more experienced skiers wear only a very thin sock (or even none at all). It really does work - assuming your boots are fitted properly.
post #3 of 19
X-socks. Best for me.
post #4 of 19
Ultimax and Smart Wool (both in the super thin ski versions) are popular in my house. As is true in almost every thread around here - boot fit is everything...
post #5 of 19
Several tricks I've learned over the years about keeping feet warm.
1- one pair of thin socks made of wool/nylon and polypro or outlast. Be sure these are the socks you wear when boots are fitted. Buy several pair of the same sock so you have fresh ones every day on a trip. They will last for many years if this is the only time you wear them.( My favorite. Wigwam utra light ski socks.)
2- DO NOT leave boots in the car over night or during the work day. Frozen boots lead to frozen feet.
3- Dry your boot liner after every use. Feet sweat even when they feel cold. The moisture is aborbed by the boot liner and then works like a radiator to suck heat from your foot. There are several products sold just for this purpose. I've also used a hair dryer and the furnace vent in the house. (Caution- excesive heat can damage boot or liner.)
4- Spray your feet with anti persperant to reduce sweating.
5- Put on fresh socks as you put on the boots. Toasty feet on the way to the slopes means damp socks before you even started skiing.
6- If feet prespire a lot, put on fresh socks at lunch.
7- Occasionaly pull the liner out of the boot to dry the inside of the shell. I've found as much as a teaspoon of water under the zepa(sp?) whether from condensed persperation or leakage I'm not sure. I am sure it did not add warmth. This usually follows warm days when feet were toasty.
8- Some boot models have heaters built in. With Technica it's not to heat while skiing, but to warm on the way to the slopes or dry afterward. My Icon's have been plugged in approx. 30 times/year the last 2 years and it works as advertised. This feature also allows custom molding of the liner to your foot.
9- Custom insoles help. The better the boot fits the less they need to be buckeled tight leading to restricted circulation
10-Where more on top. The warmer the body, the warmer the extremities.

Hopefully at least one of these will help. I employ all but the anti persperant.
post #6 of 19
The liner in the boot should provide enough insulation, especially if you normally only wear the single pair. A suggestion that will help you on those really cold days is to keep your head warmer by wearing a hat, helmet, hood. (Most of the heat loss we experience is through our head not our feet.)
Another trick I learned is to keep your cheeks warm. The nerves there send a signal to the brain that in turn causes less warm blood to reach the extremities. This is the body's attempt to save the core of the body, even if that means sacrificing the extremities. Even though we know we can go inside before getting too cold, the body does not. So to fool the body, all we need to do is keep those nerves warm enough to maintain warm blood flowing to the extremities. It might mess up your make up but on cold days you will stay warmer.
One final though is that women are usually more succeptable to exposure and hypothermia because they are smaller. Don't be afraid to go inside sooner.
Addition in editing: A covering on the boots or heaters in the boots are additional ways to help you keep your feet warmer.
post #7 of 19


The only thing that should be in a boot is a sock .... nothing else and keep all of that other junk outside too (underwear bottoms, pants and powder skirts).
post #8 of 19
I like the DeFeet socks.

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post #9 of 19
The thinest sock liner I can find.
post #10 of 19
x-socks (again).
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I will have to go check out some of those websites + keep the tips in mind
post #12 of 19
I also ski in a thin sock. Good or bad I'm skiing in Thorlos:

I happen to believe that enabling good blood circulation to your feet is a key to keeping them warm. (I also liked Kazooski's comments about keeping your feet dry, too.) A few ideas to help enable good blood circulation to your feet...

* Get ski boots that have been properly fitted to your feet by an expert ski boot fitter. By having your ski boots properly fitted to your feet, your boots won't pinch your feet or lower leg anywhere and potentially cut off your circulation.

A boot fitter is someone who fits ski boots to skiers feet. Not all boots fit all skiers the same. Some boots fit skiers with wide feet better than others, other boots work better for people with big calve muscles, etc. Its very common for a boot fitter to modify a ski boot to help it to fit your feet (and lower leg) properly.

* When my feet start to get cold on the ski slopes, the first thing I do is to check how tight my ski boot buckles are. If after loosen my boot buckles I find myself sliding around in my boots while I"m skiing, then that tells me that I'm not skiing with very good technique. With proper fitting boots and good skiing technique, you should never have to over tighten up your boot's buckles to keep your feet from sliding around inside your boots while you are skiing.

It may not make sense at first, but you should never have to tighten up your ski boot buckles to the point that you have poor blood circulation to your feet.

* Last thoughts on improving blood circulation to your feet: It may help to undo your two lower boot buckles while you are riding on a chair lift. Also, if the chair lift has a foot rest, then using that might help, too.
post #13 of 19
I got some socks from Ric Reiter (vailsnopro) 2 years ago that I really like. They are made by Fox River, and are a blend of merino wool (mostly) and silk. They're thin and because of the silk slide into the boot really easily without bunching up and making wrinkles.
post #14 of 19
I only have cold feet on those below zero days the first two weeks in January when you wonder if you will survive the chair ride. I always wear a helmet, mittens, and a face mask. On those cold days, behind the face mask is a neoprene mask that makes me look like some kind of zombie. I use ThorLo Socks, the thin ones that go up to your knee. I ski with long underwear appropriate to the weather -- on those horrid January chillers, usually two layers of Thermax, plus possibly a Hot Chilly top and a cotton turtleneck on top of that. Occasionally, before I warm up enough, I may have to loosen the top buckle on the way up the chair. My boots are always dried all night with warmer sticks and before I stow them in the boot bag, I stuff mittens in them or something else to keep that warm air in. If I put them on and for some reason they feel chilly (stopped on an errand on the way to the hill or whatever), I spend a quarter to warm them up again with one of those machines in the locker room. At lunch, I unbuckle them to make sure that my circulation will come back up to speed. Rarely do I have a need for Hotronics. When I do, I remember it means drilling the boots or losing the Hotronics to a low-flying chair as you get off.
post #15 of 19
Originally Posted by Yuki
The only thing that should be in a boot is a sock....
A foot's okay, too.

Sock: thin silk liner sock.

Look at it this way: the only way a sock is going to insulate much is if it has some loft, that is, room to "fluff up." But that's no way to ski: with your foot rattling around semi-loose with an uncompressed but compressible cushion around it. So: if you put on a big fluffy sock, you find yourself cinching down your boots so the sock is compressed all around your foot. In this state, it's not doing you much good as insulation, and you're smooshing your foot all over with the force necessary to compress the sock, cutting off circulation and making the whole problem worse.

Bootgloves (TM) over the outside of the boot apparently do some good, or so those who have used them tell me.
post #16 of 19
I use Smartwool Marino, thinnest made. My boots are quite snug though.There are Alpaca socks available too, but they are a midweight, which would probably work for you (especially if you've actually been able to get two pairs in there) I'll wear midweight if my liners are packed out, but beyond that, it's time for new liners- I use Thermoflex, which are warm and relatively cheap to replace ($125) compared to new boots.
Heaters are a lot of fuss, but people swear by them, and cold toes suck.
post #17 of 19
Originally Posted by dp
I got some socks from Ric Reiter (vailsnopro) 2 years ago that I really like. They are made by Fox River, and are a blend of merino wool (mostly) and silk. They're thin and because of the silk slide into the boot really easily without bunching up and making wrinkles.
Fox River are what I wear too, but mine are a mix of synthetics with merino wool (19%). I have no complaints, and that includes the January polar blasts that sibhusky mentioned (I don't wear a mask though, my beard developes a formidable ice shield). They were cheap too, $5 a pair on sale.
post #18 of 19
I wear Polypro socks (go to REI) with thick smartwool, The polypro keeps themoisture away from my feet and the smartwools keep my feetsies toasy!
post #19 of 19
I use bridgedale socks. They are very form fitting and hold their shape well. I used to use smartwool, but they seems to stretch out quite a bit; although my wife likes them.
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